This is a sumptuously produced book on good quality paper, graced with some stunning pictures of art, both ancient and modern.

At first sight, an advent book that focuses on the climate crisis seems rather counterintuitive. Yet on reflection the urgency of this season of preparation is the ideal time to sound a note of warning about the ticking clock of environmental action or inaction. As we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Creator to his creation in the Incarnation, it is appropriate to spare a thought for how we his creatures have treated his world.

Advent 2022 comes quickly on the heels of the last stages of wrangling over forms of words and decisions being made at the latest COP summit.

This book gives four weeks of daily reflections for Advent. This is a blend of science, biblical reflection, prayers and at the end of each week a set of searching questions.

I found this to be a clear, thought-provoking and bracing read.

We all need to take a regular inventory of our response to important priorities. Advent is a great time to do that, as we ask the questions: “How am I treating the creation as I anticipate the celebration of the birth of the creator to be my saviour, and how to I get ready for his return as my judge?

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.

  • The Archbishop of York’s Advent Book 2002
  • SPCK
  • ISBN 978 0281086849
  • £10.99
  • 144 pages