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Celebrating Abundance ❰BOOKS❯ ✯ Celebrating Abundance Author Walter Brueggemann – To oeprepare for Christmas in our society is to be sucked into a vortex of indulgence from decor to gifts to calorie rich foods Layer upon layer of tinsel lights and wrapping paper create the illusion To oeprepare for Christmas in our society is to be sucked into a vortex of indulgence from decor to gifts to calorie rich foods Layer upon layer of tinsel lights and wrapping paper create the illusion of abundance disguising the feeling of emptiness in our souls The arrival of the Messiah by contrast is true abundance disguised by the impression of scarcity Training our eyes to see through the rough stable the adolescent mother and the anxious escape to Egypt we can see in that poverty and powerlessness the wonder of God's abundant life and grace coming down to dwell among usThis powerful devotional by best selling author Walter Brueggemann includes daily reflections on the Scriptures and stories of Advent in order to invite us to see beyond the world's faux extravagance and realize the true feast laid out before us Twelve prayers are also included for the twelve days of Christmas.

10 thoughts on “Celebrating Abundance

  1. Lisa Lewton Lisa Lewton says:

    A great sampling of Brueggrmann’s look at the world focused on Advent He moves through texts and contrasts the world’s despairing vision and opens readers up to God’s incredible daily abundance I enjoyed this devotional through Advent

  2. Ronald Ronald says:

    My wife and I read this for Advent Brueggemann includes Advent with 28 days of devotions arranged from the First Sunday of Advent to the Fourth Saturday of Advent and then Christmas Eve and Christmas This year 2017 that left you on your own on Sunday 1223 the 5th Sunday of Advent? but it then resumed with devotions for Christmas Eve and Christmas This will change every year since Advent has different lengths Unlike many Advent devotions Brueggemann also includes devotions for the following 12 Days of Christmas so it extends the reading if one is doing it daily Brueggemann's devotional has a theme of preparing for a change He says Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives This change is hopeful and can be wonderful fulfilling God's promises” And It is promised that the cycles can be broken disarmament will happen and life can be different It is promised and it is coming in God’s good time His devotions were an excellent but not totally persuasive antidote for my cynicism He is deep thinking and there were times when one needed to meditate at length on his meaning but it was a very fruitful endeavor Brueggemann prays Soon or late we know your promises will be kept O God We know that a new earth follows in the wake of your new heaven and so we wait with eager longing Keep us attentive to your rule Empower us to overcome unjust contrivances and gamble toward your newness Amen His outlook is somewhat liberal and that may offend some On Christmas Day he prays beautifully I think On this holy Christmas Day we remember the innkeeper in Bethlehem the one who turned the couple away He said “Sorry full up; no room” We do not know perhaps he was full but perhaps he turned away such disheveled weary poverty stricken customers as bad for business If so “no room” was only an excuse We know about such excuses No room for immigrants; No room for gays Before that no room for blacks Before that no room for women But Christ sueezed in anyway made room in the inn in the village of Bethlehem and in the world The Christ Child defied the verdict of “no room” and made room for many We promise dear Christ child that we will make room as did you Even for those who are so unlike us AmenIf that prayer strikes a cord in you consider using the devotional for your upcoming Advent devotional I don't think you will be disappointed

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    Relatively recently I've discovered the value of set devotionals that deepen engagement with the Christian seasons first with Rohr's Advent devotional in 2016 then Brueggemann at Lent and again with Brueggemann at Advent 2017 with a side helping of NT Wright via four Advent pieces that were given away for free on his website this ChristmasThe genius of Brueggemann is always in the way he brings forward ancient texts and makes them active in the current world with an activist counter cultural point of view In this devotional which is actually a collection of segments from disparate lectures and sermons ordered as daily readings he rarely addresses the epoch shifting occurrence of the incarnation as a historical event In other words he doesn't much talk about the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the kingdom in the past tense Advent isn't a remembrance so much as an on going process of anticipation and imagining in which the kingdom takes shape in a present future tense The redeemer has come is now coming will come The kingdom has come is now coming will come And we are invited to inhabit and participate in that spaceThe structure of the book caused a bit of confusion it allows for a four week Advent followed by the 12 days of Christmas which commence on Dec 25 I started three weeks out from Christmas and had to play catch up when I realised I was out of kilter Also because Christmas doesn't always fall on the same day of the week unlike the end of Lent the devotional will nearly always need the reader to do some editing to fit the calendar for each particular yearWith the 12 days of Christmas the daily readings shift to a mediationprayer style which I really enjoyed and there was something about observing the 12 days Dec 25 Jan 5 that gave Christmas extra weight of importance rather than the celebration suddenly ending on Dec 25 some time after left over ham has been eaten for supper and the opening of presents is a thing of the past

