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Holy Disruption: Discovering Advent in the Gospel of Mark

"Holy Disruption reminds us Jesus’ birth matters only because by living abundantly and dying redemptively, Jesus sought to reorder the world."

Tracy S. Daub
Westminster John Knox, 150 pages | Published September 6, 2022

Advent devotionals leading us to a baby asleep on the hay are easy to find – and we review several of the newest contributions on our website – but an Advent guide that opens with stories of the end times? That’s a different angle, and it’s what happens when Tracy Daub discusses the incarnation through the lens of the Gospel of Mark. Holy Disruption reminds us Jesus’ birth matters only because by living abundantly and dying redemptively, Jesus sought to reorder the world.

Daub wonders: “Maybe the work we are given begins with an honest reckoning of our own brokenness and a willingness to participate in Christ’s radical reordering of our lives.” And so we wait not just for Christmas but for Christ to return and transform our world — therefore our waiting and our preparations must be active and embodied.

Daub generously meets us where we are, offering examples ranging from the personal (forgive, hold a baby) to the communal (advocate, march in protest), while also insisting that realizing God’s kingdom is more radical than we might have acknowledged. With just five chapters, each concluding with five questions, Holy Disruption is ideal for weekly small groups, personal devotions or for anyone seeking a welcome disruption in their life of faith.

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