My New Book

Living the Season Well-Engaging Your Family in All of Christmas Releases October 2017

Living the Season Well is a down-to-earth volume that encompasses the arc of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, introducing a new frame of mind about approaching the holidays.  Instead of December ramping up to the pinnacle of Christmas, with a vast let down for everyone the day after, LTSW puts forth some practical ways to reimagine the celebrations and reclaim their generosity with an outward, other focus.

For those whose church background has not afforded them a knowledge of the Church Calendar, its feasts and practices, LTSW also serves as an introduction to the “holy days.” Rather than throwing out traditions that are hallmarks of more “high church” celebrations, LTSW puts forth simple ways to adopt or adapt the traditions of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

LTSW is NOT a collection of crafts and recipes to do with your family. It is also NOT a daily devotional for the season with inspirational readings or poems.

Living the Season Well puts forth reasonable, up-to-date steps for this electronic, screen-filled age we live in, a fact that impacts children as young as two. Included are examples and ideas to slowly change, adopt or adapt family practices with the goal of:

  • Bringing readers and their extended families closer to the heart of God
  • Infusing celebrations with the joy readers crave

From the Table of Contents–to whet your appetite:

Introduction—Getting to the Heart of Christmas
1 A Subtle Shift—MAKING PEACE WITH LITURGY
Dust off the church calendar and take small steps towards change

2 Advent–WHY WAITING MATTERS
The Slow approach of Advent makes room for something new (and some radical thoughts on fasting)

3 Getting Ready—OUR HEARTS, HEADS AND HOMES
Gift expectations, those decorations and finance-ations (okay, budgets)

4 Christmas—JESUS IS HERE, LET’S CELEBRATE
Christmas isn’t the peak of the year, but a point along the way—
how to widen our worship beyond one day

5 The Twelve Days—IT’S MORE THAN A SONG
Be like Big Bird–Keep Christmas with you all through the year

6 Epiphany—NOW THAT WE’VE SEEN JESUS, WHAT DO WE DO?
Marking with chalk, playing dress-up, telling the world.

7 In Conclusion—WRAPPING IT UP
What Fits your family? Choose 6 Activities–Start Small. Start Now

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P.S. If you’d like to join me on our Book Launch team September 1st, click here.