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5 Stars Out Of 5
December 15, 2010
My family is using Advent Foretold this year for the first time. We all love it! I have 3 boys ages 4, 8 and 12 and they are participating and learning so many wonderful things. What a blessing to celebrate Advent and focus on all the promises the Lord has fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Our family's search for a Christian alternative to a secular society's celebration of Christmas ended here in 1998. We never looked back. This in-depth, yet easy to use study has become our family tradition. Our three-ring binder holds eleven years of beautiful, multidimentional memories. We added an advent wreath with candles that were lit by a different child each evening. Over the years, each child colored a picture that goes with each study (some turned into full blown art projects). I added personal journal pages on notebook paper, when time allowed. We tried to have a simple dessert each evening. We sang the hymns together. All were stuffed into this ring binder that will hopefully become the first generation of a more Christ centered family Christmas heritage. Most importantly, we all have a clear understanding of the prophecy of Christ and the fulfillment of Christ. That is what Christmas is about, isn't it?
We spent a long time looking for an advent devotional. Something to read each night through the advent season, that would be more than just an "inspirational" reading - something that would challenge us and be significant. We've loved this, and the only negative is a large number of typos and other silly mistakes that an editor should have caught. Content wise, it's probably the best thing out there. I'd give it fewer stars because of this, but as far as advent material goes, nothing else we've seen comes even close.
I can't remember when we started using this devotional, but it's something I always associate with adolescence. Coming back to it now, at 29 even without kids I have to say it holds out very well. I so appreciate how they walk through all the prophecies before getting into the parts of the story we probably know best. On top of that, it's a wonderful, month-long journey through the core of the Biblical story and the gospel. Highly recommended.