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Kneeling in Bethlehem

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  11 reviews

In a style that is reverent and faith-filled, Anne Weems reflects on the mystery of the Christmas season. Included in this collection are twenty-six new poems as well as popular selections from her earlier works, especially Reaching for Rainbows and Family Faith Stories. Capturing the spirit of joyful celebration, they can be used in worship services, read aloud at family

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Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Nick Jordan
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3 star poetry + 5 star liturgical resource) / 2 = four star book

As poetry itself, this is an uneven collection with some standouts and many great turns of phrase and thought.

But highly, highly, very highly recommended for liturgical use.
Annabelle
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional
I really enjoyed this! It was perfect for reading in the week before Christmas. I think I'll have to get some of her other books!
Volkert
This little volume of Christmas poems by a Christian writer who obviously writes for worship settings was a bit disappointing. Most of these pieces were syrupy sweet and personally shallow, but just when I was about to give up all hope, a few of the later pieces show some of the gritty edges of faith, as well as a confessional side to the poet. This stuff could more accurately be called "property," since it was prose laid out to look like poetry. I could easily recommend it to Christians for lig ...more
Barbara
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect read for the season of Advent. Focus on the Manger, the Lord and His Gifts. A blessing to read. Suggest get your cup of coffee and read a few poems each morning during this Christmas Season and set your heart on the LORD!!!!
Jo Oehrlein
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Poetry for the Advent season.

Most tie Advent to our get-ready-for-Christmas rush, Emmanuel God-with-us now, and our need to keep the alleluia moments and the help-other moments with us.
Elizabeth
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our pastors, Lori & Becca, have been using some of Ann Weems' poems from this collection in our Advent liturgies (and I wouldn't be surprised to find some in Christmas and Epiphany liturgies, as well). I was drawn to the words and so got the book to read for my Advent season. Many of the poems go deep and to the thin place between the secular and the sacred.
Michelle
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, advent
Poems for advent, Christmas and the new year that help shake us from our familiarity with the Christmas narrative
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Lovely re-read of this challenging Christmas and Advent collection . Now read for Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2015.
Cynthia
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely poetry calling us to live into the Advent season reflectively and actively and meaningfully. I've also found these poems enriching for use in various ways in worship.
Christina
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this collection of poems every Christmas.
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We are affirmed to affirm others.
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this birthing.
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into which
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