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Christmas 2023 issue

Book Corner

At the time of writing this, Advent is only two weeks away. Here are a few suggestions for your Advent and Christmas readings.

Sleepers Wake: Getting serious about Climate Change by Nicholas Holtam

The problems of climate change are greater and more urgent than many of us realise. For while we may appreciate the challenges posed by the technical and political issues, the fundamental problem, as Nicholas Holtam argues, is spiritual. The words of scientist Gus Speth, former Director of the National Research Defence Council in the US, are highly pertinent: “I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, eco system collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years good science we could address these problems.  But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy – and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation – and we scientists don’t know how to do that”. Offering a meditation about climate change and the environment that is brilliantly relevant to the season, this book focuses over 4 weeks on the topics of Now, Spirituality, Creation and Hope.  

REF 5635 (SPCK) (RRP £10.99) ASLAN £9.99

Sharing The Christmas Story:  From Reading to Living the Gospel by Sally Welch

What is the Christmas Story really about and how do we share it? Through each week in Advent, a different aspect of the Christmas story is examined: light, promise, mystery, love, peace and hope.  Within each week, the days are focused on the ways in which the Christmas story is shared: prophecies, journeys, new life, signs, poems, stories and conversations.  Each day offers a Bible passage, followed by a reflection and prayer activity.  

REF 3532 (GOOD BOOK COMPANY) (RRP  £8.99) £7.99

Joy to The World: 25 Christmas Carol Meditations by J. John

Advent looks forward to the world being utterly changed in every way by the coming of Christ.  This season let’s explore Christmas by focusing on Carols and what they say.  When the Bible talks about Christ’s coming into the world it sounds a note of joy.  To understand Christmas is to experience joy.

REF 5714 (PHILO TRUST) (RRP £6.99) £5.99

Advent Together: The Advent Family Devotional by Steve and Bekah Legg

Journey through Advent together as a family with daily readings, prayers, thoughts and activities for all ages.  As the parents of a blended family of five children, Steve and Bekah Legg, bring a fun, engaging and accessible approach to reading and understanding the Bible so that everyone can join in and understand.

‘A great resource to bring the family together to talk about the things that matter’: Rob Parsons.

REF 3441 (WAVERLEY ABBEY) (RRP £6.99) £5.99

Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Christmas

Discover the Angel Gabriel, Mary and Joseph, the three kings, and the baby Jesus, as you have never seen them before in Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Christmas. A delightfully funny and vibrant retelling in rhyme of the story of Christmas.  This is a poem that children and grown ups will love to read and perform.

REF 5700 (SPCK) (RRP £8.99) £5.99

Wishing you all a reflective Advent and Blessed Christmas.

All suggestions taken from the Christmas Edition of Aslan Christian Books aslanchristianbooks.com or phone 0330 0272828 or I can order for you.

Lynn Winter