(Tampa, Florida, United States) – Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, the priest at the Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida, has written a book called Let All Creation Rejoice that seeks to tell the traditional Christmas story in a new way. In the book, readers will discover a series of short daily reflections on the scripture accounts of the Nativity and Epiphany, to be read during the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Readers will take a fascinating journey to the manger along with Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Magi. This thought-provoking version of the story will help readers think about the events surrounding Christ’s verse in a new way.
According to the author, most churches put great emphasis on spiritual preparation for Easter and for spiritual renewal to take place during Lent each spring. However, Advent is often overlooked as a period of spiritual renewal and spiritual preparation that takes place before Christmas each year. Advent has become a period of great stress when it should rival Lent as a period of spiritual growth. This book has daily reflections, where each will take no more than five minutes a day to read.
The author says, ““By reading this book, the reader will gain a better understanding of the “good news of a great joy” and why ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We routinely leave Christ out of Christmas. This book is a great way to leave the focus on Christ as we prepare for Christmas.”
Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis has served as a Greek Orthodox priest for nearly 20 years. In addition to his work at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, He also writes a daily inspiration called “The Prayer Team”. He grew up in Whittier, CA, where he earned a BA in History from Whittier College. He later earned an M.Div from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA..