THE annual Reflections for Daily Prayer: Advent 2019 to the eve of Advent 2020 includes simple forms of morning and night prayer, as well as daily collects, lectionary details, and pieces by 19 contributors, including Rosalind Brown, Malcolm Guite, Jessica Martin, Brother Samuel SSF, Angela Tilby, and Lucy Winkett (Church House Publishing, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-78140-123-1).
The Earth Cries Glory: Daily prayer with creation by Steven Shakespeare offers complete liturgies for morning, midday, evening, and night prayer throughout the year, including Advent and Christmas, as well as rites for “Praying with the Elements” (air, fire, water, earth)(Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78622-228-2).
Hearers of the Word: Praying and exploring the readings for Advent and Christmas: Year A is by Kieran J. O’Mahoney OSA (Messenger Publications, £17.95 (£16.15); 978-1-78812-095-1).
Mercifully Short . . . : . . . Nativity plays, puppet sketches and readings by James Cary, the BBC (Miranda) comedy writer, seeks to provide material that is easy to rehearse and perform, and funny, including three nativity plays (Kevin Mayhew, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-83858-000-1).
Redeeming Advent: Pursuing Christ through the haze of tinsel, giftwrap and Lebkuchen by Lucy Rycroft, a parenting blogger, who offers 24 daily personal reflections and prayers (Gilead Books, £7.95 (£7.15); 978-1-999724-8-7).
The Late Wise Man: A lively and humorous Christmas musical by Denis O’Gorman and Barry Hart, for classroom use at Key Stage 2, and with downloadable backing tracks (Kevin Mayhew, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-83858-010-0). This is also available in other formats, as is Shelley Corkill’s Key Stage 1-2 musical, with downloadable backing tracks, Christmas Refugees: A little Syrian boy learns about the world’s most famous refugee from 2000 years ago (Kevin Mayhew, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-84867-996-2).
Food for the Journey: 365-day devotional, edited by Elizabeth McQuoid (IVP, £16.99 (£15.30); 9781-78359-730-7), is a year’s Bible studies from the Keswick stable.