Many treasures lie hidden inside the small Advent devotional written by Nancy Guthrie entitled Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room. To discover daily readings that extend past Christmas Day to December 31st was a refreshing surprise that encouraged our family to reflect back on Christmas and focus on the year ahead.
Each devotional includes a prayer; discussion starters that have a range of questions appropriate for elementary, middle or high schoolers; and additional verses for future investigation. Nestled between the pages are eight Christmas carols, five of which include the story of their composer and composition; twelve pages entitled, "Remembering how God has prepared our hearts from year to year," and allowing space to record thoughts and questions; and the full Christmas story found in Matthew and Luke. There is an excellent lesson on getting and giving as well as a shift in focus from eagerly expecting Jesus' first coming up until December 25th to a focus on His second coming from the 26th to the 31st.
There are two small things that hold me back from giving this book 5 stars. The first may seem trivial and has nothing to do with content but is important. On the front and back covers are pictured small chalkboards with the title and a tag line written in chalk. However, on the chalkboard is a white pencil crayon. It just doesn't make sense. The second thing is found in the devotion for December 3rd. In the discussion about Jesus' ancestral line, it lists some ancestors with "tarnished reputations - like Judah, who was intimate with his daughter-in-law; Rahab, who was a Canaanite prostitute". While this is true, I do not feel it is appropriate for a devotional meant to include a younger audience. There were others in Jesus' family tree that could have been used to get the point across.
Those things aside, I found Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room to be a thoughtful Advent devotional that challenges us to keep Christ as our focus every day and one that our family will enjoy for many years to come.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
In her book Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, Nancy Guthrie has written daily family devotions to help you prepare for the Advent Season. These short devotions are designed to help you and your family to grow together spiritually and learn things about the Advent season that you may not have know before, as well as make memories. This book was well written and very informative. I would like to thank Tyndale House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.
This book was really great and helped in my goal of having a wonderful, rediscovering Christmas holiday. They girls loved all their few gifts, we read lots from the bible and did lots of christian crafts.
I'm glad I have this book in my Holiday book home library and know I'll be using this for every Christmas. I loved that this book was geared towards kids of all ages and the girls looked forward to the daily devotions and activities.
Thank you tyndale for allowing me to review this book
This is a nice little devotional to ring in the Christmas season with your family. It covers the whole month of
December (31 days). Each day has a main portion of reading with discussion starts to get the whole family sharing their thoughts. There are pages randomly placed in the book to write your families highlights so that they can be remembered in years to come. Also sporadically throughout the book are added Christmas songs to help spur on the discussion. This is a nice little family devotional and includes items for the young as well as the older ones in the family, wee ones or teens, or the seasoned (aged).
I copy of this book was provided by Tyndale for this review.