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Brightest and Best31 Advent Devotions on Jesus

Brightest and Best

31 Advent Devotions on Jesus

Philippa Ruth Wilson
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This 31–day Advent devotional built around the words of well–loved carols will bring comfort and hope in the darkest time of the year.


In a world of poverty, prejudice, and sickness it can be hard to sing tis the season to be jolly and mean it. We are in a world laden with darkness and grief, and yet by the end of November, so much around us seems to be yelling: HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Is this what advent is then? A building pressure to put reality on hold for a while, and to just Have a Good Time?


Brightest and Best is a collection of Advent devotions that point to the comfort that God has promised: the coming of Jesus. Philippa Wilson communicates joyful, uplifting, and glorious Christmas truths in fresh ways. The purpose of each devotion is to stir up hope and faith, and praise for Jesus, as well as to encourage readers to think biblically and deeply about the carols we sing each year.


Each devotion includes

  • a passage of Scripture to ponder
  • a short, encouraging reading
  • the lyrics of a popular Christmas carol

Part One is focused on Christmas, and all that it means that Jesus has come.

Part Two covers the days leading up to the new year; readings to cover that tricky post–Christmas period to give you courage for whatever lies ahead.  

Philippa Ruth Wilson

About Philippa Ruth Wilson

Philippa Ruth Wilson has blogged about Jesus and depression at A Certain Brightness for 5 years. She holds a BA in theology, an MA in creative writing, and teaches English to Cardiff teenagers. Outside of the classroom, you will find her charity shop bargain–hunting, writing her novel or having a nap.


  • Author: Philippa Ruth Wilson
  • Release Date: July 2022
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Trade hardback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527108745
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Holidays > Christmas & Advent


Philippa Ruth Wilson … has married all–too–familiar lines of our carols with 31 Bible readings, rearticulating them in crisp profundity. Her poetry, honest of life’s darkness and pain, complements her lively engagement. Reading this book will have you belting out carols with renewed vim and adoration for Emmanuel!

Natalie Brand, Author and Tutor for Women, Union School of Theology, Wales

Interweaving the wisdom and grace of her aptly termed Carolsville with the wonderous story of Jesus, Philippa Wilson in Brightest and Best sparks longing and love within us during the Advent and Christmas seasons. She welcomes us to share her deep love of the ‘little Lord Jesus’ – a mind–bending notion of the God who became Man. I commend it with joy.

Amy Boucher Pye, Author, Celebrating Christmas
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