After twenty years of waiting, I became a mom. After twenty five years of searching, I found a church. The two have nothing and everything to do with each other.
There weren't any books that helped me survive the long wait to become a mother. The Center of Everything was comforting didn't speak directly to the issue. However, several books did help keep me sane as I searched for a church. Memoir of a Misfit: Finding My Place in the Family of God by Marcia Ford, The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church by Carmen Renee Berry and If Grace is True: Why God Will Save Every Person by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland all comforted me on that journey.
Less than six years ago I had given up hope of ever having a child or a church and yet, here I am: a mom who sends her children to preschool at the UCC church where we are active members. Sometimes it feels like it happened overnight--but then I look at the calendar (and my gray hair) and realize these good things came to one who waited. And waited.
Everyone has their own path to follow. Each path unfolds at it's own rate. I've always been a "live and let live" kind of person. In fact, that's what made it so difficult to find the right house of worship. So, I really tried to hold back on the criticism when I first saw this toy. But take it from someone who knows what it's like to wait for the most important gifts in life-- this is not an Advent calendar.
Imanginext Advent Calendar by Fisher Price
That's it. That's all I'm going to say. May everyone celebrate the season in a way that nourishes his or her spirit. And if you are in a place where a new piece of molded plastic every day for 25 days is comforting--well, God bless. Just don't call it an Advent calendar.