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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2013
A fascinating collection of poems that can be used as an Advent calendar for grown up people: Janet Morley,s comments are sensitive and thought provoking. We plan to promote this book in our church and meet to discuss the poems we found most helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2014
I'm not a real poetry fan, but this book is stunning. Even down to the extraordinary tactile material which the front cover is made from it is a wonder. The poem on Dec 6th will stay with me for many years. This is a bit of a 'left of centre' choice for Advent, but I can't recommend it highly enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2013
I am only on day 13 of this book but would highly recommend.

The poems are selected with skill and the commentaries have been unfailingly helpful. You don't need to be an expert in poetry, just interested and willing to give the poems some time which is a helpful discipline in itself in Advent. This is no smultzy collection. They are mostly hard hitting and brain-stretching. Highly commend to anyone who wants to think more deeply about the great themes of this time of year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2014
Introduced to a wide variety of poems I did not know, with just the right amount of comment / interpretation. Brilliant choice, would be enjoyed by many, not just those with a Christian faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
This book brings the inherent power of good poetry to good use in showing the wonder and glory of God's intervention in space and time
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2013
A wonderful book for Advent. Full of beautiful poetry. Wonderful insights from Janet Morley, thought provoking and helping me to a deeper understanding of the poems. I would recommend it unreservedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2014
thank you for a rich fare in advent and through to the Epiphany.. clear and inspiring. It made Christmas more meaningful .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2014
A book which I am sure will be greatly appreciated as I come to the reflective time of Advent.
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on 8 January 2015
This will be going on next year’s advent list: a wonderful collection of classic poems, some Christian, some not, to lead you through the season of Advent through to Epiphany, with a literary commentary on the poem, and a short question to encourage you to think about how it affects you. This is literary and academic, but short, and gently spiritual. It is a wonderful collection of poems, and I really appreciated her guided tour – a great way of doing Advent for poetry-lovers. Highly recommended
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on 4 January 2015
A lovely and unusual twist on the Advent Calendar theme ... one poem a day through the season of Advent, with notes and thoughts by Janet Morley on each poem, and the poet as well. Never didactic, she merely explains and guides, leaving you to find your own meanings. Nor do you have to be a Christian to enjoy this book and find it useful ... I'm an atheist, but I both enjoyed it and learned a lot from it, which surprised me. Highly recommended for everyone with an interest in poetry.
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