Advent is a good time to get your daily devotional book(s) and calender for 2006. This helps us prepare for the year ahead and how we will spend our time more aware of God’s presence and work in the world and in our lives.
Here are three that I’ll draw from in 2006.
Revovare Spiritual Formation Bible
Richard J. Foster, Dallas Willard, Walter Brueggemann, Eugene H. Peterson are four of the heavyweights on this 2000+ page Bible. It’s NRSV version that turns our approach to scripture toward spiritual formation. “When I first began writing about spiritual formation many years ago, the soul hunger in people was so very obvious and the resources were so very meager. Through the years there has remained a huge gap . . . the gap I refer to is the lack of a resource for approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation. We hope that gap has finally been filled.”–Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
This is one that Jill will use most with our children, to teach them geography and culture while praying for poor nations (and all nations) of the world and how they might be shaped by the God who truly rules every nation.
This is my home page because I want to be greeted on the web with a prayerful world view, not a news view. I’ll get enough of that throughout the day both local and global. MSN’s world view has been weighed in the balance and found wanting. I appreciate news feeds later in the day, but we ought to seriously consider how we set our home pages, because this is our portal into life “out there,” who God is, about humanity, and for many gives the first glance outward, shaping how we imagine the world. I used the Sacred Space 2005 book some this year but will likely only use the web site in 2006.