Low: An Honest Advent Devotional
Let’s be honest about Advent: we're often forced to put on a happy face, to pretend we’re merry when we’re frustrated and stressed and exhausted by the expectations of others. We’re also frustrated by what Advent has become - a celebration of consumerism - while it forgets the season’s origins in a dark, cold stable with an empty manger.
In this honest Advent devotional, best-selling progressive Christian author John Pavlovitz reminds us that God came to meet us in the low places of our lives: when we live humbly, when we seek forgiveness, in our grief and suffering, when we act on behalf of someone else, when we pray. As we walk the road of Advent, Jesus reminds us the invitation is not to escape this world to an elevated Heaven somewhere else, but to bring Heaven down. “God with us” is Jesus, getting low.
Each devotional includes a scripture and Advent reflection on Jesus meeting us on the ground, in the grit of our real and messy lives.
"If you're not yet a fan of John Pavlovitz's insightful spiritual writing, you will be when you read Low. And even if you already are a fan, the tenderness, honesty, and depth you'll find in these pages will surprise you, enriching your experience of Advent and inspiring you live more wisely and fully in the year to come."―Brian D. McLaren, author/activist
"I think of John Pavlovitz as America’s progressive pastor, the spiritual advisor for all of us who are grieving, bewildered, exhausted, or feel like we don’t belong. In his latest—Low: An Honest Advent Devotional—John helps us engage the holiday season through the lens of all that weighs us down, encouraging us to believe that in our pain, our humility, our sadness that God is with us. This lovely collection of readings will meet you where you are, remind you that you’re not alone, and help you navigate the hardships of the season."―Matthew Paul Turner
"In Low: An Honest Advent Devotional, John Pavlovitz shows us a Jesus who confronts the contours of real life. Instead of gauzy reflections on a spiritualized faith, Pavlovitz reminds us that any Jesus worth following is to be found in the low and messy places of everyday life—the places filled with monotony and depression, with small wonders and simple mercies, with fear and joy and mystery; in other words, in the places most of us spend the bulk of our lives. In Low we find an Advent faith that feels at home in the world we actually live in, which is exactly where Jesus continues to find us."―Derek Penwell, author of Outlandish