The Meaning is in the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent  -     By: Paula Gooder
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The Meaning is in the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent

Paraclete Press / 2009 / Paperback

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In her debut book, Paula Gooder notes that in our observance of Advent, the spiritual practice of waiting is a vital component to our well-being and our Christian growth. Waiting is the primary lesson of Advent, notes Gooder, and Advent is about learning to love the waiting. Arranged for daily reading during the feverish run-up to Christmas, Gooder helps us to discover different kinds of waiting by using the biblical characters traditionally represented by each of the candles on the Advent wreath. Abraham & Sarah waited a lifetime for the fulfillment of God's promises, the Hebrew prophets waited for God's intervention, John the Baptist waited for the beginning of a new era of God's ministry and Mary waited with patience for God to bring forth events well beyond her control. With a forward by Lauren Winner, this thoughtful book will enable you to participate in a way of being that is expectant rather than urgent, keeping you focused on God in the present, rather than on some uncertain future.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1557256624
ISBN-13: 9781557256621
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Advent is about learning to love the waiting…

  
Waiting is the primary lesson of Advent, says Paula Gooder. In the company of the biblical characters with whom the candles on the Advent wreath are traditionally associated, she helps us to discover very different kinds of waiting:
 
* Abraham and Sarah—who waited a lifetime for the fulfillment of God’s promises.
* The Hebrew prophets—who waited for God’s intervention, both longed for and feared.
* John the Baptist—whose ministry marked the end of one era and anticipated the new.
* Mary—whose life was shaped by waiting and by events beyond her control.
 
The Meaning Is in the Waiting is arranged for daily reading in the hectic run-up to Christmas. This thoughtful book will enable you to grow more fully into a way of being that is expectant rather than urgent, more focused on God’s presence right now than on some imagined future. You will venture on this journey in companionship with the God who waits with us.

Author Bio

Paula Gooder is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral, a visiting lecturer at King’s College, and travels throughout North America and Europe leading workshops and inspiring Christians to deepen and express their faith in new ways.

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