Book Notes: The Living Gospel, Daily Devotions for Advent 2017



As a contributor, we occasionally get the privilege of reviewing books for families on their journey. There was a call out for this little devotional, The Living Gospel, and I just couldn’t resist! This little book is written by Deacon Charles Paolino. He is the managing editor at RENEW International. The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Advent 2017 is published by Ave Maria Press.

This is a small 6-1/2 x 4″ devotional that fits in your pocket or purse for an on-the-go reference during Advent. It covers the 25 days to Christmas with 2 pages each. Also, it contains a wonderful gift of the Responsorial Psalms for the four Masses at Christmas at the end.

Each day, Deacon Paolino, begins the devotional with, “Be silent, be still, pray, “Come Lord Jesus.” Then a prayer from a psalm or Isaiah, etc and then a scripture reading from the day’s Mass. The deacon invites the reader to pause each day for 10 minutes, perhaps and “meditate on the meaning of this season and the coming feast and the application of both to your daily life.” He reflects on the reading and gives the reader an opportunity to act in some way to give witness or share the joy of the season with others. At the end of each day, he shares a prayer for the day.

Each year we make all kinds of plans for the upcoming seasons, especially during Advent and Christmas. This year, add this little jewel to your daily activities. This is a great family resource to share at bedtime, in the evenings, or even to start each day of Advent.

Many thanks to Ave Maria Press for the opportunity to review this lovely Advent devotion and supplying me with a copy. I highly recommend this devotional for all the family members as a great sharing of quality time during this holy season.

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Copyright 2017 Ebeth


About Author

Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.

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