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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Advent Devotional

The idea of the Advent Devotional has been well received and I want to thank those of you who have emailed me or posted messages. We still have about 15 days left open -- please let me know ASAP if you can do one or not. I have put up the grid here.

Gordon Atkinson from Real Live Preacher said he would really like to write a foreword for us as well as put a review on his blog and a purchase button. I personally want to thank him for that -- the generosity of some of the persons I have found via the internet is overwhelming.

So think about it -- we are going to sign each devotional with our webname and have a listing in the back of the book with our addresses, to preserve people's anonymity. I will post those pages first, for your review and revision.

thanks! (and I am so excited!)


  1. How bout "Herald Bloggers" as a title?? Or do we not want funny?

  2. That's funny, but I think we want serious...

  3. Will Smama and I are signed up for the same text--Magnificat and Luke 1:47-55 are the same thing. Hmm. Which one claimed it first? Or could we both do it? Surely we wouldn't say the same thing. Or Would We?..... [cue twilight zone theme]

    Also, who is editing?

    Finally, when you say a listing of addresses, do you mean e-mail addresses?

  4. Hmmm.. I think the probability of you doing the exact same thing are pretty slim... We might get two really different viewpoints. Y'all could email each other? or Reverend Mother had it first, but Will Smama is more unsure ... Hmmm....

    Actually, unless you do the exegesis together, I don't think you will be all that similar.

    Already a conflict....

  5. Let's see how it unfolds. "Will" and I can chat via e-mail.

    Other question--sounds like people were asking for guidelines.

    Let's decide on a set of guidelines that include:
    --word count (probably the most important thing)
    --content (i.e., do we want exegesis? Personal stories? Descriptions of prayer practices that the reader might use during advent? Or whatever the heck people want to do?)
    --many devotionals will pull out a verse or two at the top that act as a focus. Will we do that? If so, people should note which version they're using.
    --should we each include a short prayer at the end of our piece? I do think that should be consistent, and a short prayer would be appropriate.
    --any style things? Inclusive language for humanity and/or God, or whatever the heck people want to do?

    I'm not saying we need to be super strict, just if there are certain expectations, we should communicate them. I think I remember that some people hadn't written devotionals per se.

    This will be fun!

  6. Guidelines would be good!

    I would most appreciate guidelines on over all format and word count. As far as inclusive language, I think each person should use what she prefers. A short prayer at the end of each sounds good.

    I'm one of the folks that has never written one of these before, but I am willing to try.

  7. Guidelines=totally. As a good little middle-child-people-pleaser I'm all about the guidelines. Bring 'em on!


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