Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional  -     By: Asheritah Ciuciu
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Treat your family to the ultimate gift this Christmas as you "unwrap" the meaning-filled name of Jesus, week by week! Ciuciu leads parents and children through the four weeks of Advent with weekly interactive devotional activities, each followed by five readings celebrating the Savior at the heart of our hope, preparation, joy, and love. 128 hardcover from Moody.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 X 0.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0802416721
ISBN-13: 9780802416728

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How to focus on Christ during Advent

Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him. Why is this? Partly because we don’t know how.

In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week:

  • Begins with an interactive family devotional that equips readers to celebrate Advent together
  • Offers five daily reflections that focus on that week's name of Jesus
  • Includes suggestions for fun-filled family activities or service projects 

This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. Either way, participants will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is.

By focusing on the person and character of Jesus throughout the Advent season, readers will prepare their hearts so that when they admire the live nativity, sit in the candlelight service, or wake up on Christian morning, they can join the faithful who sing from the bottom of their hearts, "O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"

Author Bio

ASHERITAH CIUCIU is an author, speaker, and blogger. She grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and studied English and Women's Ministry at Cedarville University in Ohio. Her passion is helping women find joy in Jesus through a deeper walk with God, and she shares personal stories and practical tips on www.OneThingAlone.com. She's also a regular contributor to FortheFamily.org and Ungrind.com. Asheritah is married to Flaviu and together they raise their spunky children in northeast Ohio.

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  1. By Quiet Waters
    Front Range Colorado
    Age: 45-54
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thankful for the simplicity of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus.
    January 18, 2018
    By Quiet Waters
    Front Range Colorado
    Age: 45-54
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    A couple of years ago I received, in ebook form, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu. This advent devotion is so good, and I am thrilled to have a hardback print copy of the book now.

    The table of contents is divided by weeks and days, rather than by chapters, in keeping with the rhythm of Advent observance. And there are activities for each week. One thing I love about this devotion is that each item, while quite simple, is deeply satisfying or stirring. Depending on where the reader is in their own journey, one can take the devotions simply, or dig deeper. I find the Christmas season can be very hectic and over stimulating, so I am particularly thankful for the simplicity of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus.

    Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is an advent devotion, but dont let that limit you! I am keeping this book in the short stack with my Bible. Each devotion is short, but steeped in rich exposition of Biblical passages. There are more Scriptures listed for each devotion, for deeper study. Once a week or so, I will be pulling this book off the stack to continue reading and pondering the character of Jesus through His names, through the winter months.

    For some years now, Ive read the authors blog, One Thing Alone, and greatly appreciate Asheritahs love for Gods Word and His people.

    This copy of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus was sent to my by Moody Publishing in exchange for this review.
  2. Thistle
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Prepping For Christmas
    January 6, 2018
    Thistle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The title and cover of this book are so perfect, aren't they? Inviting and festive, focused on the Christ-Child. I really wanted to love this book. I wanted it to 'wow' me, to teach me something I didn't already know. But it didn't, and I was disappointed. I still love the cover and the theme, but the wow factor was not there.

    And I think I know why.

    The intended use for Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is as a daily devotional for the four weeks of advent celebrated in a family group, with Bible readings and discussion and activities. Each day presents a challenge, prayer and Bible passages for further study.

    The book covers a different theme every week in addition to five names of Jesus. It provides a repetitive pattern for worship rather than presenting the person of Christ. Perhaps I was looking for something other than what is offered. It is full of information and suggestions unrelated to the names of Jesus. I didn't get the connection.

    I would love to use the book with a group of young children and see where it takes them. I would love to study the names of Jesus in more depth. I would love to be more familiar with the names and what they say about His person. These are the desires I had before reading the book.

    Next year I would like to take one name per week, rather than a different one every day. Maybe use the four weeks over a four year period and go deeper.

    The author asked on social media what our favorite name of Jesus is? Mine is Immanuel, God with us. When I truly consider that God's Son left His Father in heaven to dwell among us, I lose sight of the holiday we celebrate in December because so much of what we do has nothing to do with Immanuel.

