The Advent season is the season where Christians prepare for Christmas. During this time many choose to look inward and prepare their heart for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Here are three of my favorite devotional books to read during the Advent season.
The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas
Written by Beth A. Richardson, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas is a wonderful book for adults to read during the Advent season. The book contains weekly readings for the weeks leading up to Christmas, and daily readings from Christmas Eve until January 6th. Each reading includes a quotation, scripture passage, reflection, and prayer. Each reading helps Christians to prepare their heart for Christmas, and to help them keep God as their focus during the Advent season. While the book can be read individually it can also be used in a small group setting, as the second half of the book contains a group study guide for group leaders.
What Do You Want For Christmas? An Advent Study For Adults
Like The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas, What Do You Want For Christmas?: An Advent Study for Adults is written for use as either as an individual or in a small group situation, such as a Sunday School class. Written by James W. Moore the book contains a lesson for each of the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Each lesson in the book contains a key passage of scripture, a brief reflection on the scripture, a brief prayer, and a focus for your upcoming week.
Christ in the Carols: Thirty-one Devotionals for Christmas and Advent
A different type of devotional Christ in the Carols:Thirty-one Devotionals for Christmas and Advent is written by Christopher and Melodie Lane. The book takes an in-depth look at thirty-one of the most beloved Christmas carols. Each song is dealt with in it’s own chapter, and each chapter is approximately five pages long and contains the lyrics to each song, a short history or explanation of the song that highlights the theological points discussed in the song, along with several scriptural passages that fit well with it, and then a prayer. The book does not really emphasize the carols themselves or even how the author came up with or wrote the carols but the emphasis is really about finding Christ in them along with how beautifully his birth is expressed in each of them.