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Hungry and You Fed Me – Book and giveawy

320329_393766334029306_938332944_n-1The new liturgical year begins on Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, when we enter Cycle C. It is not too late to be looking for resources for prayer, reflection and study – in fact, this being Advent, you should go slowly.

If you are looking for something, I would like to recommend a volume that I have the privilege of being a part of; Hungry and You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C. This book and charitable project was conceived by Deacon Jim Knipper, and includes many esteemed contributors, such as Richard Rohr OFM and James Martin SJ. There is beautiful cover and interior art by Michael O’Neill McGrath OSFS. The beautiful forward is written by dear friend and talented author, Meredith Gould. This is an ecumenical project, and the works of Presbyterian, Episcopalian and other Christians are included, which in my estimation enriches the insights offered. Some of the offerings are from ordained ministers, priests, and deacons, but also from lay people like myself.

L to R, Deacon Jim Knipper, Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, Mike and Vickie Leach, Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, Rev. Penelope Nash, Rev. Richard Rohr, Rev. Michael Doyle, Rev. Paul Holmes

L to R, Deacon Jim Knipper, Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, Mike and Vickie Leach, Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, Rev. Penelope Nash, Rev. Richard Rohr, Rev. Michael Doyle, Rev. Paul Holmes

As someone away from the church for a long time (1972-1990), a big part of my return was guided by Richard Rohr, through both his writings and his tapes. (Yes – cassettes… it was 1990!) That I should end up in a book with him is still astounding to me. And I got to meet him a couple of weeks ago.

But I digress… Advent is beginning and many of us will be looking for something to guide us through the cycle of Scripture for the Sundays and holy days to come; this book will make a perfect companion. Speaking of my co-contributors, I can only tell you that they all offer much wisdom, insight and food for thought.

In fact, I am reminded as we begin Advent, of the metaphor of not only being hungry and being fed, but how important it is to eat slowly. Especially if we are famished, as most of us are, and the temptation is to stuff it down fast, and move on. After all, there is so much else to do. As someone who is passionate about living in a eucharistic manner, as someone who writes a blog that has bread in the title – I feel like I know remarkably little about truly slowing down and being nourished. The next thing must get done, I think!

Um – like what, exactly? Right, that is it… It is Advent. Can we be still and let God be God?

Hungry_and_you_fed_meSo, assuming you are, like me -hungry, this book will feed you well and nourish you; through Advent and throughout the year. I don’t say that because of what I wrote in it, but because of what else you will find it it. And that’s not all, this book will also feed others. It is a charitable project with all proceeds going to tend to the needs of the hungry and homeless. Every purchase you make will do something good for others, as well as for yourself. And it does make a nice gift! This book will also make an wonderful companion for all sorts of adult faith formation and enrichment, small faith sharing groups, prayer groups and more.

If you are interested in buying a copy and you are local to the Albany, NY area, please leave me a message in the comments. Copies are available at the parish office of Immaculate Conception Glenville and St. Edward the Confessor, and at Monday night Adult Faith Enrichment at St. Edward’s. I will also be attending Tuesday night Evening Prayer in Advent at St. Edward’s, so you can see me there as well. Copies are also available at O’Connor’s in Latham, or in the St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry office at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center.

If you want to purchase books online, or order in bulk, visit the website. You can also leave a comment here, and I will get you in touch with Jim Knipper who can facilitate that for you. Jim also handles international orders.

Want to win a copy? If you are a friend of the blog, you know the routine… If not, here it goes: Leave a comment and you will be entered. Leave two comments and you will be entered twice. The deadline will be Tuesday, December 4, 11pm, eastern time. Enter often – you never know! And I am having a lot of fun giving away books, why not my own? So buy a book, enter to win a book – but whatever you do, I wish you the start of a beautifully expectant and peaceful Advent season.

PS – don’t forget to look for Homilists for the Homeless on Facebook and “like” us, if you have not already done so! Thanks!

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