    The more I ponder who Jesus was in the flesh, and the lack of response in most of mankind, the less need I see for the celebration of advent. The focus shifts to His death and resurrection, and the coming events when He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.

    My intent is not to discourage you from using this book, but in providing further food for thought in its use. I received my copy of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I also wish to note that my theology is in line with the author's, if Cedarville and Clarks Summit still agree on the authority of the Bible.
  3. Living Boldly
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Beautiful Devotional Celebrating the Heart of Christmas
    December 20, 2017
    Living Boldly
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional, is a wonderful book to read and share, celebrating the Advent season. This book invites readers to worship and meditate on many of Jesus' names in scripture, names that describe His character, His purpose, and His personhood. What a beautiful way to fully focus on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and honor Him with praise, worship and adoration. Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is a resource for knowing Jesus in a deeper, more intimate way. Asheritah Ciuciu has written a book that will become a cherished part of Advent traditions and Christmas celebrations.

    I very highly recommend Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional. Full of scriptures, prayers and activities, this devotional is great for individuals and families. The truths within its pages will linger in our hearts far beyond the Christmas season.

    *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
  4. Trisha
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    such a great book. so loved.
    December 20, 2017
    Trisha
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    unwrapping the names of Jesus, an advent devotional by Asheritah Ciuciu. This devotional consists of 4 weeks of devotions over a course of 5 days each week. Each devotional showing us the names of Jesus. There is such a sense of power and presence when reading through these. My heart felt so full. It was just what I needed for this Christmas season. Id have to say my absolute favourite was the devotion titled ajesus is the Prince of Peace. Who doesnt need that over the business of the Christmas season? Or for a lifetime! It hit so close to home. This devotional is short enough that its great for the whole family, yet deep enough that all will be fed well reading through it. Knowing and learning the names of Jesus is so important. I love everything about this book. It is so well done.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review!
  5. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful family Advent devotional
    December 9, 2017
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are you looking for a perfect Advent book for yourself or for your family? Look no further!!! This book needs to be in your possession, for sure.

    First of all, whoever designed this cover should be given many thanks. They did a fantastic job! As soon as I got it, I couldn't wait to see what was inside. It was a book that I looked at and got excited about everytime I took it off the counter. It may be one of the most beautiful covers I've seen in a long time.

    The beauty doesn't stop there. In fact, so much beauty is found within. The pages are a nicer paper that fits with the cover so well. It reminds me, as I turn the pages, that this is a book to be enjoyed year after year and not just a one-time thing.

    Of course the most beautiful part of the book can be found at the top of the pages...the different names of Jesus. When I first got it, I was going to just use this book for myself. However, I quickly vetoed that idea after the first name and decided it was going to be used as our family Advent book. Then I recommended it out for many to get because it was just that good.

    As a family Advent devotional, it does have some bigger words for little kids. My kids are 2, 7, and 9 but they go to Bible Study Fellowship where many of these things have been talked about and studied. Because of that, we had such deep conversations over the names of Jesus. My favorite thing was the questions I could ask them at the end that were heart questions. I got a lot of deep answers from them, which was exciting. Well, I should clarify that my 2-year-old would say Jesus' name but then would be up and down and all around, so it wasn't perfect...it was real. But the other two kids really enjoyed the devotions.

    We use an Advent candle and my favorite part were the pages about the different candles and why we light them. It has some readings to go along with it, which my kids enjoyed taking turns reading.

    I found this to be a very family-friendly book that was biblical. It has definitely prepared our hearts for Christmas Day and for Jesus. How wonderful to hear the names of Jesus and to study them right before Christmas.

    This is the second book I have read by Asheritah Circiu and I have found her to be a wise woman who stands on biblical principles. Her book, Full, was wonderfully written about the struggles we have with food. Now she has come out with the perfect Advent book and I saw that she has a Bible Study coming out soon, as well. I'm curious to see what that will look like!

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    I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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