A Surprising God and Beyond the Tinsel

The following short reviews were published in our Dec. 6, 2021 magazine.

A Surprising God: Advent Devotions for an Uncertain Time

Thomas G. Long and Donyelle C. McCray
Westminster John Knox, 112 pages | August 24, 2021

These Advent devotions follow a typical format – Scripture, reflection, closing prayer – but seek to offer something new this season. Long and McCray, both preaching professors at respected divinity schools, recognize that the world Jesus will burst into this December is an uncertain one.

What does it mean to be people of faith during a pandemic marked by isolation, illness and political division? Their daily devotions seek to respond to these questions with Bible favorites, of course, but also with stories of real people’s struggles and joys, ultimately offering good news of great joy.