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    Pauses for Advent

    Looking for a book that offers a simple, doable daily practice for Advent? Trevor Hudson designed this study for busy people who want to carve out a few minutes each day to have a more meaningful Advent. He focuses on one biblical “word of wonder” for each day of Advent. His brief meditations will help you gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Advent. As Hudson leads you to explore 4 significant characters in the Christmas drama, you will discover how to open your heart and life more generously to God. His simple yet not simplistic approach will help you prepare your heart and mind for Christmas.

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    In Days to Come

    Instead of putting away your nativity scenes and other Christmas decorations on December 25, celebrate all the days to come! December 25 is only the beginning of Christmas, George Donigian reminds us. He offers meditations that begin with Advent and continue through the 12th night of Christmas—January 6 (also known as Epiphany).

    Four meditations per week, written in a conversational style and covering diverse topics, will grab your interest and encourage you to move with the Incarnation of Jesus Christ into the new year and into mission and ministry.

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    Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer

    Slow down, simplify, and add a burst of color to your Advent. The spiritual practice of coloring mandalas (circular designs), lighting candles, and praying can help you stay centered on God. Based on the candles of the Advent wreath, this coloring book for adults weaves together the popular practice of coloring with 4 simple methods of contemplative prayer. This is more than just a coloring book for adults—it is also a visual prayer journal.

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    For Sabbath’s Sake

    Do you long to rest and spend quality time with friends and family? Are you looking for a stronger connection with God? There’s an ancient spiritual practice that can help you find balance: keeping sabbath. With humor and honesty, Dana Trent reveals her own struggles with keeping sabbath, traces the rich history of sabbath, and helps you find ways to set apart time for what matters most. For sabbath’s sake—for sanity’s sake—you need this book!

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    Living Compassion

    How do we become more compassionate toward others, especially in a world torn by hatred and strife? Andrew Dreitcer, codirector of the Center for Engaged Compassion, leads you to explore how certain Christian spiritual practices are also compassion practices. Learn how to express your innate compassion, and find out how to turn your desire to be more compassionate into a life centered in genuine, lasting compassion. In so doing, you will discover the art of loving as Jesus loved.

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