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Book Review: Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2017-2018 by The Irish Jesuits


Genre: Non-Fiction/Religion/Christianity/Christmas/Advent
Pages: 99
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Rating: 4-star-review out of 5

This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley.

downloadDuring this Advent and Christmas, the Irish Jesuits slows down the season in order to reflect on its true meaning. Broken down by days/weeks, the reader is provided passages, some thoughts, and time to reflect.

At the end of the book, there are clear steps of a retreat process that the reader can partake in as well to further their experience.


I saw this book on NetGalley and became intrigued. At times, I don’t feel I think about God, Jesus, and Mary as often as I should, so I decided to give this read a go.

Meant to be read slowly, I actually zipped right through. Works from varying people and articles are referenced throughout in addition to Bible passages and reflections. I found myself learning about not only about Jesus, but other little tidbits. For instance, it was said that the Bishop Nicholas wanted his gift giving to be so anonymous that he dropped a bag of coins for his daughter down the chimney. I like to believe this is where Santa coming down the chimney came from. 🙂 

Though I found both the scriptures included and the reflective questions/thoughts aspects meaningful, there was some repetition throughout. When John the Baptist’s story came up more than once, almost verbatim, I had to stop and flip back to see if I was going crazy. I wasn’t. I’m not sure why this story in particular was repeated, but it wasn’t the only one. Perhaps this was a technique for the reader to remember certain passages more than others.

Overall, Sacred Space was a nice book that was meant to slow down the craziness of the Christmas season and try to remember why we celebrate this holiday.

Sure. To those of the Christian faith and would like to have a more reflective Advent/Christmas season.


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