The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis

The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope FrancisWith Prayerful Reflections Drawn From The Words Of Pope Francis, This Advent Companion Helps You Prepare For The Christmas Season With Scripture Citations For Each Day Of The Season, A Selection From The Pope S Writings, And Ways To Bring The Pope S Message Into Your Life, The Joy Of Advent Will Lend A Moment S Meditation To Even Your Busiest Days This is a lovely book for Advent It is filled with comfort and joy Pope Francis made this a book filled with reflection and what better time than at the Advent.I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. While busyness is endemic in modern life, the number of items on the to do list seems to grow evenin the weeks leading up to Christmas Those wanting to take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on somethingpeaceful may wish to consider The Joy of Advent Daily Reflections from Pope Francis This guide offers daily reflections from The People s Pope that resonate with even this non Catholic The message running through the entire guide is one of joy, and that to encourage joy While busyness is endemic in modern life, the number of items on the to do list seems to grow evenin the weeks leading up to Christmas Those wanting to take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on somethingpeaceful may wish to consider The Joy of Advent Daily Reflections from Pope Francis This guide offers daily reflections from The People s Pope that resonate with even this non Catholic The message running through the entire guide is one of joy, and that to encourage joy one should pray, give thanks, and help others Each day lists Bible readings note that the readings themselves are not actually included in the guide as well as a reflection and prayer from Pope Francis.Of particular interest to me, this guide also includes reflections on depression, since this is a particularly sad and lonely time for many people.4 stars.Thank you to NetGalley and Franciscan Media for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review Recommended for AdventIf you have not read this before, you really should get it before next Christmas, especially if you re Catholic, but even if you re not The day by day entries are thoughtful, encouraging and helpful. 3.5 stars The Joy of Advent is a devotional based on writings, sermons, and prayers of Pope Francis Straightforward and filled with Francis s message of joy and of God s love, it s easy to follow though sometimes challenging to put into practice, making it a good choice for an Advent devotional with a few caveats.Each day begins with list of scripture readings for the day, followed by A Word from Pope Francis essentially a sermon or homily drawn from Francis s writings or addresses Howe 3.5 stars The Joy of Advent is a devotional based on writings, sermons, and prayers of Pope Francis Straightforward and filled with Francis s message of joy and of God s love, it s easy to follow though sometimes challenging to put into practice, making it a good choice for an Advent devotional with a few caveats.Each day begins with list of scripture readings for the day, followed by A Word from Pope Francis essentially a sermon or homily drawn from Francis s writings or addresses However, because the selections weren t all originally intended for or delivered during Advent, they may reflect the theme of the readings but don t always address or comment on the readings directly In Taking the Word to Heart , the author compiler, Diane M Houdek, looks at the readings and ties them to Francis s words Bringing the Word to Life suggests ways to apply whatever was discussed or learned in the first two sections to your own life The day then closes with a prayer from Pope Francis not written for this book that relates to the day s devotion, though not always perfectly.It s hard to review this sort of book without experiencing it as it is meant to be used, so although I received a review e copy back in October, I decided to read it during Advent, daily Well, to be completely honest, I ve missed a few days here and there and had to make them up but I tried to make time each day As with any devotional or daily prayer book, I found that some days reflections really resonated with me, while others were harder to connect to and those may be the ones I need the most Pope Francis s message of God s love for us and ours for God comes across very clearly, but I wish the reflections focusedspecifically on the scripture readings The drawback of the book s taken from Francis s words approach is that the connection between readings and reflection is not as close as it would be if Francis had set out to write a devotional himself I would also appreciate having the text of the readings included within the book, instead of merely listed, so I could easily refer back to them.Despite these reservations, many readers may find The Joy of Advent helpful in stepping out of the bustle of holiday preparations and focusing on the the joy of the seasonReview originally published on The Bookwyrm s Hoard FTC disclosure A review copy was provided by the publisher author publicist.

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis
  • Diane M. Houdek
  • English
  • 02 November 2019
  • 1616369450