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God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

15th June 2013 Christian Books 6 Comments

“There are only two places where the powerful and great in this world lose their courage, tremble in the depths of their souls, and become truly afraid. These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ.”

“No priest, no theologian stood at the cradle of Bethlehem. And yet, all Christian theology finds its beginnings in the miracle of miracles, that God became human.”

These stirring words are among forty devotions that guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s letters, and passages from his Christmas sermons, these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.

God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

  • 6 responses to "God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas"

  • holly
    2:42 on June 15th, 2013
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    There are many, many Advent books out there, but this is by far the best. Classic Richard Rohr – looking with eyes that really see, drawing you deeper into the mystery, calling you to make your faith a lifestyle and not just a set of beliefs. I have other books for Advent, but each year I decide to do something different, I give up and come back to Rohr, a prophet worth following!

  • Mike Cane
    2:54 on June 15th, 2013
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    I realize this is January but I wanted to let you know about a book I read during Advent and Christmas. I have been looking for a good Advent book for a long time and I have found it.

    This little book is divided into 5 parts:
    *Advent Week One–Waiting
    *Advent Week Two– Mystery
    *Advent Week Three–Redemption
    *Advent Week Four– Incarnation
    *The Twelve Days of Christmas and Epiphany

    Reading devotional literature by Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be challenging. But God is in the Manger opens up the gospel and will take you to the heart of the Christmas story.

    Most of these devotions are taken from writings during the time Bonhoeffer was being held in a Nazi prison cell. Also included with each day’s reading are short excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s letters and passages from his Christmas sermons.

    I plan to read this again before Advent 2011. We need to be reminded about the real reason for Christmas–Christ.

  • IT_Manager
    13:26 on June 16th, 2013
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    This small book is challenging. I had already owned one before I ordered more for gifts: those people that are deep thinkers in the spiritual life. I love this book; it needs to be reread again and again. It’s beautiful. Some of Rohr’s ideas in this book are also in Radical Grace, another good book. The cover of ‘Preparing for Christmas’ sets the scene: beautiful, wintertime, peaceful, heavenward, a solitary tree, ‘Grace-Full’.

  • Ibere
    19:21 on June 16th, 2013
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    I am drawn to Bonhoeffer’s writings and find them inspirational, especially when I think about how he was martyred for the Christian faith. Highly recommend.

  • anotherguy
    19:31 on June 16th, 2013
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    This book is exactly what I was looking for! Written by a priest, I am Catholic) providdes scripture and reflections for each and every day of Advent. I can drop it in my purse or coat pocket; it’s a beautiful book.

  • briancat
    22:24 on June 16th, 2013
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    I strongly recommend this book as a nicely edited selection of Bonhoeffer’s views on Christmas.

    But $80 for a book that is available new in brick book stores for the list price of less than ten?

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