Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Celebrating Advent: A Book Review

About The Book:

Help focus your family on what really matters at Christmastime

If you ask kids what Christmas is about, you'll get a variety of answers. Presents, decorating, presents, Santa Claus, presents, carols . . . presents. Few will say anything about Christ. How would your kids answer that question?

In a culture obsessed with material things, it can be difficult to help our kids understand and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. In Celebrating Advent, author Ann Hibbard has created a way for parents to set aside a daily time during Advent to talk with their kids about the spiritual meaning of the season.

Learn practical steps you can take to make Christmas a more meaningful, happy experience for your family. Inspiring and creative family devotions provide a moment of peace and reflection for each evening of Advent, while fun and inexpensive project ideas help you focus your kids' attention on what really matters at Christmas: Christ.

About The Author:

Ann Hibbard is a Bible study teacher and the author of several books, including Family Celebrations: Meeting Christ in Your Holidays and Special Occasions. She resides in Virginia with her husband.

My Review:

Although this book review is coming a few days into the Advent season it is one that I cannot recommend enough.  Christmas is still 18 days away, so you and your family will still be able to enjoy this book, and learn from it as you celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The book is made up of two years of liturgy devotions and activities for all ages. There is scripture readings, discussion questions, songs to sing and each day you will be able to hang an ornament on your own Jesse Tree. I love the idea of a Jesse Tree and I want to do one with my family next year. We have already started our Advent activity for this year, but there are definitely pieces of Celebrating Advent that I am going to incorporate this year as well. 

Overall a very well written, well organized and easy to use and implement book that will be part of my Christmas/Advent celebrations for years to come.

I believe Celebrating Advent would be a fantastic resource for any family, Christian educator and homeschooling family.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Celebrating Advent at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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