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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853119083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853119088
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in biblical studies and is Theologian in Residence for the Bible Society in the UK.
She was born in Manchester, UK, where she grew up. She went to the University of Oxford where she did both her undergraduate degree and doctoral research (first at Worcester College then at the Queen's College). After that she taught for twelve years in two different colleges which train people for ministry (Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, and the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham). Her research areas are 2 Corinthians and Paul's religious experiences.
In the end she left teaching in colleges because she realised that trying to juggle looking after children, teaching and desperately trying to write something was impossible. So she worked freelance for seven years before beginning work with Bible society. This involves teaching and lecturing to a wide range of different people and, at last, writing the many books that have been waiting to be written for a very long time. She continues to juggle but now only has herself to blame when it all goes wrong.
Paula's passion is to communicate to best of biblical scholarship to an audience that would otherwise not read it. She seeks to bring the Bible alive again for Christians for whom it has become over-familiar, stale or just plain confusing.
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"Bishops, clergy and lay ministers must read it, if not all at once, then as a regular form of 'spiritual reading' or in preparation for pastoral opportunities. Religious and lay people alike will find much to prompt and deepen reflection in this testimony to Archbishop Michael Ramsey. And it may even be - and this should cause us no surprise - that those who read it become a little more holy, a little more like him." Charles Miller, Fairacres Chronicle, Winter 2005, Vol.38, N°2.  

'A good antidote to our busy lives and the often hectic run up to Christmas.' (2008-11-00)

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DR PAULA GOODER is an honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Canon Theologian at Birmingham Cathedral, a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Dec. 2011
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We selected "The Meaning is in the Waiting" for this year's (2011) book for Advent at our Church. A number of people read the book (we provided a guide leaflet) throughout the Season. On each of the Sunday's morning services in Advent we particularly looked at: Abraham & Sarah, the OT prophet, John the Baptist, Mary the Mother of Jesus (linked with the 4 candles of Advent). A small group got together each week to discuss the book and the issues it raises.
We can recommend the book. It is well written, thought provoking and very suitable for a short study period (ie the 4 weeks of Advent).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Vahey on 15 Dec. 2009
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An excellent, short book for perusal and discussion in church Advent Study Groups in the 4 weeks of Advent up until Christmas. The Advent period of contemplation before Christmas is likened to the 4 weeks of Lent contemplation prior to Easter. Both are preparatory periods for Christians. Advent prepares us for the end of things as we know them, as well as for the coming of Our Lord at Christmas. The other word, preferred in the Scottish Liturgy is The Anticipation.
The book stimulates meditation, thoughts and ideas as well as discussion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Nov. 2010
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i bought this book as i thought it may be helpful to me and i was right, im 'awaiting' a remission from ill health and this wonderful little book has really helped me to wait with much more grace!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Lumsden on 26 Dec. 2012
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My experience of Paula Gooder is that she has a keen academic mind, a huge store of wisdom and learning but always remembers the audience she is writing for. So the text remains accessible and practical for lay people.

The book has 4 sections - one for each of the principle characters commemorated by the Advent Wreath: The Patriarchs (particularly Abraham/Sarah); The prophets; John the Baptist; Mary - the mother of Jesus.

Each section has 6 short readings from the bible - and an introduction and closing reflection. So it can be used for the 24 days of December finishing on Christmas Eve - or for the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas (with a "day off" a week).

I have just finished working through the book with a reading each day up to Christmas Eve. It has really helped me to find the time each day to open the book and ponder and reflect. Although I have been a Christian for many years there were many things which I realised I'd not considered. It has really helped me to prepare for Christmas.

The points that particularly struck me included:
* The fact that Abraham and Sarah waited 26 years for their son to be born.......
* The aborted sacrifice of Isaac - how we can try and make some sense of it
* How the prophets call us to open our eyes to what is happening
* How the individuals are not very different from us - their experience is our experience and we can be part of the same story that they have been caught up in.
I realise that I have only scratched the surface - I look forward to rereading in December 2013
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Irwin on 21 Dec. 2012
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Paula Gooder uses the traditional biblical characters associated with the Christmas wreath to put forward some very inspiring ideas on the meaning of waiting – which she says we are loath to do in this day and age! The text is easily readable but full of points to ponder. I have found it so helpful and love the adaptability of the sections – some I have spent ten minutes on – others researched and pondered on for hours!! I would definitely recommended this book to anyone interested in looking deeper into the stories of the Abraham, the prophets, John the Baptist and Mary and their importance at Christmas time. Also for those seeking a closer encounter with God within their own hearts and lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Watson on 13 Jan. 2011
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Paula Gooder has a wealth of Christian knowledge, and is able to communicate it so clearly and easily.
She explores the meaning of waiting in anticipation from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Well recommended for Advent reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larklight on 30 Dec. 2011
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I read this book this advent (December 2011)and enjoyed it. There is a (longish) introduction about waiting and then the book is split into four sections: Abraham and Sarah; the prophets (various); John the Baptist; and Mary. Each section has six readings. A couple of Bible verses start these (and the reference is given for a longer passage is given should you want it) and then it reflects on the passages and waiting. I read it most days of advent and found it easy to do so. I thought it was particularlygood at trying to look at what it would have been like for the people concerned who didn't know how the story was going to turn out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K BEVIS on 24 Dec. 2012
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The intro is really good, helpful & almost a book in it's own right. The four " chapters " give plenty of material for thought
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