God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas

Feast of St Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople
God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas edited by Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe

PART DEVOTION, part art, and part prayer, God With Us is a spiritual summons. Christmas coming ‘round year after year forces us, in the words of Eugene Peterson, to “deal with all the mess of our humanity in the context of God who has already entered that mess in the glorious birth of Jesus.” Calling on a bright handful of contemporary Christian writers from the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions, editors Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe have assembled short essays for every day of the advent and epiphany seasons, accompanied by scripture readings, prayers, and color reproductions of classic and contemporary art. Feasts within this time – among them St. Nicholas, the Conception of the Virgin Mary, St. Stephen, St. John the Evangelist, and the Holy Innocents – are historically (and thoughtfully) considered. The aggregate is a virtual rescue “from a life in which the wonder has leaked out,” to quote Peterson. The creative work of these artists, poets, pastors, writers, and cultural critics is nothing less, or more than, a turning toward. As Scott Cairns renders it, “we must prepare the way . . . to cultivate an awareness of how near the Holy One bides, how immediately he accompanies our every moment, how beautifully and sweetly he attends our every breath.”

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