T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Philip Yancey, Martin Luther, Søren Kierkegaard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Sylvia Plath, Bernard of Clairvaux…Big names. So why, then, was I surprised when the first day’s reading was 12 pages long?
This book has some wonderful stuff in it, but if you’re expecting something you can read aloud with your family…this isn’t it. There is a huge spectrum of viewpoints contained in Watch For the Light. The biographical titles of the authors range from American Poet to Liberation Theologian to Priest to Martyr to Trappist Monk. The authors come from Britain, Italy, France, Brazil, Holland, Germany the United States, Nicaragua, Switzerland…and more. The viewpoints are as diverse as the origins!
I’d recommend this book to people who are ‘intellectuals’ but not so much for the ‘average Joe.’ It certainly isn’t family reading. I applaud anything that helps us shift our focus from commercialism back onto the Savior. In that respect, I like this book. Overall though, it’s not one I’d recommend or give to most of my friends.
Handlebar and Plough Publishing provided me with a complementary copy of Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas in exchange for my honest review.