Lisa and I are excited to offer you copies of our Advent books to help your family observe Advent. We will have 5 winners who will receive BOTH books! Can I hear a yippee?

This week's giveaway:


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O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath


By Lisa M. Hendey (Ave Maria Press, 2012)

About the book:

Lisa Hendey, Catholic social media expert and creator of, presents five-minute daily devotions to help Catholic households embrace the spiritual riches of Advent.

This daily prayer book is created for use around an Advent wreath in Catholic households of any configuration. It contains twenty-eight devotional services, each designed to last only five minutes--an achievable goal for busy families. The single-page service includes: 1) a simple candle lighting, 2) a brief scripture passage paired with a reflection question for adults and older children and one for younger children, 3) silence, and 4) a closing prayer. Rooted in scriptural images of light, the booklet can be used perennially.

Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families


By Sarah A. Reinhard (Liguori Publications, 2011)

About the book:

Advent is a season almost forgotten by the secular world. With new toys and electronics available, why should we focus on this time of anticipation? Most everyone cannot wait for Christmas morning to arrive, but is it for the right reason? Sarah A. Reinhard designedWelcome Baby Jesus for you and your family to capture some of what's intended by the liturgical season of Advent. Each day has a Scripture quote from the Sunday gospel readings, a brief reflection, and an action to complete. With each passing Sunday, your Advent Wreath will grow brighter, your family's faith will grow stronger, and the true meaning of this season will be discovered.

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