Cover illustration by my ridiculously talented son-in-law William Johnson
In October of 2017 I released Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas , my take on weaving the liturgy of the Church Year with contemporary Christmas practices.
Many readers found the message about slowing down and simplifying the Christmas season–from Advent to Epiphany–a welcome word for the busy season of celebration surrounding the holidays.
What better way to show to the world the t r u e meaning of Christmas than talking about God’s presence, not all the presents.
A second edition of LTSW will be in the works for 2018 and I promise you’ll hear more about it when the time comes. There will also be an interactive website for Living the Season Well, with Resources and enrichment.
PRAISE FOR LIVING THE SEASON WELL-RECLAIMING CHRISTMAS
“Living the Season Well invites readers to slow down and make Christmas about presence instead of presents. Beginning with Advent and extending to Epiphany (and beyond), Jody explains the basic framework of the church calendar, provides historical context for many of our cultural traditions, and offers accessible suggestions to help family members of all ages shift their focus from consumerism to Christ. If you’re ready for a frenzy-free holiday season infused with purpose and peace, this little book will show you how to start small and start now.”
—Jeanne Damoff, Speaker, Workshop Leader, author of Parting the Waters, Finding Beauty in Brokenness
“I read this book during an especially busy season, when the last thing on my mind was Christmas. But when I finished the last page, I was shocked to discover that I could hardly wait for the season to arrive. Jody Collins is like a real-life, wide-eyed Christmas elf, helping you see the season the way God intended. Living the Season Well is full of inspiration, practical help, wisdom, and humor. It made me long for more of Jesus. This book is a delightful invitation to slow down and savor the season – and the Savior.”
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol