Into Advent

By Jan Richardson

Crossing the Threshold © Jan L. Richardson

As we cross into Advent, I want to let you know that in addition to the new art and reflections that I’ll be offering during this season, I have an array of other Advent and Christmas resources designed for you. Be sure to check out the online Advent retreat coming up with Abbey of the Arts; the last day to register is this Sunday (11/27).

BOOKS: I have a couple of books created especially for this season. With reflections and art, they offer a richly contemplative space as these days unfold. Click on the covers or titles below for more info.

Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas
A longtime favorite that’s back in print this year. Inscribed copies are available by request.

Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas
An eBook that was just published this week through Kindle. If  you don’t have a Kindle e-reader, it’s also available on all Kindle apps (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.)—including one that enables you to read Kindle books on your computer. To download the Kindle app, visit the Free Kindle Reading Apps page on

IMAGES ONLINE: Jan Richardson Images enables churches and other communities to download my artwork for use in worship, education, and other settings. Individual images are available, or you can sign up for an annual subscription, which gives you unlimited downloads for a year. During Advent and Christmas, I’m offering a festive discount on annual subscriptions: for just $125, you can sign up for an artful year (regularly $165). The site offers many images for Advent, Christmas, and beyond. Visit Subscribe to Jan Richardson Images to sign up.

ONLINE ADVENT RETREAT: I am looking forward to being part of the creative team for the online Advent retreat designed and hosted by Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts, and I’d love for you to join us. This is a great way to enter into a reflective, contemplative space during this season. The retreat begins this Sunday, November 27, which is also the last day to register. For more info and registration, click the banner below:

CHRISTMAS CARDS: I have artful greeting cards available for the season; visit Greeting Cards.

ART PRINTS: All of the images at are available as prints. To order prints from that site, go to the desired image and scroll down to “Prints & Products.” A great gift for someone else or for your own self.

NEWSLETTER: I send out an occasional e-newsletter that includes a seasonal reflection, artwork, information about current offerings and upcoming events, and whatever else strikes my creative fancy. I would be delighted to include you in my mailing list if you haven’t already subscribed. You can sign up here.

As we enter into Advent, may you find deep sources of sustenance in these days. Blessings and peace to you!

P.S. If you’d like to receive these Advent Door blog posts via email, check out the new “Subscribe by email” box in the sidebar (near the top, just above the cover for the Through the Advent Door eBook).

[Today’s artwork is the first collage that I created for The Advent Door when I began this blog four years ago. To use the “Crossing the Threshold” image, please visit this page at Your use of helps make the ministry of The Advent Door possible. Thank you!]

One Response to “Into Advent”

  1. Janet Eggleston Says:

    Thank you so much for ALL of these resources! Is there any chance that Through the Advent door will be available for Nook as well?
    Blessings to you this Advent season!!

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