Christmas/Advent Resources

Here is a list of the books that I am utilizing for the devotions and ideas that will be posted this December. The first three books were bought through Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown Pennsylvania. A few years ago I stumbled across one of Byron Borger’s BookNotes, a monthly newsletter that he writes, and was greatly blessed by his care and insight.

Since then I have tried to utilize them and Byron gives great service in helping locate just the right book. Try them out in the link above. The website isn’t a two click process, but I have been using them for several years and have never had any issues. They ship quickly and will have your book(s) to you in just a few days. Sure, you can find all of these on the Great River, but you won’t get what the Borger family gives in their care and service.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: A Christmas Collection: Stories, Songs, and Reflections for the Advent Season | Sally Lloyd-Jones This book is the one I am most excited about for our younger kids. It has very short daily readings in the back of the book, but that’s just the extra icing for decorations. The book has the Christmas Story enhanced by various songs, readings, and insights into the time of Jesus’ birth. These enhancements are available via push button which is great for kids to be able to learn on their own. It’s an awesome book.

Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas: 100 Ways to Make the Season Sacred | Traci Smith This book is way out of my league. 100 Ways! I am not crafty. I am not excited about ‘events’ or the type of things that this book promotes. I am, however, excited about Jesus’ birth and this book gives great tips on keeping that reality a central focus. If you like family traditions, or need to create new traditions while reminding yourself of the purpose of those traditions you really should check this book out. It will be a book that you use yearly. In fact, the author, Traci Smith, recommends keeping it with your Christmas decorations for the reminder of its purpose.

Approaching Christmas | Jane Williams I’m just getting started in this book but I have already been reminded of the sacredness of Christmas. The busyness has it’s place, but the time is sacred. When this truth permeates our hearts and minds we will find ourselves resting even in the busiest of times.

Published by Daniel M Harding

Husband, father, associate pastor.

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