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G. Pennoyer & G. Wolfe: Advent and Christmas

Book Review

Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe (ed.), God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, 2009.
Image Update Issue #183 | December 2, 2009
As Advent begins, and with it the Christmas rush, take a moment to step back and reflect with a copy of God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas. The brainchild of Image board member Greg Pennoyer, God with Us is a rich tapestry of a book, containing meditations for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany by some of the leading spiritual writers of our time, including Eugene Peterson, Kathleen Norris, Luci Shaw, Scott Cairns, Richard John Neuhaus, and Emilie Griffin. Co-edited by Pennoyer and Image editor Gregory Wolfe, God With Us also contains daily scripture readings, original prayers, and brief histories of the major feast days (written by Beth Bevis, former editor of ImageUpdate)—and is sumptuously illustrated in full color with masterworks of classic and contemporary art. There's even a red ribbon to mark your place among the daily meditations. The authors take us on a journey of exploration into how the Christmas season unfolds the meaning of Incarnation—the divine in the midst of the ordinary stuff of life—and along the way they help us to better understand who we are as human beings. This book will help renew your appreciation for this hyper-commercialized holiday—and would make a wonderful gift for those you love. The collection invites the reader to slow down and reconnect with the often-overlooked meaning of Christmas.