Book Review: Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration

Rating: ★★★★☆

In this collection of Advent devotionals, four prominent Christian leaders each contribute a devotional to use for the four Sundays of Advent. On the other days you simply read a well-chosen scripture selection taken from the King James Version and the New International Version of 1973. Each verse builds on the last, beginning with prophesies about the Messiah in the Old Testament, proceeding through the Gospel accounts of Jesus and one description of him in Colossians, and finishing with his promised triumph in Revelation.

The Sunday devotionals consist of a scripture passage, a familiar song to sing together, a two- or three-page essay, a family activity, and a closing prayer. The essays, especially the first two, seem geared more toward adults and teens than children, and the activities are rather time-consuming, so it may be better to just read the essay ahead of time to shape your own discussion.

If you like the versions of the Bible used, on most days this book provides a low-effort, off-the-shelf reading to focus your attention on Christ. The Sunday devotionals require some preparation and thought, especially if you want to contextualize the essays so your particular age group can understand them. If you have a mix of teens and younger children, this book could make a nice bridge, providing mature discussion for those who are old enough for it, and a hands-on activity to engage the younger kids.

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Publication Information: Dobson, James. Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration. Swindoll, Charles R.. Boice, James Montgomery, Sproul, R.C.. NavPress. 1989. ISBN: 0891096051.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 08-12
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Posted on November 29, 2014

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