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The Meaning is in the Waiting

The Spirit of Advent

The Meaning is in the Waiting

The Spirit of Advent

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781853119088
Published: 29/08/2008

This is the first in a series of books commissioned in consultation with John Sentamu. It can be described as "The Archbishop of York's Advent book". Its theme is overtly an Advent one, yet subsequent books will range over other biblical and seasonal topics.

Paula Gooder provides a profoundly biblical guide to the season of Advent and we explore its central theme of waiting (something we are not good at in our modern culture) in the company of the biblical characters who feature prominently in the lectionary readings for the season: Abraham and Sarah who waited for a child, Isaiah and the prophets who waited for judgement and redemption, John the Baptist whose role was to wait in the wilderness until the prophecies he foretold were realised, Mary whose waiting began in pregnancy and continued as she stood at the foot of the cross.

Arranged for daily reading, this offers an exquisite meditation on the spirituality of waiting - the active doing of nothing - as a way of enhancing our lives and bringing us closer to God.

Paula Gooder

Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical studies, a Reader in the Church of England and an honorary Canon Theologian at Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals.

'Shrewd observations and intelligent commentary are offered with a lightness of touch...an exceedingly good book, and well worth waiting with.'   Church Times, November 2008 'An excellent Advent book, original and thought-provoking...strongly recommend as a very worthwhile read, enabling us to learn that this season "is not so much a season as a way of being".   Church of Ireland Gazette, November 2008 'This little book offers a great deal of food for thought around the theme of waiting during Advent. It cites many biblical passages but it is not a commentary on them: it has ideas to stretch the reader intellectually, but it is not a critical study...It is a book primarily for personal devotion and study, though it could be used equally well in a small group'. Reform, November 2008