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28 October 2022

Rebekah Lesan

One of Rebekah Lesan’s decorations for Brightest and Best by Philippa Ruth Wilson

One of Rebekah Lesan’s decorations for Brightest and Best by Philippa Ruth Wilson

THE following titles have been published for Advent and the coming liturgical year:

BRIGHTEST AND BEST: 31 Advent devotions on Jesus by Philippa Ruth Wilson (Christian Focus Publications £9.99 (£7.99); 978-1-5271-0874-5) is a collection of Advent devotions which relate familiar carols to biblical material. The text is accompanied by black-and-white artwork by Rebekah Lesan.

First published in 2012, Companions on the Bethlehem Road by the late Rachel Boulding, who was a deputy editor of the Church Times, has been reprinted in hardback in BRF’s Centenary Classics series (BRF, £14.99 (£13.49); 978-1-80039-088-1). The reflections on biblical passages made plentiful use of quotation from a range of poems chosen for their relevance.

Sacred Space: The prayerbook 2023 (Messenger Publications, £12.95 (£11.65); 978-1-78812-554-3) includes scripture readings and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic with six steps of prayer and reflection: the presence of God; freedom; consciousness; the Word; conversation; and a conclusion. From the same publisher, Sacred Space: Advent and Christmas 2022-2023 (£6.95 (£6.25); 978-1-78812-561-1) provides the same kind of resources, but for the coming seasons only.

Reflections for Daily Prayer: Advent 2022 to eve of Advent 2023 (Church House Publishing, £16.99 (£15.29); 978-0-7151-2396-6) offers reflections on the scripture readings of the day, based on the Common Worship Lectionary for Morning Prayer. In addition, Paula Gooder, one of the most outstanding biblical scholars writing today, provides the meditations for Holy Week. Other contributors include Kate Bruce, Vanessa Conant, Steven Croft, Helen-Ann Hartley, Jonathan Frost, Michael Ipgrave, Mark Ireland, Graham James, Libby Lane, Jan McFarlane, Mark Oakley, John Perumbalath, Sarah Rowland Jones, Angela Tilby, and Jane Williams. For every day (excluding Sundays), there are full references and a quotation from the day’s readings, a commentary on one of the readings, and a collect. Among other features is the inclusion of a simple order for Morning and Night Prayer.

Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily reflections for Advent and Christmas 2022-2023 by Mary DeTurris Poust (Liturgical Press, £2.99 (£2.69); 978-0-8146-6691-3) is another annual publication, which offers concise daily devotional material based on the Roman Catholic eucharistic lectionary. It is also available as Waiting in Joyful Hope Large Print: Daily reflections for Advent and Christmas 2022-2023 (£4.99 (£4.49); 978-0-8146-6692-0).

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