The Advent Narrative

The Life You Didn’t Know You Were Already Living

 

Advent is rushed. One glance at the calendar clearly displays Advent as a four-week season reaching its climax on Christmas. But what if Advent is not just four weeks long? What if instead, Advent is a lifetime of living?

This book marks the beginning of your chance to choose a life that is lived outward rather than inward—an invitational life where you can prepare your heart to receive the joy and hope that comes with knowing Jesus. A life that will keep you focused on Christ as you clear out what weighs you down to make room for the One who lifts you up.

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“And God heard their groaning; and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob; and God saw the Israelites; and God knew.”

Exodus 2:24-25, CSB

Advent is rushed. One glance at the calendar clearly displays Advent as a four-week season reaching its climax on Christmas. But what if Advent is not just four weeks long? What if instead, Advent is a lifetime of living?

Mary Geisen has walked through years of wilderness living while working just to make it to the other side unscathed. The loss of both parents, retirement from a job she loved, and empty-nester syndrome led her straight into a period of wilderness living. God took her limited knowledge of the “not yet” and created a new understanding for walking in faith and hope. Using the season of Advent, God took the ideas of preparation and expectancy and applied them to her everyday living.

This book marks the beginning of your chance to choose a life that is lived outward rather than inward—an invitational life where you can prepare your heart to receive the joy and hope that comes with knowing Jesus. A life that will keep you focused on Christ as you clear out what weighs you down to make room for the One who lifts you up.

May this book lead you on your own discovery of Jesus and Advent living. May you learn a new way to live in the “not yet” and find that Jesus has never left your side along the way.


What they’re saying

In our rushed, busy lives, it’s easy to become so distracted by the things of this world that we forget all about the world that is to come. Rather than spending a few weeks each year anticipating the celebration of the first time Jesus came down to earth, The Advent Narrative challenges believers to spend a lifetime anticipating the next time Jesus comes, when we’ll see Him face to face. This book is a welcome invitation to posture ourselves toward the King of Kings and to live our lives with eternal hope.

Kate Motaung

author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging and Letters to Grief, and co-author of Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me)

I adore Mary Geisen, her heart, her love for Jesus, and her commitment to find the right words to tell God’s story to a world in need of hope and peace. As you read this book, know that you are in good hands. Anything that Mary writes comes out of her deep love for our Lord and her Spirit-filled heart.

Jennifer Dukes Lee

author of Growing Slow and It's All Under Control

Mary Geisen takes her readers through the beautiful story of Advent in a way that unlocks new doors and calls readers to a new postures. The way she introduces Advent as a story meant to be lived throughout the year and not just the typical four weeks leading up to Christmas, pulls readers into this beloved event in an eternal way. Mary is a natural storyteller. Her words do more than just sit on a page–they teach, inspire, and leave one wanting to know more. Scene by scene, act by act, prayer by prayer, readers will be overwhelmed by the meticulous details of the birth of their Savior. To know and understand the intimate happenings is to more fully know and understand the heart of a really good Father, one so good, He is willing to give His own Son. 

Kristan Dooley

pastor, Discipleship Coach, author of Bigger: Rebuilding the Broken and Left Turns: Following Jesus off the Beaten Path

The Advent Narrative: The Life You Didn’t Know You Were Already Living invites you to step onto the stage and into living the most wonderful story there ever was. Mary Geisen beautifully unfolds the truth of Scripture that we are an Advent people.  We may have wandered in the wilderness for a season, but now we have a pivotal role in completing the fulfillment of God’s story here on earth.

The Advent Narrative will stir hope in your heart and awaken your mind to the invitation that Advent living is for you.  Mary artfully communicates the heart of God and awakens our awareness of Him. She issues a call: Step into God’s story to live and walk in His plan daily. Your invitation awaits, step into The Advent Narrative today.

Debbie Kitterman

author; founder of Dare 2 Hear Ministries; international speaker; podcaster, pastor; blogger, Dare2Hear.com; Dare2Hear The Podcast; D2Htraining.com

If you are like me, a lover of all things Advent, you do not want to miss Mary Geisen’s Advent book, The Advent Narrative.

This isn’t a simple devotional, rather it is a journey into living an expectant life. Mary teaches us that Advent isn’t just for Christmastime.

We can live expectantly in the wildernesses of life. Our minds may “scream for release from the waiting,” but our souls yearn for a deep relationship with God. This relationship can only be grown in the wilderness of waiting.

As you readThe Advent Narrative, I’m confident this year’s Christmas advent will pave the way to a life of advent living.

Dianne Thornton

Inspirational author

The Advent Narrative, by Mary Geisen, has transformed my understanding of Advent as the season leading up to Christmas, as well as the idea of Advent in everyday living.

I love how Geisen reveals God’s presence throughout history, particularly through the history of the Jewish people. But, more than that, she opens the reader’s understanding of things we all struggle with: waiting and living in the space between the “now and not yet.”

Her stories and insights spoke to my heart and broadened my understanding of what it means to live in an Advent place in our lives . . . and the beauty of living in the Advent between the first and second coming of Jesus. Geisen offers some poignant life-applicable takeaways and breaths of peace through her words.

This book is a great read for those who want to dive deep into their relationship with Jesus and to come away with insights on how to live well in the now. This book also offers a great perspective for the waiting places we all find ourselves in at one point or another in our lives.

Jeanne Takenaka

Inspirational author

The Advent life is not a dead end
but a journey toward deeper knowledge and relationship with Him.

“In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.”
John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.”
John 1:1

For it is in the middle, the not yet, the in-between that God does some of His greatest work.

If everything begins somewhere, then creation is the beginning of everything.

Surrender is ongoing. It is not a one and done choice.

A posture of grace looks like leaning in close to learn and hear from God.

Mary Geisen is the author of Brave Faith: A 31 Day Devotional Journey. She is a blogger, a speaker, a lover of coffee and deep, soul-filled conversations. Her greatest joys are her roles as a mom, mother-in-love, and Mimi. 

As a writer and follower of Jesus, God has led her through wilderness seasons, taught her how to walk in brave faith, and has drawn her into closer relationship with Him. Mary wants to live in a way that others are empowered to walk in brave faith through their own in-between, middle seasons of life.

Mary Geisen is the author of Brave Faith: A 31 Day Devotional Journey. She is a blogger, a speaker, a lover of coffee and deep, soul-filled conversations. Her greatest joys are her roles as a mom, mother-in-love, and Mimi. 

As a writer and follower of Jesus, God has led her through wilderness seasons, taught her how to walk in brave faith, and has drawn her into closer relationship with Him. Mary wants to live in a way that others are empowered to walk in brave faith through their own in-between, middle seasons of life.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.”
Isaiah 9:6

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.”
Isaiah 9:6

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