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It has come to my attention that Advent is coming.

Which means that Christmas is coming, but we won’t talk about that, okay?

I love Advent, when I let myself actually observe it. I’m going to give away three new(ish) Advent resources that I have enjoyed and can heartily recommend. And, because I can, I’m going to toss in a copy of my own Advent book, too. 🙂

This week’s giveaway:

O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath

By Lisa M. Hendey (2012, Ave Maria Press)

From the back cover:

This daily prayer book is designed for use around an Advent wreath. Written by Lisa M. Hendey, creator of CatholicMom.com and award-winning author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, it contains twenty-eight devotional services, each designed to last just five minutes–an achievable goal for busy individuals, couples, and families. Rooted in scriptural images of light, the booklet can be used perennially.

Rediscover Advent

By Matthew Kelly (2001, St. Anthony Messenger Press)

From the back cover:

From the author of the best-selling book Rediscover Catholicism comes an inspiring new way to rediscover Advent. In this new book you will find:

  • brief citations from the daily lectionary readings
  • reflections on the beauty and importance of the Catholic faith and practice
  • thought-provoking questions for mediation and brief prayers.

These timely and inspiring words will help renew your enthusiasm for being Catholic, while encouraging you to delve more deeply into the spirituality of the Advent season–a perfect companion for individual reading or for group study.

A Mary Christmas

By Kathleen M. Carroll (2012, Franciscan Media)

From the back cover:

Advent asks us to wait in joyful hope. In responding to this call, we can have no better teacher than Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. Her Seven Joys transform the Christmas season by reminding us to savor glad tidings, close relationships, and new beginnings. Discover these profound mysteries anew and let them add a new, sacred dimension to your holidays. Make this Christmas a Mary Christmas.

Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families

By Sarah A. Reinhard (2011, Liguori Publications)

You can read all about it here on my site, or, in the interest of fairness, there’s this, from the back cover:

Welcome Baby Jesus offers daily activities that encourage families to think, pray, and act based on words from Scripture. These exercises are designed to engage your household during the Advent season by tying Scripture and reflection to your daily life. With each passing Sunday and each candle lighting, your Advent wreath will grow brighter, your family’s faith will grow stronger, and the true meaning of this season will be discovered.

Accepting entries until 7 AM Eastern one week from today.

The fine print: One entry per person, please. You must have a valid email address, which I promise not to use for anything other than this giveaway. You enter the email as part of the comment form–you do not have to include it in the body of your comment. Good luck!

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  • kellie schlosberg

    I have been looking at buying the Matthew Kelly book , so winning would be amazing… Thankful for giving me the chance!!!

  • would love to win- I already have your book, though! But the others look great. Always looking for new Advent resources.

  • Erin

    I could really use some good Advent inspiration! All these books look great, but I would really love to win your book!

  • Barb, Lebanon, Ohio

    I could really use some good spirit lifting materials! Here’s to a fruitful Advent!

  • Sarah

    These look wonderful! So excited for the HOPEFUL season of Advent!

  • I’m not ready for Advent…sooooooooo not ready! Inspiration would be wonderful.

  • I need the hopefulness of Advent. Inspiration is welcome!

  • Wende

    I already have your excellent Advent book too. But I would love to check out the others! Thanks.

  • Kim

    This would be great to add to our advent…….

  • Melanie

    Looks like this would help me start Advent off on the right foot.

  • LizEst

    I would love to have any one or all! Would make a great gift or stocking stuffer…or inspirational read. Thanks for the opportunity, Sarah. God bless you.

  • Rose

    I would love the chance to win, thank you!

  • Melissa M.

    Dear Sarah, I would love any of these wonderful books. Advent has become more special to me over the years as I try to slow down a bit everyday and prepare for Christmas. Thanks for your wonderful blog; I have found many great books and insights as a result. Melissa M.

  • Katrina Springer

    This would be amazing! I am really trying to use advent this year instead of letting it slip by, so any of these books would be beneficial.

