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Preparing for the Real Meaning of Christmas

Philosopher revives the Christmas season with a fresh rediscovery of the celebration of Advent


Contact: Ben Laurro, 818-753-4056, Ben@purepublicity.com


MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- Advent (Latin for "coming" or "arrival") is the four week Christian celebration of the entrance of Jesus into the world that culminates on Christmas Day. In 2007, Advent begins on December 2 and marks the beginning of the new Christian Church year.


Christmas is a "busy" time for most people, where the world seems in constant motion. The birth of Christ too often becomes a secondary issue amidst the busyness. This need not be so, for Christ understands the type of frenetic world in which we live. Marty Bullis, a former minister is the author of The Miraculous Journey: Anticipating God in the Christmas Season (Regal Books), a book that takes readers on a spiritual journey through the Advent season.


Bullis leads the reader through all four Gospel accounts of Christ's Advent with 29 daily Scripture readings for the Advent season, followed by thought-provoking reflections, bidding prayers, and pages for journal entries. Bullis makes Advent accessible and more meaningful for Christians of all denominations, liturgical and non-liturgical. The devotional is well suited for individual and group use; it contains helps for structuring small groups as well as candle-lighting meditations for use in church and home.


As Bullis writes, "Advent causes us to become children again. It is a celebration of birth, a celebration of all that the Christ child shows us about being human. We remember the words of Scripture: 'no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above' (John 3:3, NRSV) and 'unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven' (Matthew 18:3, NRSV). Advent calls us back to childhood, back to birth, back to the womb. When we find ourselves as God's children, reborn into a Kingdom of hope, we find our legs again, and find ourselves joy-jumping."


Marty A. Bullis is a fresh, provocative voice in Christian literature and the author of The Passionate Journey. A graduate of Milligan College and Claremont Graduate University, he is a former minister and has taught philosophy and religion at a number of colleges, including Azusa Pacific University and Juniata College. Marty and his family reside in central Pennsylvania.