This book is a great way to leave the focus on Christ as we prepare for Christmas
Riverview, FL (PRWEB) October 03, 2016
Within the pages of Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis’s new book, Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections for Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany, ($15.99, paperback, 9781498484077; $7.99, e-book, 9781498484084) readers will discover a series of short daily reflections on the scripture accounts of the Nativity and Epiphany, to be read during the Advent and Christmas Seasons. It’s a refreshing view of the Nativity story told in only forty verses of scripture – 19 in the Gospel of Matthew, 20 in the Gospel of Luke and 1 in the Gospel of John – with nearly each word of every verse packed with meaning. Readers will take a fascinating journey to the manger along with Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Magi. This thought-provoking version of the story will impress readers with so many things about this beloved story they may never have heard before.
According to the author, most churches put great emphasis on spiritual preparation for Easter and for spiritual renewal to take place during Lent each spring. However, Advent is often overlooked as a period of spiritual renewal and spiritual preparation that takes place before Christmas each year. Advent has become a period of great stress when it should rival Lent as a period of spiritual growth. This book has daily reflections, which will take no more than five minutes a day to read, which will focus the reader on the purpose for the Advent season.
“By reading this book, the reader will gain a better understanding of the “good news of a great joy” and why ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,’” states the author. “We routinely leave Christ out of Christmas. This book is a great way to leave the focus on Christ as we prepare for Christmas.”
Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis has served as a Greek Orthodox priest for nearly 20 years. In addition to his work at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, Fr. Stavros also writes a daily inspiration called “The Prayer Team”. Each message contains a short passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. “Let All Creation Rejoice” is a collection of reflections on the Nativity and Epiphany. A second book of reflections on Lent and Easter is due out in January 2017. Fr. Stavros grew up in Whittier, CA, where he earned a BA in History from Whittier College. He later earned an M.Div from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. His has published a book, “Byzantium Comes to Southern California”, as well as several articles in various magazines over the past twenty years. He lives in Tampa with his wife Lisa, and their son, Nicholas.
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections for Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
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