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Companions on the Bethlehem Road
Daily readings and reflections for the Advent journey
by Rachel Boulding
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published:21 September 2012
You may think, as I did "what – not another Advent reading book!" Yes it is – but with a different slant. Based on the lectionary readings for Advent and sub-divided into weekly themes and daily portions, this book is a gem. The author brings her literary expertise to enlighten the passages by using short quotes from a variety of poets, ranging from Tennyson, to Herbert and W H Auden.
The Advent readings themselves are like precious gemstones. So often we try to attack them head on. As a diamond throws out different lights and sparkles when lit up from oblique angles, so this book sheds new light through its oblique approach.
Non-poetry readers – do not be put off. The poetry is well chosen and does not dominate each day's reading. Indeed – it may well encourage you to go to the poem's source and so gain further insight.
Finally there is the added bonus of a reflection at the end of the reading, as a spur to think afresh and maybe to act.
Reviewer: Margaret Walker (15/12/12)