Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom

Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom❮KINDLE❯ ❆ Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom ❃ Author Walter Wangerin Jr. – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In Preparing for Jesus, best selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the hea In Preparing for Jesus: Meditations ePUB ☆ Jesus, best selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the heart of the Christmas season Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving meditations make Christ s birth both intimate and immediate, allowing us to see Christmas from its original happening Preparing for Epub / to its perennial recurrence in our hearts Preparing for Jesus is sure to be a seasonal classic, treasured year after year. I found a beautifully written guide for Advent this year, one I would unhesitatingly recommend to those wanting to pause thoughtfully during Advent and prepare for the celebration of the Incarnation Walter Wangerin Jr has a way of getting inside the human thoughts and feelings of each character of the Christmas story and helping me to enter into their experience as well I plan to read through again next year PREPARING FOR JESUS This book is a devotional that covers the Advent and Christmas seasons plus the Day of Epiphany It is to be read one chapter a day and, indeed, that is the best way to read it, as one bounds, skips, crawls, and or struggles through the holidays There is encouragement in each Wangerin also displays quite an imagination as he steps beyond the pages of Scripture in describing the characters and events recorded in the Gospels According to Matthew and Luke Other reviews have PREPARING FOR JESUS This book is a devotional that covers the Advent and Christmas seasons plus the Day of Epiphany It is to be read one chapter a day and, indeed, that is the best way to read it, as one bounds, skips, crawls, and or struggles through the holidays There is encouragement in each Wangerin also displays quite an imagination as he steps beyond the pages of Scripture in describing the characters and events recorded in the Gospels According to Matthew and Luke Other reviews have criticized him for this I could add to it but I also realize that preachers, myself included, occasionally take liberties with Scripture in our sermons When we do, we hope they enhance our listeners understanding of the stories and characters I m not sure it does in every case here.Wangerin s chronology is off one day If one reads a chapter a day as he suggests then the book ends on January 5 He calls The Day of the Epiphany the twelfth day of Christmas but it is actually on January 6, twelve days after Christmas Day Following the lead of my Goodreads friend Diane, I ve put my favorite lines in the book at the end To be frank, I m not sure I would have added any lines but the ones that follow, which are near the end of the book, came to me shortly after I learned that the mother of one of my best friends had just been put into Hospice care I will be officiating her funeral and I may use these words in the service And Jesus shall turn suffering into redemption, and to turn dying into life for the innocents, the Josephs and the Marys Their dying shall have good company, and then it shall have an end Go in sweet obedience, my beloved and though you die, it shall end in life for you My God, my Father, make me strong, When tasks of life seem hard and long, To greet them with this triumph song Thy will be done.Draw from my timid eyes the veil To show, where earthly forces fail, Thy power and love must still prevail Thy will be done.With confident and humble mind Freedom in service I would find, Praying through every toil assigned Thy will be done.Things deemed impossible I dare, Thine is the call and Thine the care Thy wisdom shall the way prepare Thy will be done.All power is here and round me now Faithful I stand in rule and vow, While tis not I, but ever Thou Thy will be done.Heaven s music chimes the glad days in Hope soars beyond death, pain, and sin Faith shouts in triumph, Love must win Thy will be done Frederick Mann, 1928 Wangerin Jr., Walter Preparing for Jesus pp 183 184 Zondervan Kindle Edition Three stars waxing This Advent Epiphany collection of readings has some helpful and inspiring stuff, but it quickly became bogged down by a few elements that made it tedious and iffy The occasional florid prose becomes just plain hard to follow at times I didn t like the days when Wangerin talks to biblical figures and conjectures about their experiences I understand the appeal of being able to see their stories from their own shoes, but it always felt off and not quite right.I did appreciate that this devotion This Advent Epiphany collection of readings has some helpful and inspiring stuff, but it quickly became bogged down by a few elements that made it tedious and iffy The occasional florid prose becomes just plain hard to follow at times I didn t like the days when Wangerin talks to biblical figures and conjectures about their experiences I understand the appeal of being able to see their stories from their own shoes, but it always felt off and not quite right.I did appreciate that this devotional extended through Epiphany I m so glad this book came across my radar just as I was trying to figure out what Advent study I wanted to read this year The price was right on Kindle under 5 so this is what I went with I really enjoyed Wangerin s journey through the different characters involved in the Christmas story His reverence for the miracle of Jesus birth was so wonderfully written I also liked that this went from the beginning of Advent through to Epiphany. Beautifully written and is one I ll read again and again Wangerin has a way with words that tell the familiar story of the birth of Jesus in a way that makes it real to the point of wonderment at how deep and true the love of God is for all. More than the typical advent devotional, I learned new things and gathered new insight into the life of young Jesus I ll read again. Wonderful advent reading for personal reflection I d like to check out his book for lent as well. Would read again. This book is great. I enjoyed reading this book and it was great.

Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ,
  • Hardcover
  • 195 pages
  • Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom
  • Walter Wangerin Jr.
  • English
  • 04 September 2018
  • 0310206448