It’s the 2nd day of Advent! What are you reading?? ‘Tis the season for Dickens’ classics, yuletide carols, Christmas novels, and advent devotionals.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I encourage you to take a few minutes out of each day and read from this week’s recommended book; whether it is just you, you and your spouse, or your entire town, you will greatly benefit from adding this book to your 2018 holiday reading. If you are still looking for an advent devotional, but you’re worrying it is too late to start, fear not! It’s never too late!
Last year my wife and I read through it and it has been my favorite advent book yet! Paul David Tripp wrote this wonderful book with 31 devotions for the whole family called “Come Let Us Adore Him.”
Visit your local Lifeway or other book store to pick one up. Click the link above for more information and how to order one online. (Or click here to read an excerpt!)
It is never too late to start and each day’s readings are not too long and help you refocus on the awesomeness of this holiday season and why it is so incredible. I absolutely love Christmas and this little book helped me daily refocus on the true meaning of Christmas and reminded me that the good news celebrated in December is actually year-round good news!
Here is a brief excerpt… from the excerpt… in hopes that you will also be captivated by the grace of Jesus and reminded of the wonder of Christmas:
“…It is good to be familiar-Paul David Tripp
with the story of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It means that God
has met you by grace. It means that he has opened the eyes of
your heart to what, without him, you would not see or understand.
He has drawn you close to his side. He has pulled back
the curtain and shown you the deep mysteries of his redeeming
plan. He has blessed you with the presence of his Spirit,
who continues to illumine his truth for you. You are familiar
with the story of the gospel of Jesus Christ because the love
of God has been lavished on you.
But familiarity often does bad things to us. Often when
we become familiar with things, we begin to take them for
granted. When we are familiar with things, we tend to quit
examining them. Often when we are familiar with things,
we quit noticing them. When we are familiar with things, we
tend not to celebrate them as we once did. Familiarity tends
to rob us of our wonder. And here’s what’s important about
this: what has captured the wonder of our hearts will control
the way we live…”
I hope you have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and an Awe-Filled Advent!
Btw, in case you were wondering, my wife and I are currently reading through a new advent book, which I also highly recommend (though probably not both at the same time) is “Love Came Down at Christmas” by Sinclair Ferguson. It is a walk-through 1 Corinthians 13 and how true love is displayed in the birth of our Savior. After 2 days, we have loved it as well. 🙂
Please comment below your favorite Christmas books and what some of your favorite books / traditions have been in the past!