As we welcome the season of Advent, here are a few new books to help you experience Immanuel, God with us.
“Little Mole’s Christmas Gift”
The second in a series, this children’s picture book starring Little Mole is a Christmas tale of kindess and generosity. The book is written by Glenys Nellist, a United Methodist pastor’s wife, and illustated by Scottish artist Sally Garland.
“Stillness of Winter”
This beautiful gift book from journalist and author Barbara Mahany is part spiritual guide, almanac, scrapbook, field notes and recipe box, sharing with readers ideas for experiencing joy and curiousity in the season of winter.
“Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas”
United Methodist pastor and author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, while exploring the historical and personal significance of Jesus’ birth. “Incarnation” is a standalone book and also is available as a four-week Bible study. A leader guide, DVD and children and youth resources are available. A special “Incarnation” Virtual Kit also is available.
This book and Advent study explores the warmth of welcome at Christmas as readers follow interactions with Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the magi. Ultimately, as Jesus makes room in God’s Kingdom for all people, including the marginalized, Dr. Ed Robb, United Methodist pastor and author, asks us to ponder who we can make room for this Christmas.
“The Advent Calendar of Devotions 2020”
This pocket-sized book provides daily devotions centered on the importance of Advent and preparing to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Cokesbury sells the devotional as an ebook or the physical booklet in packs of 10.
You may also want to check out perennial favorites from United Methodist Publishing House, including
"The Gift of the Nutcracker" by Matt Rawle;
"The Redemption of Scrooge” by Matt Rawle;
“Not A Silent Night" by Adam Hamilton;
"7 Days of Christmas: A Season of Generosity" by Jen Hatmaker;
“Heart & Home for Christmas: Celebrating Joy in Your Living Space” by Victoria Duerstock;
"Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience" by Magrey deVega, Ingrid McIntyre, April Casperson, Matt Rawle:
"Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent" by Amy-Jill Levine;
"Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph" by Adam Hamilton;
“Christmas Gifts that Won’t Break”by James W. Moore with Jacob Armstrong;
"Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas" by Jorge Acevedo, Jacob Armstrong, Justin LaRosa, Rachel Billups, Lanecia Rouse.
* Crystal Caviness, who works for UMC.org at United Methodist Communications, compiled this list of books based on recommendations by staff at United Methodist Publishing House. You may reach her by email or at 615-742-5138. This article was published on November 12, 2020.