is the season of dwindling light and gathering cold – with a mystery at its core. Animals of the northern hemisphere enact that mystery. Watching them, we can find a way to face our primal fear of dark and cold, a healthier way than falling into depression or spiraling into frenzied distraction.

For each day of Advent, All Creation Waits opens a window onto the world of an animal amazingly, ingeniously adapting when darkness and cold descend. The animals show us in twenty-four different ways the deep mystery and abiding truth at the heart of the Christ story: The dark is not an end, but the way a new beginning comes.

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"One day in the fall, as water and air cooled, at some precise temperature an ancient bell sounded in the turtle brain. A signal: Take a deep breath."

“Each of the beautiful creatures in this little book is a unique word of God, its own metaphor, all of them together drawing us to the One we all belong to. Adapting to the dark and cold they announce the Good News of Advent: that through every dark door the creating Love of the universe waits.”

Richard Rohr, OFM, founder, Center for Action and Contemplation


"A wonderfully refreshing sidelong book that makes you stop and think and ponder and consider and contemplate and see not only Advent but your entire blessed life with new eyes. Which seems to me to be the whole point of any generous honest art. Which All Creation Waits most certainly is."

Brian Doyle, author of Chicago


“Gayle Boss writes lovingly about animals in their habitats using rich and lyrical language. Children will learn—and be awestruck—as their parents read about creatures they know, and don't know.  I'm certain families will make reading this lovely book together a yearly tradition, whether they observe Advent or not. All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings is a beautiful addition to any family library.”

Deborah Heiligman, author of Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, a National Book Award Finalist


“This book is a delight to savor and behold. I am someone who believes that the earth is our original monastery, and this worthy guide invites us intimately into the gifts of winter by exploring the rhythms of various birds, bees, and animals during the holy season of Advent. A lovely invitation into the quiet mysteries of darkness.”

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author nine books on the spiritual life including Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics