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This unique presentation weaves together the perspectives of the four Gospel writers with insights from artists, prayers, and hymns from around the world. It provides a glimpse through many centuries and cultures of God's coming among us.

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Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent
By Pamela Hawkins (Upper Room)

Let this book walk you through the Advent and Christmas seasons on your own or with a small group. Through thoughtful themes and reflections, engaging questions, and meditative prayers, this book highlights a deeper dimension in the quest for meaning.

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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
By Various Authors (Orbis Books)

With daily readings from Advent through Epiphany, this book compiles the writings of C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Kathleen Norris, Annie Dillard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bernard of Clairvaux, Martin Luther, and T. S. Eliot.

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Advent with Evelyn Underhill
By Christopher Webber, Ed. (Morehouse Publishing)

These inspirational daily readings for Advent through Epiphany offer the opportunity for spiritual reflection and growth through the timeless writings of Christian mystic Evelyn Underhill.

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The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus' Life
By Jim Bishop (HarperOne)

For something different this season, re-live the biblical journey to Bethlehem, the first Christmas night, the visits of the shepherds and Magi, the flight into Egypt, and the quiet, joyous return through the rich narration of this republished classic.

Paul-Gordon Chandler is rector of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Cairo and author of Songs in Waiting.

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