Newly available from the best-selling Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding is the series’ first Advent study, Illuminating Advent.

Illuminating Advent reflects on the blessed themes of Advent—hope, love, joy, and peace, often used in connection with Advent wreathes in churches—as well as the birth of Christ and Epiphany light. The study’s rubric of “head,” “heart,” and “hands” invites adult and young adult participants to connect with this sacred season in their own personal lives of faith.

“Theologically, the themes of ‘anticipating’ and ‘celebrating’ are focused on Jesus Christ. In his incarnation and the work of Christ, the main core of Christian doctrine is established,” said Donald K. McKim, the study’s author and editor of Being Reformed. “This study is important for providing understandings of the history of salvation and meanings associated with what is central to Christian faith.”

Published by Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP), Being Reformed is a popular series of biblically based mini-courses that provides a foundational understanding of the Reformed faith. Each six-session study—written by well-known and respected scholars—features Scripture, prayer, in-depth commentary, and questions for reflection. More information about Being Reformed can be found on the PC(USA) website.

Additional books and devotionals for Advent, distributed by CMP, serve as touching reminders to prepare, celebrate, and reflect on the true importance of the upcoming season. Titles include A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season, by Katherine Paterson; God Is in the Manger, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, by Brian Wren; and With Hearts and Hands Uplifted. From Advent’s Alleluia to Easter’s Morning Light and Kneeling in Bethlehem, both penned by well-loved poet Ann Weems, are also recommended for the Advent season.

All the titles mentioned, including Being Reformed: Illuminating Advent, are now available at the church store. Order today!