Joy to the World: Experiencing the Grace of Christmas (2019) invites us to consider more attentively the Grace that Christmas offers us which can easily be overlooked in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season. This book combines the insights of several individuals drawing from the wisdom of the saints of Carmel – John of the Cross and Thérèse of the Child Jesus – to help us understand the extraordinary grace of this joyful season. The book explores the loving attentiveness to experiencing the grace of Christmas – from the remote preparations of Advent to the glorious manifestation of the Christ at Epiphany.
Joy to the World, firmly grounded in Scripture and Carmelite teachings, is a worthy companion in the preparation to experience anew the greatest event of human history, the mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ. This event defies the logic of human reasoning and confronts us with the scandal of divine logic and the promise it holds for all who accept it - the power to become the children of God (John 1:12). It is the perfect gift to those wondering how to give the Child of Bethlehem a joyful and worthy welcome.