  • Sarah

    What a great selection of advent books. All would be a great help in having a blessed advent season!

  • Kelly

    What an awesome collection! Yes, Advent will be here very soon =)

  • John

    I would love to win one of these books for my family!

  • Angie W

    The 5 minute reflection looks great. We have never had decent prayers or reflections for the Advent Wreath!!

  • Beth

    Those books look great. If we don’t win them, I will buy a copy for the family. God bless. xx

  • Suzanne

    What a wonderful set up books. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • Dee F

    All great sounding books; didn’t know about the Matthew Kelly one. So enter me please, please, please!!!

  • ce58

    Sounds like a good bunch of books. I’ve recently been working on building up my library as I prepare to be a youth minister!

  • Miriam

    I want us to have a more intentional Advent this year. All of these resources look great! Thank you for the chance to enter!

  • Veronica

    Sarah, Advent has been on my mind too! I really want to step up our spiritual preparation this year and having made any new concrete plans. I am still in the “think time” process! Thank you for offering us all a chance to win and enjoy!

  • Victoria@MommyMarginalia

    These sound amazing! If I don’t win, I may have to treat myself to the Mary Christmas book!

  • myboysmommy

    What a great giveaway!! We could use some help making this advent the best yet!

  • I love Advent too! I wish we gave up more in Advent, like Lent.

  • Would love the chance to win these great resources. Advent is so beautiful.

  • Rita

    Love spiritual books of faith and looking forward to Advent. Christmas is my favorite season!

  • What a nice collection of books. Please enter me in this great giveaway. 🙂

  • Roger Sharp

    I want the advent book pleae

  • Kim

    This would be amazing. As a recent convert (2011) from the Baptist Church, I’m still learning how to celebrate Advent as its own season. I’m always looking for guidance and inspiration.

  • I would love to win!

  • Enter me please! Good picks this week.

  • Amanda L

    Would LOVE to celebrate Advent with this book =) pax! amanda

  • Stephanie

    These would be so great for teaching my sons that Advent is more than waiting for Santa!

  • What a great thing!

  • Marie Meints

    All the books look great! Already looking forward to Advent.

  • Annette Hunt

    Oohh, what a lovely collection of books.

  • Colleen

    Love the books! Thanks!

  • Molly Walter

    Oh yes, please!

  • Noelle

    Oh I love this please.

  • Billy Kangas

    I would love this

  • Tiffany Leijten

    Thank you for this opportunity, Sarah! I would love to enter:) God bless!

  • Bonnie Engstrom

    Oh I would love one of these! Yes, please!

  • Kathryn

    I do not know if I can be in a draw if I won before, but if I can I so have my fingers crossed for A Mary Christmas. It has been such a wonderful year meeting and getting to know Mary better. Boy has she been a blessing to me this year. Sometimes the encourager needs encouraging and the mother needs mothering herself!!

  • Janette

    What great resources for Advent! Would love any of these!

  • Enter me please =]

  • pick me pick me 🙂

  • JJ’s Mom

    Pick me please!

  • Jill L

    This would be such a wonderful way to get ready for Advent.

  • i already ordered 3 copies of “O Radient Dawn” but would be glad to win any of the four!

  • ViolinMama@ Rosey Outlook

    I would LOVE to win any of these four blessings. Thank you so much!!!! I am so grateful!!!

  • Elisa A

    Is there still time? I would love to win this lovely collection of books. Thanks, Sarah. elisa129@gmail.com

  • Jackie C

    What an awesome and generous giveaway! Would be a great addition to our homeschool library! =) God bless and Thank you for the opportunity! =) blessings Jackie C

  • benny
  • Jenny Panico

    I’m so excited! I would LOVE to win these!! jmpanico@gmail.com

  • Marcie

    Would love to add those to our collection!

    • Marcie, thanks for your interest, but this contest is closed now.

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