  4. Glen Grunau Glen Grunau says:

    I have always loved Brueggemann's unwavering focus on the extravagant abundance of God that dispels our oft preoccupation with scarcity He invites us to dream big dreams as we imagine the newness that Advent promises each yearThe uote below particularly caught my attention And it was the very first reading on the very first day of advent It is easy for me as I begin my second year of retirement to imagine that my most fruitful and productivedays are behind me This view is challenged by hope in the promise of newness that God always offers those who long for his presence and goodness Getting ready time is mainly abrasive asking thinking pondering and redeciding In truth however being baptized with God’s holy spirit does not mean charismatic acting out It means I take it we may be visited by a spirit of openness generosity energy that “the force” may come over us carry us to do obedient things we have not yet done kingdom things we did not think we had in us neighbor things from which we cringe The whole tenor of Advent is that God may act in us through us beyond us than we imagined because newness is on its way among usAdvent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives

  5. Mark Mark says:

    This Advent devotional taps into the current psyche of the world The entries tap into the fears and anxieties many of us are experiencing today What can the season of Advent bring to such fears? The daily devotionals build on one another to plot a journey toward Christmas Each offers words of hope and promises of newness Yet each is a call to action some a call to work within a person's heart and mind and in others a call to engage the world The devotionals portray two kingdoms founded on polar opposite principles For us on this side of Christmas the kingdom anticipated by Advent is already here; it is breaking in and disrupting the old order It is not here in its fullness yet but its power hope joy love peace can be experienced in part today Advent is the breaking through of the gospel that defeats the old order based on powers of fear oppression and marginalization; built upon ineualities hate and violence Each day through Advent the reader is invited to meditate on a small part of this The devotional ends with Christmas Day but contains additional short thoughts and prayers for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas This review based on ARC supplied by the publisher through NetGalley

  6. Eric Eric says:

    This is an absolutely wonderful resource for Advent preparations Walter Brueggemann has come out with yet another terrific book this time to help our Christian journey of expectation and preparation for Christmas A daily scripture reflection and prayer for each day of the 4 weeks of Advent Brueggeman builds upon his well known perspective of viewing life as abundance rather than scarcity and the clear biblical message of God's special care for the poor outcast and broken In many ways this resource challenges the commercial Christmas of our time and helps pull us back to the true meaning of Advent and the significance of God with us EmmanuelHighly recommended for Advent the readings are not tied to the Lectionary so it can fit nicely for any year

  7. Michelle Castaneda Michelle Castaneda says:

    Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann is a devotional of advent that hopes to refocus our thoughts as we get ready for Christmas Our society has changed what Christmas is all about This book tries to provide an alternate view that of the abundant life Christ brought in such an unexpected humble way I love how Brueggemann can write simultaneously with such simplicity and complexity This Christmas devotional is one to be savored and shared with loved ones I highly recommend this book to anyone who hopes to refocus their thoughts on Christ and the abundant gift He gave I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

  8. Pam Pam says:

    I almost passed this up based on the title because the Advent and Christmas seasons seem to celebrate abundance in a fully worldly fashion as in excessive But as a fan of Brueggemann's theologically reflective and culturally current writings I dived into it on the first Advent Sunday The format of scripture reflection and concluding prayer worked into a very satisfactory daily meditation time for Advent However the format changed for the twelve days of Christmas to a sort of guided meditative prayer which I did not find as good for me Nevertheless I will probably use this book again

  9. Carol Carol says:

    Celebrating Abundance Is an advent devotional It gives you what the author thinks about what relates to the Scripture verse for the day Then he prays Now he add things as to what else he thinks the Scripture should say for what happened like Mary said such and so to the innkeeper to me that is wrong to do because for people who are new christians may believe that that's true because they don't know what the Scripture yet like a seasoned Christian would Now that was just my opinions that might not be someone else's I received a copy of this book from thee Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my ownif you would like to read of my Christian book reviews go to Christianlybookreviewersblogspotcom I look forward to seeing you there

  10. M.J. Perry M.J. Perry says:

    I can't recommend it I did try to use it as was suggested in doing morning devotions I know there are some people who really liked it but I thought it was somewhat superficial Although he talked about abundance a great deal I didn't get much of the celebrationI often felt that rather than allowing scripture speak to him he knew what he wanted to say and manipulated scripture to support itI was very disappointed in this book because I usually like Brueggemann One friend who read it said it seemed like he was trying to meet a contractual obligation

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