Preparing Room

A Collection of Scriptures, Meditations and Prayers

“Advent is the season where we turn once again to the beginning of the Christian story as it centers on Jesus. The pieces of this story come together not from one set of hands, but  many – and they are not of one texture, but many. In these pages, I hope to offer several gifts: Scriptures key to telling the story, a brief meditation, an avenue for “preparing room”  and a prayer. This collection is designed to carry one through the season of Advent.”
– From the Introduction of Preparing Room

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What People Are Saying

“Russ Levenson wants faith to connect to living. His Lent book was a tour de force – connected and powerful. I am sure that anyone reading and using this Advent book will find  their walk a little bit closer to Jesus – the one we anticipate this season.”
– The Very Reverend Dr. Ian Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary

“This new book of his, Preparing Room, because it is packed full of powerful Scriptures, prayers and teachings, has already impacted my life at my first reading! Great teaching is  added to the scripture. The prayers are life-giving. God’s hand was on Russell’s as this was written. I believe that firmly.”
– Lani Netter, President, Lani Netter Productions and Co-Producer, with her husband, Academy Award Winning Producer Gil Netter, on the film The Shack, based on the best-selling book

“Preparing Room is an important resource for Advent with its practical, realistic, and live-giving assurance of God’s Grace for all through the gift of the world of Jesus Christ.”
– Dr. Neal R. Berte, President Emeritus, Birmingham Southern College

“Dr. Levenson is not only insightful and wise, but also humorous. He presents a realistic approach to biblical stories that other people often ‘dress up’ or sugarcoat. I highly  recommend this book that provided both a compelling challenge and comfort for our benefit, while bidding us to open our hearts and lives to God.”
– Ann Claypool Beard, LCSW, Editor of “The First to Follow: The Apostles of Jesus,” compiled from recordings by her late husband, the Rev. Dr. John Claypool, beloved Episcopal priest and author