Each year, BRF publishes an Advent book of readings from 1 December to 6 January. These can help to draw us back to the truths of Christmas, as well as providing an opportunity to meet together with others in reading groups. A number of our Advent titles are also available on Kindle or as downloads.
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The life stories of the Celtic saints are inspirational. They demonstrate great and unassuming faith, often in the face of insurmountable difficulties. In 40 Days with the Celtic Saints David Cole draws us to relate our own life journey and developing relationship with God into the life story of the Celtic saint of the day. A corresponding biblical text and blessing encourages and motivates us to transform our lives for today's world in the light of such historic faith.More info Add to basket
As we approach the Christmas season we prepare to celebrate the coming to earth of someone who really does make a difference. At this season the 'windows' of our human experience can change from rows of faceless panes, perhaps grimy with dirt, into lighted windows that open up new possibilities and coax us into a place where rejoicing might be possible.More info Add to basket
This book takes the reader on a journey with a difference through Advent and Christmas. The daily reflections work backwards from the traditional Advent theme of the second coming of Jesus, via his life, death and resurrection, to come at last to the incarnation and the events commemorated at Christmas itself. In the following days, the focus turns to Christ as the Word of God, present at the dawn of creation. Along the way, we 'visit' some of the actual Holy Land sites associated with Gospel events, casting fresh light on familiar stories.More info Add to basket
The weeks leading up to Christmas are probably the busiest time of year for local churches and local church ministers. This book offers 'bite-size' reflections for every day from 1 December to Christmas Eve, based on readings from the Prologue to John's Gospel, one of the best-loved of Christmas Bible readings. The meditative style of the book encourages readers to slow down and savour every one of the familiar words and find much-needed refreshment for themselves as well as inspiration for sharing with others.More info Add to basket
This book of daily Bible readings and reflective comment covers the weeks from 1 December through to Epiphany on 6 January. As well as considering the well-known events of the nativity story, it looks back to those who prepared the way - the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament and John the Baptist and Mary the mother of Jesus in the New Testament. The book also explores the traditional Advent focus on the 'four last things', death, judgment, heaven and hell. Rodney Holder shows how these sombre themes have their place in the build-up to the celebrations, because of another historic aspect of Advent: reflecting on the second coming of Jesus, when he will return, as Lord and King rather than helpless baby, to set the world to rights.More info Add to basket
This book offers a lively, engaging, and accessible look at the theme of the Incarnation, the mysterious event at the heart of Christmas, using personal stories, illustrations from popular culture and the arts, as well as daily Bible readings. The starting-point is what the 'Word made flesh' means for us and how the first Christmas should still have an impact on our everyday lives.More info Add to basket
This book of daily Bible readings and reflections for Advent and Christmas is based around spiritual insights gleaned from some of the best-loved poets of the past - TS Eliot, George Herbert, Tennyson and Auden, among others. While they come from different ages and backgrounds, they wrestled with the same questions that we do, about God, love, hope, and suffering. This book is not a literary study of their work, but a quest to see what they can tell us about life and faith today. Their poems are quoted in short sections, with suggestions about what they might mean for us now.More info Add to basket
The Bible presents the ultimate adventure - God's incredible, personal journey to the human race, which he loves with an amazing love, despite its repeated rejection of him. The story culminates in the coming of Jesus Christ, the incarnate God, in the events we celebrate every Christmas. This book of readings for Advent and Christmas shows how Jesus has come to take us home to God, no matter what our starting point.More info Add to basket
Daily readings for Advent, drawing together all four Gospel accounts of Christ's coming and looks at the beginnings and endings this encapsulates, as well as some of the very human episodes that happen in between.More info Add to basket