The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist

The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist

by Sybil MacBeth

Paperback

$17.99
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

Advent and Epiphany are the often-neglected parentheses around Christmas. Sybil MacBeth wants to change that. The Season of the Nativity – Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany – deserves more attention and better publicity. As the opening three acts for the liturgical year, it sets the stage for our yearlong journey through Scripture and salvation history. This book combines memoir, front-porch theology, and pages of spiritual practices and activities to invite individuals and families into a deeper relationship with a time of year you may have never discovered before. It gives simple tools and exercises for word-weary, distracted, and busy people – perhaps to experience a serious and playful nativity season for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612614106
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,183,441
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sybil MacBeth is the author of Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God (2007) and Praying in Color Kids’ Edition (2009). Praying in Color uses doodling and coloring as a way to get still and listen to God. Sybil combines her lifelong love of prayer with her experience as a community college mathematics professor to offer workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her workshops, both prayerful and playful, engage people of varied learning styles. Sybil is married to Andy MacBeth, an Episcopal priest, and is the mother of two adult sons.
 
Praying in Color has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Korean. Her 2014 book The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist (Paraclete Press, Fall 2014) invites people to experience the richness of the holiday season at home. Learn more at Sybil’s website and blog: prayingincolor.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nativity Season Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany 5

Chapter 1 Confessions 9

Chapter 2 Reasons to Read This Book 14

Chapter 3 My Calendars 17

Chapter 4 The Liturgical Calendar 22

Chapter 5 My Advents, Christmas, and Epiphanies-Long Past 33

Chapter 6 My Advents, Christmas, and Epiphanies-Today 41

Chapter 7 Frameworks for the Nativity Season 45

Chapter 8 Advent: The Season of Hope 49

Chapter 9 Advent: Practices & Activities 55

Chapter 10 Christmas: The Season of Love 111

Chapter 11 Christmas: Practices & Activities 115

Chapter 12 Epiphany: The Season of faith 133

Chapter 13 Epiphany: Practices & Activities 137

Chapter 14 Spread the Word 147

Acknowledgments 149

Appendix 151

Notes 157

Customer Reviews