Editor’s note: I love Advent, and I love storytelling. So it’s pretty natural that I’d love the idea behind the fabulous Adventhology project, which combines the two. Add into the mix that the four authors involved are all brilliant, and you have a recipe for success! I’ve already read the contribution by our very own Dorian Speed, “The Bells of Bethlehem”, and can’t wait to order the other three! Why not make this part of your Advent preparations this year? Enjoy! LMH

Adventhology, the brainchild of Ryan Charles Trusell, features the writing of four Catholic bloggers in hand-crafted booklet form. Trusell started his own writing and printmaking business, in his words, “to parlay my favorite avocations (writing + design + printmaking) into a proper occupation, and hopefully create a venue wherefrom I might add one more unique voice to the growing song of the New Evangelization.” Adventhology follows on the heels of Trusell’s Ora et Labora et Zombies – an epistolary novel, told through hand-written letters.

This new micropublishing adventure brings together four short pieces by four well-known Catholic bloggers, united by the common theme of the season of Advent and its culmination at Christmas. Each piece is published separately, as its own small booklet, of fine paper with a hand-printed softcover. Contributors Simcha Fisher, Dan Lord, Dorian Speed, and Brandon Vogt offer distinct perspectives on Advent and the Christmas season. Fisher’s “The Christ Child in Ordinary Time” offers a reflection on the beauty of the liturgical year, particularly for families who struggle to keep the Advent season simple and meaningful amid all of the Christmas frenzy. Dan Lord’s short story “The Offended” taps into our fear of the grotesque and turns the idea of ugliness on its head. Speed’s “The Bells of Bethlehem” focuses on memory and nostalgia, particularly the modern habit of capturing everything on camera lest it be forgotten. And Vogt’s“The Strange King” looks at the Christmas story as a subversive critique of what our culture tends to value.

Adventhology is a unique gift, available as a set of four or as individual pieces. Read more about this project at Labora Editions.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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