Print this page
Teach Us to Number Our Days: A Liturgical Advent Calendar
Click to see a preview

Teach Us to Number Our Days


A Liturgical Advent Calendar

Barbara Dee Baumgarten

List Price: $16.00

PAPERBACK , 160 pages , 8.5 x 11

  • Morehouse Publishing
  • Sep/1999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8192-1765-3

eBook available from these distributors:

This practical handbook for homes and church communities helps to enrich the Christian celebration of Advent through the creation and use of an Advent calendar. Written for people of all skill levels, Baumgarten provides instructions for a calendar made of paper or junk mail, a no-sew felt version, and a fabric version for more advanced sewers.

Teach Us To Number Our Days, however, is more than a simple crafts book. Baumgarten provides readers with a brief history of the development of Advent in the Christian calendar, as well as detailed explanations of the various Christian symbols that can be used during the season. Paying attention to both the Old and New Testament symbols, as well as the Sundays of Advent and the Great ‘O’ Antiphons from December 17-23, this book is a complete guide to Advent for individuals, families, and churches.

View the inside front cover for an example of a felt and paper Advent calendar.

View the inside back cover for an example of a fabric Advent calendar.

Barbara Dee Baumgarten seeks to understand the relationship between visual art and theology. She has a Ph. D. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is also a quilter, and teaches quilting to others. Barbara lives with her family in Santa Paula, California.

"Barbara Baumgarten's book gives the reader ample historical and theological background as well as easy-to-follow directions to engage intergenerational cooperation for celebrating Advent in the household. These calendar projects will contribute to a memorable Advent in home or church." --Doug Adams, Professor of Christianity and the Arts, Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California


"Teach Us To Number Our Days is a complete, "user friendly", highly recommended guide to Advent for all celebrants." -- Midwest Book Review
"wonderful book...making such a calendar for a family to use or to give as a special gift could be an enjoyable intergenerational project." --Catholic Parent, November/December 2000
This practical handbook for homes and church communities helps to enrich the Christian celebration of Advent through the creation and use of an Advent calendar...More than a simple crafts book, Baumgarten provides readers with a brief history of the development of Advent in the Christian calendar, as well as detailed explanations of the various Christian symbols.--Anglican Digest, Michaelmas A.D. 2001.

©2008 Church Publishing Incorporated