In Chapter two of Gaze Upon Jesus, we are gazing with patience. Patience, I was taught, was the virtue you never prayed for. Many believe that when you pray for patience, instead of [...]
The Read Between The WINEs 2018 Advent Book Club
The 2018 Advent Read Between The WINEs Book Club ~ Gaze Upon Jesus: Experiencing Christ’s Childhood through the Eyes of Women
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The WINE Advent Fun is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 … 4!
1. SIGN UP FOR OUR WINE EMAILS
The book club will cover one chapter a week for 6 weeks beginning Sunday, November 4th. Preceding each week, a Gaze Upon Jesus Reflection, which corresponds to the reading in that week’s chapter, will be posted on the Gaze Upon Jesus blog. You can opt to have it emailed directly to you as well. Don’t miss these or any other special Advent Book Club notices. Sign up here —> WINE Advent Emails
2. ORDER THE BOOK
Why order through the online WINE shop? Simple. Your purchase through the WINE shop supports all the wonderful work of WINE ministries, a nonprofit ministry for women. It is also the only place to purchase the Gaze Upon Jesus Companion Journal and Study Guide – filled with insightful reflections, includes the small group questions, a special guide for visio divina, and of course, coloring pages from Brightly Hude Studio.
A little about this one-of-a-kind book:
WINE: Women In the New Evangelization offers its second, six-week scripture study, this time following the infancy and early years of Christ as seen through the eyes of Mary and other familiar and imagined women in the gospels.
Founder Kelly Wahlquist and ten other members of WINE uniquely blend scripture reflections, imaginative encounters, and visio divina “sacred seeing” with practical spirituality and discussion questions that will help you take a prayerful and creative journey through Advent and the Christmas season.
Not much is known about the childhood of Jesus, but the Gospels highlight six key moments in his early life:
- the angel Gabriel proclaiming Jesus’ birth to Mary at the Annunciation
- a pregnant Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth
- the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
- the presentation of Jesus in the temple
- the flight of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to Egypt
- discovering the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple
Week by week, you will dig deep into each of the scriptural vignettes of Jesus’ early life and grow in your faith as you learn about virtues such as humility, patience, charity, reverence, prudence, and courage.
Each chapter uses an image that allows you to practice visio divina, the ancient practice of praying with sacred art. The images are included in an eight-page, full-color insert.
Gaze Upon Jesus will appeal to women who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus during Advent. Contributors to this inspiring scripture study include: Alyssa Bormes, Sarah Christmyer, Mary Healy, Maria Morera Johnson, Stephanie Landsem, Elizabeth Lev, Joan Lewis, Deborah Savage, Kelly Wahlquist, Katie Warner, and Carol Younger. Popular Catholic media personality Teresa Tomeo, also a member of WINE, wrote the foreword for the book.
As an individual or group study, Gaze Upon Jesus is a memorable way to encounter the God who sent his Son to show us his loving Father’s heart.
3. START A READ BETWEEN THE WINES BOOK CLUB
WINE makes it easy to bring together a faith sharing group to discuss Gaze Upon Jesus. WINE offers step by step guidelines AND one to one assistance if needed. To get started:
- Invite friends and/or women you’d like to become friends with (as them to invite friends as well) to join you for an 6-week book club;
- Purchase the BOOK from the WINE shop;
- Become a WINE MEMBER (*various levels available – including free. Memberships support the nonprofit work of WINE);
- Sign up for the WINE BOOK CLUB EMAILS (no spam, we promise).
4. JOIN THE WINE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
WINE brings women together from across the world to share their faith through the many WINE book offerings. There are many ways to participate including discussions on our blog or the WINE Book Clubs Facebook group.
WINE Virtual Vineyard brings together women, just like you, reading either Gaze Upon Jesus or one of the many Read Between the WINES books and companion journals/study guides available through WINE. Whether you participate in the virtual community to enhance your small group reading or because you need a faith sharing group, the WINE Virtual Vineyard is the place to be.
Aside from the CatholicVineyard.com posts and discussions, you can join us on Facebook. Like our WINE Facebook Page; and then become a part of the WINE Book Clubs private group. Be sure to invite your friends!