Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom

Hardcover | October 18, 1999

byWalter Wangerin Jr.

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In Preparing for Jesus, best-selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the heart of the Christmas season. Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immediate, allowing us to see Christmas from its original happening to its perennial recurrence in our hearts. Preparing for Jesus is sure to be a seasonal classic, treasured year after year.

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In Preparing for Jesus, best-selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the heart of the Christmas season. Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immedia...

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In Preparing for Jesus, best-selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the heart of the Christmas season. Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immedia...

Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin's writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children's story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:195 pages, 7.38 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:October 18, 1999Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310206448

ISBN - 13:9780310206446

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ContentsPrefacePart One:PrepareDecember One -- A Teaching: Four Questions for the Final AdventPart Two:ZechariahDecember Two -- A Consolation: You Are Not Little in the UniverseDecember Three -- O Zechariah: How Did It Feel Meeting Glory Face to Face?December Four -- A Teaching: How God Enlarges Little PrayersDecember Five -- An Exhortation: Trust God, and His Signs Will Delight YouDecember Six -- Ah, Zechariah, You Who Doubted: What a Model of Obedience You've BecomePart Three:MaryDecember Seven -- An Exhortation: Daily to Join the Sisterhood of MaryDecember Eight -- A Call: To Self-Examination, and to Fear!December Nine -- A Teaching: What Sort of King Will the Son of David Be?December Ten -- A Teaching: What Sort of Child Is Born of Holiness and Humanity?December Eleven -- O Mary: How Blessed Is Your "Yes!"Part Four:ElizabethDecember Twelve -- The Story: Two Mothers MeetDecember Thirteen -- Elizabeth's Blessing: Makes Mary a Model for the FaithfulDecember Fourteen -- An Effusion: What Singing at the Advent of Our King!December Fifteen -- Mary's Song: Echoing the Songs of Prophets and AngelsDecember Sixteen -- A Teaching: How Mercy Comes, What Mercy IsPart Five:JohnDecember Seventeen -- A Teaching: What John Becomes for Every AdventDecember Eighteen -- An Exhortation: Serve as Zechariah Defines ServicePart Six:JosephDecember Nineteen -- Learn of Joseph: The Character of RighteousnessDecember Twenty -- Learn of God: Four Gifts of ChristmasDecember Twenty-One -- An Exaltation: The Fourth Gift, Goodness!Part Seven:JesusDecember Twenty-Two -- The Story: Going Up to BethlehemDecember Twenty-Three -- O Mary, Virgin Mother: May I Walk with You a While?Christmas Eve -- The Story: The Holy, Human BirthChristmas Day -- Christmas Day: Our Door to the NativityThe First Day of Christmas -- An Exaltation: Jesus, Here We Come!The Second Day of Christmas -- Learn of the Shepherds: Five Stages of FaithThe Third Day of Christmas -- O My Lord, I Love the Names by Which We Know YouPart Eight:Simeon and AnnaThe Fourth Day of Christmas -- The Story: Ascending to the TempleThe Fifth Day of Christmas -- The Story: The Prophets Prove Him the MessiahThe Sixth Day of Christmas -- Lord, I Am at Peace: This Christmas Too, Mine Eyes Have Seen YouThe Seventh Day of Christmas -- The Story: The Sorrow of Mary, His MotherPart Nine:The Two KingsThe Eighth Day of Christmas --- The First of the Calendar Year -- The Story: Herod the Great and GreatnessThe Ninth Day of Christmas -- An Exhortation to Christians: Do Not Blame the World (The Magi), But Follow!The Tenth Day of Christmas -- O Little King: Receive the Best I Have to Offer YouThe Eleventh Day of Christmas -- A Teaching: As We Return to a Warring WorldThe Twelfth Day of Christmas --- The EpiphanyA Benediction: Christ Is in Us Now