The Beautiful Word For Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart is a small hard back book with illustrated NIV Bible verses and devotions. This book is published by Zondervan. It includes 23 Bible passages illustrated in full color, 31 devotions that are specifically written for the Christmas season and activities to put the devotions into motion and action.
The stories were very short and simple, some were relatable, others were not at all, mostly because there wasn’t much room for character development or our family is in a completely different place or life situation. I’ve struggled a lot with knowing how to handle all of the consumerism and commercialism involved in Christmas as a Christian.
I thought this book was pretty and I had high hopes that it might be a great book for me, personally, to go through during advent (while I did more child-like activities with the kids). I felt like this book did give me some ideas and good practices, but I longed for a little more depth and personal connection. The scripture, specific questions at the end of the devotion and activity suggestions were helpful.
This is a nice book. I’m not sure it will be a yearly advent tradition for me, but it gave me a few practices of rest that I hope to keep up through the stressful season. What joy does your heart long for this season?
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