A Handful of Change: Journeying Through Advent by Craufurd Murray

A Handful of Change  is a series of writings for an often neglected Season.  There is always a rich assortment of books available for Lent each year, taking us through to the Festival of Easter.  Advent, however, has far fewer spiritual resources on offer to compete with all the other things we are doing to prepare for Christmas.

This new book by Craufurd Murray enables the reader to take a day-by-day journey through Advent, with a brief ‘bite’ for each day’s sustenance and consideration.  It begins a week before Advent Sunday, giving a run-up to the Season, and also includes some post-Christmas reflections.

Craufurd is very aware that, ‘All do not travel by one road’ (Teresa of Avila), and is concerned only to stir our hearts rather than direct our beliefs.  Ten years ago, with Lynda Patterson, he compiled a collection for Advent, Christmas and New Year (A Handful of Light), and since that time he has had some unfinished business with Advent!  This book is the result.

The Reverend Bosco Peters (quoting from his Liturgy website www.liturgy.co.nz) says:

“I have known the author, Craufurd, for decades.  He was my training vicar during my curacy.  He is a natural storyteller, connecting his anecdote seamlessly to a deep spirituality.  He reads widely.  On looking through the book, I spot Wittgenstein, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill, Kingsley,…  There are references to art, to hymns, and to the traditional themes of Advent (Heaven, Hell, Death, Judgment; Love, Hope, Joy, Peace;…).  The book is appealingly produced.  It has a number of photos, has beautiful content, and points to the exquisite Mystery of the Incarnation.  I enthusiastically recommend this book for your Advent.”

This book is available from the Anglican Centre for $10.00 incl GST per copy plus P&P.  If you would like to order a copy, please email Karen on karen@wn.ang.org.nz.