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Making Room in Advent

25 Devotions for a Season of Wonder

by Bette Dickinson

Making Room in Advent
  • Length: 120 pages
  • Number of Studies: 25
  • Published: September 13, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: A0484
  • ISBN: 9781514004845

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Preparation for the Christmas season can often feel busy and frantic, but it doesn't have to be this way. What if we stopped and listened to the movement and unfolding of God's plan around us? Making Room in Advent is an invitation away from the chaos and into the space where God is at work.

The unfolding of God's plan often happens in unlikely spaces, both in Scripture and in our own lives. Join Bette Dickinson as she moves through the story of Jesus' birth and the stories of the many people that were part of the journey. Each page is filled with an original painting that will fill you with hope and wonder during the Advent season. The twenty-five devotionals offer spiritual practices, breath prayers, and reflection questions that allow you to truly make room for God's work in your life, your community, and the world.

"Like a true artist, Bette offers us a colorful perspective of the unfolding redemptive plan of God through the arrival of Jesus. This offering is deep and fresh, personal and powerfully corporate. I've benefited greatly from the art and reflections in this beautiful collection for preaching, teaching, small groups, and personal devotion. I'm so grateful for this gift that deeply resonates with the depth of my own desire to know God and join in his kingdom come. This journey through Luke has invited me into a deep understanding and willingness to join God at work in this world."

Danielle Strickland, author, speaker, and justice advocate

"Bette is a deeply prayerful person with the hands of an artist, the heart of a pastor, and the soul of a prophet. She braids together biblical teaching, spiritual formation, and prophetic painting into experiences that are as beautiful as they are substantial. Now, through Making Room in Advent, Bette's ministry is widely available. What a gift!"

Lindsay Olesberg, author of The Bible Study Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to an Essential Practice

"I have long been an admirer of Bette Dickinson's soul-stirring, prophetic art. Her written reflections are equally stunning and evocative as she leads us into a prayerful journey through the birth narratives in Luke's Gospel. Written and painted with profound wisdom and insight, Making Room in Advent is an invitation for us to meditate on art, the Word, and the unfolding narratives of our own lives, individually and in community. There is so much to see and savor here."

Sharon Garlough Brown, author of Feathers of Hope and the Sensible Shoes series

"Making Room in Advent is a devotional that stays with you, moving readers to a deeper, personal connection to the Christmas story. Bette's beautiful words and personal guided prayers capture the heart, while her powerful art pieces engage the soul and imagination. This book is an incredibly unique pathway to experiencing and preparing for the Lord's birth. Bette is engaging, vulnerable, and pastoral as she presents readers with a challenge to see the Christmas story as our own."

Bri Johns, pastor and global collective director with Women Speakers Collective

"Making Room in Advent is an invitation to engage in that thin space of our souls where our heart and mind become one. Through breath prayers, Scripture engagement, and Bette's transcendent artwork, the reader is engaged with an immersive devotional unlike any other. This is transformational devotional reading because it creates that nexus between left and right brain, between our longing for beauty and for knowledge, and between our desire of being known and knowing our Creator!"

R. York Moore, national evangelist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and author of Making All Things New

"Indeed, there is no room. No room at the inn. No room in my soul. No room left in our world for God, given how much space is taken up by the traumas of our lives. But be of good cheer. For surely, Bette Dickinson has delivered unto us an offering of such beauty and goodness that we cannot help but allow it as much room as possible. With Making Room in Advent, our artist and guide creates images in color and word that open our eyes and hearts to the new creation that God longs for us to become. If spaciousness for God and the flourishing he promises is what you desire, I cannot think of a better place to start."

Curt Thompson, MD, author of The Soul of Desire and The Soul of Shame

"Bette's own desire to experience the fullness of God makes her the perfect guide to help us experience the wonder and beauty of Advent. Through her paintings and her prose, she leads us into a place of honest reflection, where we can once again marvel at a familiar story, while we also open our hearts to new revelations. I'm grateful for how Bette uses her gifts to help us encounter Jesus in fresh ways. May we all make room for him!"

Tammy Melchien, teaching pastor at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois

"Bette Dickinson's book Making Room in Advent is a welcome contemplative offering birthed from her own experiences. She offers artistic depth combined with theological breadth and personal application. From her paintbrush and her words, she presents twenty-five works of art, one for each portion of the story of when Creator called Mary to be the mother of Jesus. I am not often a reader of daily devotionals, but I was taken in from my first reading, not only by her paintings on canvas but by the way she paints words. As a storyteller myself, I got caught up in each day's story and found myself wanting more."

Terry M. Wildman, lead translator of the First Nations Version New Testament

"Bette Dickinson is an incredible artist and teacher. She brings together both of these gifts in this beautiful devotional to bring to life the story of Advent. I highly encourage you to take this journey with Bette, a journey where you will be challenged to make room for God and have your life changed forever."

Andrew Kim, teaching pastor at Kensington Church

"Profoundly deep and yet accessible, the devotions in this book are a sensory guide into experiencing the mystery and delight of a Father who is making room in us as he makes all things new within and around us. With grace, grit, and beautiful, God-inspired paintings and prose, Bette draws us into the heart of Jesus. May that experience lead us into true freedom and flourishing."

Amanda Bowman, director of church activation, World Vision US

Read an Excerpt


Introduction: Making Room

1. A Story
2. A Promise
3. Silence
4. Hunger
5. Solitude
6. Favor
7. Descent
8. Limits
9. Mystery
10. One Another
11. Humility
12. Your Song
13. Justice
14. Women
15. Prophets
16. God's Words
17. Salvation
18. Preparation
19. Labor
20. The Marginalized
21. Messengers
22. Wonder
23. Revelation
24. Worship
25. The Son of God



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IVP Author - Bette Dickinson

Bette Dickinson is a prophetic artist, writer, and speaker who invites audiences to connect with God through visual parables. Bette earned her MDiv through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and has worked with ministries like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, World Vision, Infinitum, and Kensington Church to awaken the soul through beauty and wonder.