Comfort and Joy
Author John Kibble (ed.)
Publisher CHP £0.80 (or £30 for a pack of 50)
This little booklet is an ideal Christmas gift offering to congregations that have endured the rigours of lockdown and online services throughout the year: tangible pages which will illuminate the Christmas season and reinforce the meaning of the incarnation. It comprises nine traditional carols, each with an associated Bible text and a short reflection from wise Christian leaders, including Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell. There is one each day from 25 December to 2 January. Each reflection reminds us, without sentimentality or triviality, of the profound truth of the incarnation – God with us, through thick and thin. Buy a pack and, if you are able, distribute it among your church family on the fourth Sunday of Advent, or even at midnight on Christmas Eve. It makes a fine stocking filler.
Reviewed by ELIZABETH HOGG