Expecting Emmanuel: Eight Women Who Prepared the Way (Paperback)

Expecting Emmanuel: Eight Women Who Prepared the Way By Joanna Harader, Michelle Burkholder Cover Image


Journey through Advent and Christmas with the women of Jesus' family line.

Christmas is about so much more than twinkle lights, sugar cookies, and perfect family photos. It's about the world-changing, transforming, and sometimes messy reality of "God with us." As we dive deep into the biblical accounts of Jesus' female ancestors and reflect on God's presence in their complicated lives, we can begin to release our expectations of a "perfect Christmas" and instead seek the experience of a holy season.

Through invitational spiritual practices and reflections, this daily devotional centers the stories of five women in Jesus' genealogy--Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary--plus three additional female figures connected to Jesus' early life in the days leading up to Epiphany. You will also find resources for exploring the lives of these women in worship, small group, and retreat settings. This Advent and Christmas season, step into the true power of the Incarnation as we journey together to the manger and encounter the omnipotent God who has come to us in the vulnerable Christ-child.

‚ÄčOriginal artwork by Michelle Burkholder.

About the Author

Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. Her worship liturgies have been published in the Voices Together hymnal and are used in churches of various denominations. She has written for publications such as Christian Century, Leader Magazine, and Shine Sunday School curriculum. She writes regularly for the RevGal Blog Pals blog, as well as her own blog, Spacious Faith. Michelle Burkholder serves as the associate pastor of Hyattsville (MD) Mennonite Church and is a practicing visual artist. One of Michelle's paper cutout pieces, Loaves and Fishes, can be found in the Voices Together hymnal. After studying art and theater at Eastern Mennonite University, Michelle went on to study the intersections of theology and the arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. The connections between art, faith, and spirituality fill Michelle with wonder, curiosity, and joy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781513810553
ISBN-10: 1513810553
Publisher: Herald Press (VA)
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 130
Language: English