Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Advent Around the Corner


T - 10 days. 
But no stress.  Just a heads up so you don't end up feeling again on that Saturday (or even Sunday) like you're 'failing' before you've even begun.  (Which, you're not, by the way.  But there is a calm and peace that comes with feeling like you're prepared to prepare and not scrambling to do what you said you wanted to do.)

Get those candles, unpack those Jesse Tree ornaments, maybe get a little Christmas shopping out of the way this week*, and pray about how YOU as well as your family will be living in the wait this year.

There is lots written about Advent on the internet nowadays which is wonderful.  I love that the liturgical year (time redeemed!) has become such a living thing in so many of our homes.  God loves it, too, I think.  But there's not much at the moment to add to all that is out there or to what I've already written.  (But you know me, stick around and I probably won't be able to keep my mouth shut about it anyway. ;)  

Here's a roundup of some of my Advent writing that may be helpful.  And stay tuned below for a giveaway of one of my favorite Advent books!!







If you're really looking to dive into some Advent writing you can click on the links below for each day of my One Day Less daily Advent reflection series.  
Day 1       Day 2       Day 3      Day 4      Day 5      Day 6     Day 7
Day 8      Day 9      Day 10      Day 11      Day 12      Day 13      Day 14
Day 15     Day 16     Day 17      Day 18      Day 19     Day 20     Day 21
Day 22     Day 23     Day 24

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***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***
And now the giveaway!
This one will be a quickie since I want to get it into the mail for the winner in time for Advent.  Leave a comment below and you'll get a chance to win one of my favorite Advent books.  



It is wonderful.  (It looks like it's only available in the Kindle version at the moment.  Our local Catholic bookstore carried it a few years ago, though.)  It was the book that inspired the One Day Less series.  It is profound without being heady containing short daily readings but not too short to be quickly forgotten.  It went deeper than most other Advent devotionals which I appreciated most.  I just love her and wish she were still alive because I'm pretty sure I'd somehow figure out my way around that cloistered thing and ask her to be my long distance spiritual director.

Anyway, leave a comment and be entered!  Share the giveaway on Facebook or Pinterest and you can come back and leave another comment to get another entry.  (U.S. readers only, sorry!)  Giveaway will be closed Sunday evening.  

Blessed Advent, friends!

*If you're doing any Amazon shopping I'd be so grateful if you used my link in the sidebar!  
Thank you so much!

Winner:  Ann-Marie!

{amazon affiliate links included}



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31 comments:

  1. Oh, this would be lovely to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. Love! Of all the books I have, I honestly don't have any Advent daily readings! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  3. Thank you for this giveaway. I would love this for Advent.

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  4. Oh my goodness, that devotional looks perfect. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. This book looks delightful! Thank you for the kind Advent giveaway!

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  6. Oh I've been wanting that book for a while now. I've heard such good things about it!

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  7. Would love to win that book, thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. I've been thinking I should get a book for advent like this. It looks wonderful!

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  9. I've never celebrated advent before, but have really been wanting to do so this year. I think a devotional like this would really help!

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  10. I would love to win this book, but I will read through your One Day Less series either way. :-)

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  11. I would love to win this devotional... I think I need help to quiet the mind as my 6 earthly cherubs are already in full - crazed - holiday mode! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway... hope you and your wonderful family have a truly blessed Advent!!

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  12. Oh would love to read this book!

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  13. Whelp, if I win this, I'll take it that that's what my Advent meditations are supposed to be!

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  14. 10 days until Advent, I feel so unprepared!

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  15. Looks like a lovely Advent read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway and the reminder that Advent is right around the corner.

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  17. I would love this! Thank you for the giveaway and for your inspiring posts, they give me ideas for how to celebrate Advent and prepare my little family for Christmas! :)

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  18. Looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for your lovely blog, and taking the time to share your beautiful family and inspiring thoughts! God bless you this Advent....

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  19. Thanks for the round up of links. I find it so helpful in making my Advent intentional.

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  20. I loved the Advent when you shared your reflections while reading this book. I have wanted this book so much! It seems like it is just a wonderful book to read during the quiet time of Advent.

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  21. Would love to win this Advent devotional. I'm still trying to decide on a book and this sounds perfect. Thanks!

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  22. Ooh sounds so good! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  23. This looks like a great book! I'm looking forward to reading your other Advent posts.

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  24. Love this...prepare to be prepared to prepare! Love this time of year...

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  25. Thanks for the recommendation! I purchased the book last weekend at our local Catholic bookstore. I am looking forward to journeying though Advent with her reflections. God Bless!

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