It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Advent! Starting the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Advent is the season of the church calendar that leads up to Christmas. More than merely a countdown to December 25, the season of Advent is a special time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and prepare your heart to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
Check out these Advent books and devotionals to help you embrace this sacred season!
The Wonder of the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
Ann Voskamp expands her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree with this beautiful keepsake that can be handed down and enjoyed for generations.
Each December, families can celebrate the coming of Jesus by opening the book to see a stunning 13-inch, three-dimensional Jesse Tree pop up from the page. At its foot are 25 doors, one for each day of Advent, which hide meaningful, beautifully detailed ornaments—including the Christmas star—that are ready to be hung on the tree.
The Wonder of Advent Devotional by Chris Tiegreen
This Advent, recapture the mystery and beauty of the season with The Wonder of Advent Devotional. In this insightful and thought-provoking book, beloved devotional author Chris Tiegreen brings you into a deeper experience of this integral time in the church calendar. After completing a week of short readings to prepare your heart for the Advent season, you’ll journey through December with daily Scripture readings, prompts for reflection, and guided prayer to help you savor this remarkable divine story. With each day, The Wonder of Advent Devotional will reconnect you with what happened in Bethlehem long ago—and experience it anew in your life right now.
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, and this Christmas, Ann will help readers celebrate the lineage and the majesty of God’s greatest gift—Jesus Christ. In what has already become a holiday classic, Voskamp reaches back into the pages of the Old Testament to explore the lineage of Jesus via the advent tradition of “The Jesse Tree.”
Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, The Greatest Gift retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day’s reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ.
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie
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 oftentimes 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 aspects of popular Christmas carols, and discussion questions to draw in your elementary through high school-aged kids, transforming this time together from a dry lecture into a treasured family experience.
Why the Nativity? by David Jeremiah
Every year, millions of people around the globe celebrate Christmas. But what does it all mean?
Why did God choose a young virgin named Mary and a simple carpenter named Joseph to bring his only Son into the world?
Why was the Son of God born in a lowly manger in a small town called Bethlehem?
Who was this infant named Jesus, the One prophecies foretold would save the world from sin and suffering?
And what does this nativity story mean for us today?
Drawing from both the Old and New Testaments, noted pastor and theologian David Jeremiah provides answers to 25 of the most thought-provoking questions surrounding the most pivotal moment in human history—the birth of Jesus Christ.
Interested in free Advent devotionals? Sign up here for Advent devotionals delivered straight to your email inbox every day throughout the Advent season!