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John Sentamu – Wake Up to Advent: The Archbishop of York’s Advent Book 2019

SPCK 130 Pages £9.99 ISBN 9780281083541

As Oliver O’ Donovan says in the foreword, this is a book that is best read slowly and carefully. Part of the value of a book of readings like this is what we bring to the table as we read, reflect and pray; that means taking time to interact with the material.   

Bishop Sentamu covers the four weeks of Advent with the following four themes: Wake up – Clean up – Feed up – Grow Up.

The first three take seven days, the fourth finishes with Christmas Day, which this year falls on a Wednesday.

The book would be a good resource for anyone who wants to find a way of re-centring the heart as we move through the season of Advent in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. It would make a good gift to a church leader, who has to get their head around yet another Advent season. 

To read these carefully crafted meditations is to experience a wake-up call. We all need reminders to pay attention to what God is doing in our lives and in our world. These meditations help readers to attend to God’s words and actions through simple biblical teaching that informs, and by a generous sprinkling with some great stories that inspire.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex

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