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Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Better December and Prepare HIm Room




Description
Know someone frazzled, sad, or lonely this Christmas? A Better December by Steve Estes applies Solomon’s Proverbs to holiday stresses. Playful and tiny, this illustrated work would be a good gift for your unbelieving friends as it gently introduces Jesus during a month when they are more receptive.
Combining true, heart-warming stories with pen-and-ink illustrations, the book uncovers and answers our December longings. Beginning with bite-sized chapters of Solomon's advice to frazzled, lonely people at Christmas, Steven Estes presents the ancient sage as penning his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers through holiday stress and even sadness. Meant to be shared with all who long for a better December, it points the way to true comfort and a true home.
Author

Steven D. Estes, MDiv, is the Senior Pastor at Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson, PA; a conference speaker; the author of Called to Die; and the coauthor with Joni Eareckson Tada of A Step Further and When God Weeps. He and his wife Verna have eight children.


What I Thought:


I used this devotional for my week of our devotional time and work, and my co-workers and I are really enjoying it.  The devotions really re-enforce the true meaning of the season.  The devotions are both witty and insightful and are giving my co-workers and I a lot of encouragement at this most hectic but joyous time of the year.  The little antidotes in the devotions have us chuckling, while at the same time they make a lot of sense and help you focus on the real reason for the season.








Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional




Description
Guide kids and their families into the heart of Christmas with this gospel-focused, four-week Advent curriculum. 
Prepare Him Room by children’s best-selling author Marty Machowski takes a biblical, theological approach to the Old Testament promises and New Testament fulfillment in Christ in a way kids can understand.
With age-appropriate instruction and activities for three different learning levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary—Prepare Him Room builds gospel hope and enduring theological depth into each child’s celebration of Christmas.
Prepare Him Room is a tool for families hoping to focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will find a whole Christmas story—from the prophecies concerning Jesus to his birth, death, and resurrection; culminating in the return of Jesus.
Readers will have the resources necessary to counter the commercialism, materialism, and sentimentalism our culture celebrates each Christmas.
Four weekly lessons feature a New Testament Bible story, a look at Old Testament promises, an object lesson, a craft, a coloring page, and a Christmas carol to sing together.
Prepare Him Room will change the way kids and families at your church celebrate Christmas. The corresponding curriculum Prepare Him Room is sold separately. Challenge your family to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Author
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for thirty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series including The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, and The Ology. He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


What I Thought:


This devotional is geared for families with activities and also devotions that help you prepare for and participate in the Advent season.  My son is a teenager, and while he listened, I think it would benefit younger children more.  The devotions are helpful for this time of year and go along with the gospel.  The activities while fun, are geared for younger children, as my teen thought he was "too cool" for some of it.  Still a great family devotion for this time or year.


***I received complimentary copies of both books.  Pictures, blurs, and author info from New Growth Press Website.



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