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Advent: The Season of Hope

Tish Harrison Warren

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“Christians believe not just in one coming of Christ, but in three.”

We tend to think of Advent as the season of anticipation before Christmas—and while it is that, it’s also much more. Throughout its history, the church has observed Advent as a preparation not only for the first coming of Christ in his incarnation but also for his second coming at the last day. It’s also about a third coming: the coming of Christ to meet us in our present moment, to make us holy by his Word and Sacrament.

In this short volume, priest and writer Tish Harrison Warren explores all three of these “comings” of Christ and invites us into a deeper experience of the first season of the Christian year.

What People are Saying

“Much like Mozart’s music and Shakespeare’s plays, Advent satisfies at so many different levels—theologically, imaginatively, affectively, ethically, liturgically, and so on. In this beautifully compact book, Tish Harrison Warren invites readers to experience the multilevel richness of Advent and to discover thereby the full richness of the triune God. Tolle lege, friends; take up and read, and let Christ himself fill you to the fullest with a life that was and is and is yet to come.”

W. David O. Taylor

associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Open and Unafraid

“What a rich work that encourages deep discipleship, as Tish Harrison Warren invites us to remember that learning to wait with hope is central to following Jesus Christ. In this world where darkness often seems stronger than light, Warren reminds us that throughout the centuries Advent has been a time to look honestly at the darkness while attending to the light of Christ, our true hope. In this cultural moment marked by impatience, this book encourages us to receive Advent as a training in patience and hope. Christians who have long practiced Advent and those who might be considering it for the first time will find in this volume a beautiful and timely invitation to embrace it as a means of grace.”

Kristen Deede Johnson

G. W. and Edna Haworth Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership at Western Theological Seminary and author of The Justice Calling

“The way of Advent is the way of waiting. In this guide through Advent’s ancient prayers and practices, Tish Harrison Warren teaches us why we wait and how we wait for the One who was and is and is to come. Come, Lord Jesus!”

Joel Scandrett

associate professor of historical theology at Trinity School for Ministry

“Like myself, many Christians in the United States today did not grow up in traditions that practiced the liturgical calendar. For us, Tish Harrison Warren’s book Advent is a godsend because it makes the spirituality and practices of the season relevant and accessible. Finally, a book relating to Christian spiritual formation that is rooted in the great tradition of the church!”

Kurtley Knight

assistant professor of spiritual formation at George Fox University’s Portland Seminary

Tish Harrison Warren

About Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, which was Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year. She is a weekly contributing newsletter writer for the New York Times and writes a monthly column for Christianity Today. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries and as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point, and elsewhere.

Book Details

Casebound, 128 pages
Published: August 29, 2023 by InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 978-1-5140-0018-2

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