I love to read books by Jennifer Kennedy Dean so I searched for some devotional she might have written to give as a gift to each of my Sunday School class members. When I saw a book about Christmas, I thought it would be perfect for this time of year. And this book has not disappointed. Such insights! Such a way she has of taking the ordinary and pointing out the extraordinary. This book has certainly gotten my mind off Christmas trappings to put it where it belongs--on our glorious Lord and Savior. Members of my class have positive comments about this book also.
Unfortunately, I got mine a little late this year, even so, I LOVE this little book, and have bought several to give away to family and friends. I set my alarm 15 minutes early to spend some quality time feeding on the morning messages each day, and truly looked forward to what would be said to my heart. It was the first thing I read before my evening prayers. There is so much food for thought and challenges to see the truth about the Christ of Christmas. Some were beautifully written reminders, but MANY of the entries were things I had never thought about before. It "lived" on my nightstand until New Year's Day when I reluctantly put it away for next year.
If you want a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for Christmas, and Jesus, you will do yourself a favor to purchase one for yourself, and all your loved ones. It is a jewel!
This book helped me maintain my focus on Christ during Christmas this year. I am so grateful for Jennifer Kennedy Dean's unique perspectives and challenging devotions. I am buying copies for all the important women in my life so that next year we can read it together throughout the season. It was a great way to celebrate this Holy and Joyful season!