Celtic Advent

40 days of devotions to Christmas

David Cole

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If your pre-Christmas season has become too hectic (and whose isn't?), this book is a must. A brilliant tool to help us rediscover Advent, to reflect daily, personally, spiritually, and to learn abundantly from a truly inspired and dedicated author. Whether you're familiar with Celtic Christianity or it's never crossed your path, if you're a seeker of wisdom, peace and a fresh approach to seasonal contemplation, this book will be your constant companion through Advent. An inspirational read. Buy it, read it, and I'm sure you'll have a more peaceful Christmas.
Paul Kerensa, writer and comedian

Content

This inspirational book takes the reader through Advent to the celebration of Christmas through the eyes and beliefs of Celtic Christianity. Starting in November and reflecting on Jesus' coming at his birth as well as into our lives by the Holy Spirit and at the world's end, the author offers a unique approach to the season to help you gain a new sense of wonder in the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of the world.

Endorsements

If your pre-Christmas season has become too hectic (and whose isn't?), this book is a must. A brilliant tool to help us rediscover Advent, to reflect daily, personally, spiritually, and to learn abundantly from a truly inspired and dedicated author. Whether you're familiar with Celtic Christianity or it's never crossed your path, if you're a seeker of wisdom, peace and a fresh approach to seasonal contemplation, this book will be your constant companion through Advent. An inspirational read. Buy it, read it, and I'm sure you'll have a more peaceful Christmas.
Paul Kerensa, writer and comedian

This beautiful book is clear. It is holy. It begins with the concept of Advent and ends with the celebration of Christmas. In between it spends three ten day periods exploring Christ's first coming, his present coming into our lives and his future coming. If you pay attention to each day's reflections you will become part of a life-changing Advent adventure and Christmas will become part of you.
Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda

David Cole has provided us with a thoughtful and enlivening guide book as we make our way through the season of Advent.
Michael Mitton, author of 'Restoring the Woven Cord' and 'Seasoned by Seasons'

Author info

Previously a full-time church minister, David Cole is an international spiritual teacher and retreat leader, an award-winning author and the Deputy Guardian for the Community of Aidan and Hilda. He is also the founder of Waymark Ministries, which creates opportunities for people to engage with the Christian message. He has written 40 Days with the Celtic Saints (BRF, 2017).

Reviews

Baptist Times, 30.10.18. Review by Martin Poole

'This gem of a book features 40 meditations which study the lives of the Celtic saints and offers a truly refreshing way to prepare for Christmas.'

Writing about Christmas, David Cole requests, at the outset, that the reader sits quietly and focuses on the coming season 'not on all the busyness of what needs to be done, but on the spiritual significance of what is coming up'. The classic Martha/Mary situation where in the context of Christmas our 'Marthaism' can go into overdrive!

David encourages us to incorporate 40 meditations in the days leading up to Christmas and profitably widens the scope of reflection to include three comings of Christ. So, we are called to ponder the nativity narratives as Christ comes into the world, our own stories as we consider Christ coming into our lives and finally to look forward to Christ's coming at the end of time.

The basis for the daily meditations is to be found in studying the colourful and single-minded lives of the Celtic saints. So, we are given insights into Brigid, Cuthbert, Aiden, Patrick, Cadoc and many more. Some not familiar with ancient Celtic heroes of the faith might struggle with the supernatural experiences recorded, like Dwynwen who 'walked on water to get from Wales to Ireland' or Beuno 'raising people from the dead by placing decapitated heads back on their bodies'. However, to ponder these tales against the magnificence of the incarnation is to prepare our hearts and dare to think outside the box of a post enlightenment scientific age.

We cannot also fail to be impressed by the Celtic saints who are described as having lived lives of 'holy brilliance' - the generosity of Brigid, or the tenacity of Patrick, invite us to ask the question - what sort of persons should we be in leading lives of holiness and godliness? One area where most of the 'Celts' excel is in finding space to meet with God and this intriguing book undoubtedly can lead us there too.

Celtic Advent is an invaluable aid to countering the swirling currents which are poised to liquefy the foundational doctrine and glorious celebration of God taking on flesh. This gem of a book offers a truly refreshing way to prepare for Christmas.

The Revd Martin Poole is a retired Baptist minister (Penarth, Godalming and Eastleigh Baptist Churches)

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The Church Times, 28.10.18. Advent books round-up by Lavinia Byrne

Celtic Advent by David Cole kicks off on 15 November and looks at the three comings of Christ: at Christmas; in our everyday experience; and in final judgement and death. The emphasis is on Celtic sources and the lives and example of Celtic saints. This is a book that will offer refreshment by creating a new frame of reference for the reader, as well as a fresh cast of characters for those who feel slightly jaded when attempting to approach the crib.

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The Reader website. Review by Nick Mayhew-Smith

The book restates the case for a Lent-style 40 days of preparation before Christmas, something once universally observed by the Church and still practised by some traditions. As such it does a commendable job by offering a short, daily reading of 2-3 pages: a story from Celtic lore, a contemplation, a New Testament reading and a prayer. It focuses on spiritual and emotional concepts, such as waiting, generosity, impatience, mystery and hospitality, all well chosen to build towards the ultimate purpose of this time of preparation. As with most books on Celtic Christianity, the actual source material is of variable date and provenance, a form of spirituality that is popular but also famously hard to pin down to the hard evidence of written sources. As such it encompasses a wide range of colourful material, including some very early texts but extending to much later Celtic-style musings. But this is not a history book and does a commendable job in giving references for all its quotations. That alone helps to justify the rich mix of northerly Christian cultures that are used to illuminate this journey towards the Nativity.

Review by NICK MAYHEW-SMITH

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Reform Advent book round-up November 2018

Celtic Advent, The Prince of Peace in a World of Wars (and third title by another publisher: Pathway to the Stable by Ivor Thomas Rees)

Wanting a new challenge for Advent? Then look no further. These ... books have a wealth of knowledge, sound biblical teaching, informative challenges to our thinking and reflecting, and relevance to our lives in this 21st-century world...

Celtic Advent offers us a 40-day trip, beginning on 15 November. It leads us through the story whilst sharing the beliefs and experiences of Celtic Christians, alongside scripture. Every day, there is an introductory comment, a contemplation on what has been introduced, a Bible reading and a prayer. The book is interesting, enlightening and accessible.

The Prince of Peace in a World of Wars offers us a different way to approach Advent. It begins on 1 December, ends on 6 January and is a book about peace. Each day includes a Bible text followed by comments from the author, who actively encourages us to reflect and build on what we have read and then to look outwards to the world. The book uses texts from both the Old and the New Testaments and takes us not only through the story of Jesus' birth but also before and beyond.

Reviews by Jenny Mills, minister of Newport Pagnell URC and West End United Church, Wolverton as well as Convenor of the URC children's and youth work committee.

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Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857467447
  • Published: 21 September 2018
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
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