God's Geek

Reflections and random thoughts of a geeky youth worker in North London...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Christmas Mystery

Well... I have finished my essay - hoorah! One of the comments after I sent it to my tutor was that my writing style was quite verbose... moi?... never!

Anyway, the completion of my essay is allowing me to get into the Christmas spirit. In a fortnight's time, my day will be full of iceskating, film watching, Schloer drinking and dressing up posh for dinner all in the name of my job! Aaaah there are times when I really love my job! we are buying our Christmas tree on Tuesday and Sunday morning is the gift and carol service, where each of the Sunday morning children and youth groups present a part of the Christmas story. I am planning to do something on the theme of Christingle at the midweek groups next week - thanks for the tip Lewis Christmas is here - yay!

One of the things that gets me into the Christmas spirit is reading a rather lovely book by Jostein Gaarder called the Christmas Mystery. It is a story about a boy and his advent calendar and is a truly lovely account of Christmas and the affect of Jesus' birth through the ages. I am a great fan of Jostein Gaarder and this is really a children's book but is great for adults as well. If you don't read it this year, get hold of a copy for advent next year...


Blogger weird hippy said...

had to look up what verbose meant. Must mean that i am not

1:01 PM  
Anonymous wais said...

Try 'Through A Glass Darkly' if you haven't already; it's a beautiful book, more on the story telling side and not as philosophically based in terms of set out concepts, but it has some wonderful philosophical ponderings and ideas about the Cosmos in it, from life and death to angels.

There's also 'The Solitare Mystery' which I read a while back, and it had alot of random imagery in it, drawing metaphors from a deck of cards. It's not as good as some of Gaarder's other work but it's worth a read if you haven't already read it!!

I'm guessing you've probably read both already though :)


12:55 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks Wais - yeah, I have read both of them and have also read Maya, although I didn't really enjoy that and really didn't get into that. I really enjoyed 'Through a Glass Darkly', though. Enjoy Hong Kong!

9:03 AM  

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