All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings
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Open a window each day of Advent onto the natural world. Here are twenty-five fresh images of the foundational truth that lies beneath and within the Christ story. In twenty-five portraits depicting how wild animals of the northern hemisphere ingeniously adapt when darkness and cold descend, we see and hear as if for the first time in the ancient wisdom of Advent: The dark is not an end but the way a new beginning comes. Short, daily reflections that paint vivid, poetic images of familiar animals, paired with charming original wood-cuts, will engage both children and adults. Anyone who does not want to be caught, again, in the consumer hype of the holiday season, but rather to be taken up into the eternal truth the natural world reveals will welcome this book.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.38 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1612617859
ISBN-13: 9781612617855

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Publisher's Description

Open a window each day of Advent onto the natural world. Here are twenty-five fresh images of the foundational truth that lies beneath and within the Christ story. In twenty-five portraits depicting how wild animals of the northern hemisphere ingeniously adapt when darkness and cold descend, we see and hear as if for the first time the ancient wisdom of Advent:  The dark is not an end but the way a new beginning comes.
 
Short, daily reflections that paint vivid, poetic images of familiar animals, paired with charming original wood-cuts, will engage both children and adults. Anyone who does not want to be caught, again, in the consumer hype of "the holiday season" but rather to be taken up into the eternal truth the natural world reveals will welcome this book.
 

Author Bio

Gayle Boss writes in Michigan, where she was born and raised. Her life-long love of animals and her immersion in spiritual texts and practices have melded in poems and essays that explore how relationships with animals specifically, and an attentive presence in the natural world generally, restore us to our deepest selves. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and Welsh Corgi, Jessie, a registered therapy dog.
 

Editorial Reviews

Gayle Boss writes lovingly about animals in their habitats using rich and lyrical language. Children will learn--and be awestruck--as their parents read about creatures they know, and don't know.  I'm certain families will make reading this lovely book together a yearly tradition, whether they observe Advent or not.  All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings is a beautiful addition to any family library. 
—Deborah Heiligman, author of Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, a National Book Award Finalist

This book reminds me of what St. Paul tells us in Romans 8:19—All creation waits!In this invigorating view of Advent the contrasts are beautifully presented-- between darkness and light, waiting and arrival, sleeping and waking, human and animal creatureliness. The stories and illustrations partake of the kind of reality Christ exemplified in his Advent.

How lovely that …. has taken Paul's insight— "all creation waits"— and translated it to include the creatures whose lives are caught by winter. How helpful it is to join the animals during their Advent waiting. —Luci Shaw, author, Thumbprint in the Clay and SeaGlass: New and Selected poems; Writer in Residence, Regent Collegegracefully written animals 

To be awake in the world each winter is to sense loss, to know the weight of waiting. This book’s illustrations and descriptions of the winter habits of 24 animals are gentle lessons in biology—about how lactic acid pools in the bloodstream of a turtle or a porcupine’s gut digests wood. But the animals are also a metaphor for faith, and the final chapter explores the meaning of a God who became incarnate "as a child at home among animals" for the sake of a creation that still waits. —Christian Century, November 2016

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