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Child of the Light

Child of the Light

Walking through Advent and Christmas  

by Beth A. Richardson

If the Christmas season has become more of a chaotic consumer ritual rather than a nurturing spiritual time, you need this brilliant "Advent survival guide"!

If you set aside just 10 minutes per day, Child of the Light will help you find your quiet center amid the stressful flurry of the November/December busyness. As you read the book's brief readings inspired by the season's carols and hymns, your spirit will be lifted, and your thoughts will be redirected to the purpose of the season: preparing for the coming of Christ.

"Take time for God: that's exactly the challenge God gives us during this season of preparation," writes Richardson. "Personally and culturally, this time of year already seems to race out of control toward a Christmas finish line. In Advent, we are invited to take time out…[In] doing so, we nurture our spiritual self, that sometimes fragile part of us who longs for a connection with God."

The reflections extend past Christmas to Epiphany, January 6, encouraging you to live into the joy of Christmas beyond traditional seasonal celebrations.

A 5-week study guide is included at the back of the book, offering a simple structure for meetings: centering, reflecting, reading scripture, going deeper, and closing. The use of hymns and carols will engage even the most nonmusical among us to fully appreciate the lyrical richness of the season.

Do you long for a more sacred and measured observance this year? Be joyfully carried through the pre- and post-Christmas pandemonium as a child of the light!

Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and Upper Room worship life at The Upper Room and is also dean of The Upper Room Chapel. An Oklahoma native, she is an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church and is a member of the Mountain Sky Conference. Beth holds a master of divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Oklahoma City University. Follow her writings at and


Child of the Light

What Readers Are Saying

"This invitational resource helps ordinary people find deeper meanings within everyday lives. Beth Richardson's reflections will speak to persons' puzzlements and ponderings, seasoned with the hope that is not only promised but that comes to us — wherever we are — as God's gift and grace."

— Peggy Way
Allen and Cornelia Wehrli Professor of Pastoral Theology
Eden Theological Seminary

"We people who wait in darkness yearn for light. In a time of great hostility. Advent is a rumor that reconciliation is possible. In a world filled with great violence, Advent is a pilgrimage toward God's promise of peace. Child of the Light is a guidebook for that journey. I cannot imagine a better companion with whom to walk than Beth Richardson. Beth walks — and writes — as a child of the light, and we fellow pilgrims are fortunate to be invited along."

— Michael E. Williams
United Methodist pastor and General Editor,
The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible series

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