Thursday, January 6, 2011

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancie Guthrie is a small Christmas devotional intended to be read during the month of December as a way to focus on the incarnation of Christ.  Every day has a short reading which can easily be read aloud in a few minutes.  Sometimes the reading for the day included a favorite Christmas song or a passage of Scripture appropriate to the holiday, or devotional thoughts.  Since it is so easy to get caught up in the "spirit of Christmas" without ever stopping long enough to meditate on the Christ of Christmas, this book was a welcome part of our holiday.  We just put it on the kitchen table and pulled it out at some point during the day when we were all eating together.  What an easy way to bring the family together just for a few moments in all the hurry of the season, to just - stop - and remember the One who gave Himself, the best present of all.
At the end of each day's reading, there are a few questions intended to start conversations.  These would be helpful in a family with school-age children - which does not describe us, but they were pretty interesting.  Probably my biggest critique was that it is not as family-friendly as it is marketed.  It was a nice devotional, but not particularly exciting if it is going to be used for the whole family.  4 out of 5 stars.  I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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