Inside: A roundup of recommended Christmas & Advent resources for individuals and families.
Christmas is near, and I know it will be on the mind of many of you to find a good devotional for your own personal use or one to read together as a family. You may even enjoy giving them as a gift during the Christmas season.
If you’d like more advent resources, check out Celebrating Advent: Looking Back and Looking Forward – A List of Resources for the Whole Family here at the blog.
Below are a mix of devotionals our family has used and some new to us this year. As always, please leave your favorites with us in the comments too.
Christmas & Advent Devotionals:
I’ve recently chosen this as my current read for the Christmas season and am excited to start. The devotions, edited from R.C. Sproul’s talks, each focus on a keyword from the Christmas story. Each devotion is accompanied by prayers from authors such as Tim Challies, Sinclair Ferguson, and Joni Eareckson Tada.
Sinclair Ferguson is one of my favorites to turn to in any season, but his Advent devotionals are ones to put on your list if you haven’t read them yet. You can use them with the whole family too.
Joy to the World: Daily Readings for Advent by Charles Spurgeon is sitting next to my reading chair this year.
Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul David Tripp – I picked this one up in 2017, and it still gets read during Christmas.
Tim Chester has three Advent Devotionals that have 24 devotional readings and ideas for reflection, prayer, and meditation. The One True Story: Daily Readings for Advent from Genesis to Jesus, The One True Gift: Daily Readings for Advent to Encourage and Inspire, and The One True Light: Daily Advent Readings from the Gospel of John.
John Piper has two that are also free at Desiring God in a PDF download (the PDFs are linked here: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy and Good News of Great Joy) and they are ones you’ll return to again and again. If you’d like to purchase a physical copy, click the links below. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent and Good News of Great Joy: 25 Devotional Readings for Advent.
Children & Families:
The God of Amazing Gifts: Family Devotions For Advent (Christmas devotional to help the whole family get excited about God’s greatest gift – Jesus) by Lizzie Laferton – I picked up this one this year for my daughter and her family.
Barbara Reaoch has two books out that are both great for family devotions: A Jesus Christmas: Explore God’s Amazing Plan for Christmas (An Interactive Family Advent Devotional Complete with Parent Guide, Discussion Questions, Activities, and Space for Journaling) and A Better Than Anything Christmas: Explore How Jesus Makes Christmas Better (An Interactive Family Advent Devotional Complete with Parent Guide, Activities, and Space for Journaling)
Marty Machowski is a favorite in our home to read to our grandkids, and his advent books will be ones all ages in your family will enjoy. Check out Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional and The Light Before Christmas: A Family Advent Devotional
Ed Drew’s The Adventure of Christmas: 25 Simple Family Devotions for December (An Easy-to-Use Family Advent Devotional) had great reviews.
Christmas Hymn Devotionals:
Spending more time in the Christmas Carols of the season is something I’d love to do as a family, and David & Barbara Leeman’s Hosanna in Excelsis: Hymns and Devotions for the Christmas Season looks like a helpful resource to do just that.
Brightest and Best: 31 Advent Devotions on Jesus by Philippa Wilson is built around well-loved Christmas carols.
Leland Ryken has a beautiful book on favorite hymns covering the whole year. It’s a great year round resource to have on hand – 40 Favorite Hymns for the Christian Year: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning