Tessa Bielecki and David Denny
Sand and Sky Publishing, Crestone, 2013, 222 pages
Imagine a quiet Advent sitting beside a crackling fire preparing for a festive and sacred Twelve Days of Christmas. The authors take you there and beyond. There’s something for everyone: young or old, whether you go to church or not. The tone is mystical and down-to-earth. Poetry, illustrations and essays, rituals and blessings, prayers and practical advice, even book, music and movie reviews help you celebrate a soulful season of glad songs, from the dark stillness of Advent through Christmas, the New Year and Epiphany, on to the welcome light of a candle on a cold February night. Order from CreateSpace.com.
Readers respond to Season of Glad Songs: A Christmas Anthology
I am grateful indeed for your Christmas Anthology. It has kept me buoyed up over the commercial
suction of our era. Its lessons, I realize, go on through Epiphany and Candlemas (which I learn, in my
Protestant ignorance, falls on February second.) And, I am sure I can turn again to it any day of the year for further revelation of Christ the Tiger. Thank you for all the wisdom you compact here; for your own poetry and insights; and for glimpses of your personal religious experiences.
—Theodore Friend, Villanova, Pennsylvania
“I am loving the Christmas book and taking it in small morsels, like good chocolate!”
—Leslie McNamara, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Different from other Christmas books because it includes a great variety of cultural and spiritual
traditions. Also these authors are amazing!
—Sandy Grundy, Westminster, Colorado
Just when you think that quite enough has been written about
Christmas, along comes a book that delights the senses and draws
you into a deeper level of meaning about the seasonal celebrations
of Winter. Opening up a spaciousness at the heart of humanity, far
from the cultural trappings of consumerism, the authors communicate
a primordial sense of wonder that stares at us every day from the
human experience. From Advent to Candelmas, the authors weave
their unique “earthy mystical” perspective into each chapter, inviting
us to see the ordinary and familiar with new eyes. A collection full of
wisdom, unusual poems, hymns, rituals, and just plain beautiful prose,
Season of Glad Songs floods the soul with illumination. This book is
essentially a gift, to give and to savor, for many years to come.
—Donna Couch on Amazon.com