“What would it mean to conceive of Christmas as the beginning, rather than end, of a celebratory season—a season meant to open you to a new awareness of God at work in your life?” —from the Introduction
For many Christians, Advent and Christmas have simply become just another time of year, albeit more frenetic. It is for them that Mark Villano has written Time to Get Ready. He opens up the Scriptures, themes, and liturgical traditions of these holy seasons to better appreciate their meaning. He reveals the lifechanging mystery of Christ, the invitations of grace all around. Consider this book a daily retreat, a time to let go of the activity and noise of life and simply listen. It will become a cherished companion for many as they prepare spiritually for Christmas and beyond.
“Readers will not be disappointed with Time to Get Ready:An Advent, Christmas Reader to Wake Your Soul. Mark Villano has used remarkable stories from his own life experiences and colorful anecdotes from his ministry, intertwining them with Scripture and meaningful reflections. Using a verypersonal style of writing, Villano’s book will appeal to a wide audience: young people, and the more mature, those who are new in their faith, and those who have journeyed longer. Use it as a retreat, and be prepared to ‘wake your soul’.”
—Ron Rolheiser, OMI Author of The Holy Longing: The Search for a ChristianSpirituality
“Reading Mark Villano’s Advent and Christmas reflections makes me feel I am being nourished by a good friend, whose keen and inspiring insights help keep this special season sacred—a much appreciated support in a culture that has made “the holiday season” a bland time of excessive commercialism and social obligations. Biblically grounded and richly illustrated, Villano’s writing flows with clarity and ease, offering an appealing way of making Advent a fruitful time of spiritual and personal growth. I recommend it highly!”
—Wilkie Au, Ph.D. Author of The Enduring Heart: Spirituality for the Long Haul
“Mark A.Villano’s book breathes silence and grace as he draws from Scripture, literature, film and life to create this gentle tome for Advent. With brief reflections he encourages us to savor the ancient patterns and seasons of prayer that Advent and Christmas offer to us.”
—Rose Pacatte, FSP Author of Lights, Camera-Faith! A MovieLover’s Guide to Scripture