Kirk, Patty. The Gospel of Christmas: Reflections for Advent. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012. 169 pp. $15.00. Purchase at Amazon and for Kindle for less.
Patty Kirk serves as a writer-in-residence and as associate professor of English at John Brown University. She has written a few other books all of which have her raw and real perspective. They can be found here.
Patty has written a number of essays she keeps in a file marked “Advent.” Thirteen of these essays have found their way into this book. They come from many different aspects of the Advent season but all of them point to Christ.
From the back of the book:
A child yearns as at no other time in the days leading up to Christmas. That yearning doesn’t entirely go away as we grow older. It still lingers in the backs of our minds. We imagine that Christmas is mainly for children and our adult lives don’t stop in the way that children’s lives stop on Christmas morning, so we don’t give ourselves time to notice the yearning. But it’s there–hope mingled with anxiety about what lies ahead. In The Gospel of Christmas, Patty Kirk helps us get in touch with our muted hopes and fears and reminds us that they are met and given their resolution in the coming of Christ, which Christmas celebrates and Advent anticipates, and all our lives prepare us for.
The beauty of this book of reflections is that it is Patty’s personal thoughts. She does not claim to be a theologian only a Christian who enjoys writing and wants to write about the many and various things that prompts her to meditate on Christ and her (relatively) new faith in Him. She doesn’t write for a specific audience. Rather, she writes as one who is pouring her heart before the Lord. This gives her an authenticity that many writers wish they had.
Are you going to agree with everything she says? Probably not. I didn’t. That is not the point of this book, however. Patty simply writes down her thoughts and has decided to share them with you, the reader. Regardless, The Gospel of Christmas will help you to meditate on the importance of the season.
If you are looking for a conversation starter for the Advent season, Patty Kirk has written it. If you are looking for something to help you meditate, this resource is for you.