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The Uncluttered Heart

The Uncluttered Heart

Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas  

by Beth A. Richardson
Advent Devotional

It's a time when we prepare our lives—hearts, minds, and spirits—for the coming of the Christ child. We sweep out the corners of our hearts, cleaning up the clutter, to make space for God's hope, peace, joy, love, and presence.

The Uncluttered Heart offers four weeks of guided reflection through the weeks of Advent on through Epiphany. Each day provides a

  • quotation
  • scripture passage
  • reflection
  • prayer

This book includes a study guide for groups.

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


Opening the pages of this book is like entering a holy place. You meet wise teachers through their quotes, comforting and challenging biblical texts, simple words for your pocket, prayers for the heart, and Beth who weaves it all together with her own story so we can approach the manger with an uncluttered heart – and kneel.

Larry J. Peacock
Executive Director of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover MA ( and author of Openings, A Daybook of Saints, Psalms and Prayer

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