By contributors and staff at The Well

A Gift for the Season: Advent Resources

With the season of Advent upon us, we at The Well thought our readers might enjoy a little holiday boost. While we delight in the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, we often notice that we could use some extra help finding and choosing resources to help us along the journey. After asking several of our contributors for their favorite recommendations, we are ready to offer an abundant list of books, media, and practices that might inspire you and your family this Advent.

A tip for usage: Is the length of this list overwhelming to you? We hope not, but if it is, take a moment to ask God to highlight just one or two things you might like to investigate further or add in to your Advent observance this year. There is no rush and no need to explore everything. His good Spirit will lead you.

Blessings to you this Advent season!

The contributors and staff at The Well

You can find a full list of our contributors at the end of the article. Their initials next to the various resources indicate each contributor's recommendations.

Books for Adults

Websites and other resources

  • The Advent Project at Biola University. Since Advent is often a season of busyness and traveling, I always subscribe to some daily email devotionals that I can read anywhere. I love The Advent Project out of Biola University's Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts — a free series of thoughtful, eloquent, and personal reflections accompanied by visual art and music. It’s beautiful. (AK, CB, HWP)
  • I buy a taper candle that has all the days numbered and I burn it down, day by day. (CB)
  • This year I bought an Advent coloring book calendar — this is a new thing for me, but I thought I’d try it! (CB)
  • In general, I lean heavily into poetry readings on the incarnation and on the classic Scripture passages but I am always looking for new stuff. I also lean heavily into music — Celtic, traditional, choral, instrumental — to help me pray, worship, and reflect. (CB)
  • Advent devotionals by World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice. These feature stories from people around the world who are learning how to holistically live out God's call to do justice and love mercy. (AK)
  • This year, I’m looking forward to exploring Jan Johnson’s online Advent retreat Bringing Advent to Life. (AB)

For children and families

From The Well

You can find a wealth of advent-themed articles in our archives, but here are three of our favorites to start with.

  • Dear Mentor: Is there time for Advent? How can I find time for Advent preparations with all of the pressures of school?
  • Entangled Calendars. Heather Walker Peterson explores the tension of living amidst both the secular and the sacred at this time of year.
  • Blessed Is She. Anna Moseley Gissing reflects on the promise of fulfillment that is true for us all through the coming of Christ.

Carrie Bare
Marcia Bosscher
Ann Boyd
Jon Boyd
Anna Moseley Gissing
Karen Hice Guzmán
Ashley Hales
Carmen Imes
Adele Konyndyk
Anne Pharr
Heather Walker Peterson

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