Friday, January 14, 2011

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room


by Nancy Guthrie

Read the Back:

Draw nearer to God – and to each other – every day during Advent.

How many Christmas mornings have you found your family gathered around the tree with presents beautifully wrapped and a scrumptious feast on the table – but with hearts that have not been prepared to truly take in the wonder of God’s becoming human? Not this year.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, a family Advent devotional from Bible teacher and mom Nancy Guthrie, is designed to bring your family together during a season that is often too much about programs and presents and simply not enough about Jesus. Along with devotions for every day in December, this resource includes explanations of some hard-to-understand elements of popular Christmas carols and discussion questions that will draw your elementary through high school age kids into the conversation, transforming this time together from a dry lecture into a treasured family experience.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. The readings were short and sweet which is important when you have a 2 yr. old trying to listen to your words. I really enjoyed the interspersing of well known Christmas carols and the explanations of what some of the words mean within them. The discussion starters are great for adults, but are definitely not for young children. The prayers are meaningful and relate perfectly with what each reading is trying to get across. There is also a section within each days’ reading that guides the reader to other scriptures that reference the theme of the day. For example, on the day that is titled Eagerly Waiting the author gives the readers two scriptures that talk about “Waiting for Jesus to Return”. These particular scriptures are ones that I wouldn’t necessarily have found on my own (Titus 2:11-14 and 2 Timothy 4:8).

This beautiful hard cover edition would make a great gift for the holiday season and its compact size would mean it would mail well (cheaper than bulky gifts) so why not surprise a loved one next Christmas?

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