Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.
In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.
Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.
In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.
GENRE: Christian Non-fiction, Devotional
PUBLISHER: Abingdon Press
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2017
“…I often got so caught up in the activity of Christmas that I had no time to spend with the God we celebrate.”
I was hooked on this little-but-meaningful devotional right from the introduction. In the first 2 pages, Spoelstra briefly examines the characteristics of the biblical celebrations God initiated. As she says, “He loves a good party!” She noticed three elements common to these festivities – ritual, relationships, and rest – and therefore has divided Total Christmas Makeover into those three sections. I don’t know about y’all but I’m tempted to skip ahead to the section on ‘rest’ (Ummm, confession: I did.)
Each day’s reading is also divided into three sections – a devotional reading, questions for reflection and some practical suggestions for application. The readings are centered on Scripture, as well as being personal and engaging. The reflection questions give us the chance to pause even further and examine our own hearts and the way we ‘do’ Christmas. The ‘practical approach’ section varies in length but has thoughtful and accessible suggestions to make this Christmas the most meaningful (and restful) holiday we’ve ever had.
Bottom Line: Total Christmas Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra is the perfect choice to keep us focused on the Reason for the Christmas season. With short devotions and thought-provoking questions & applications, Spoelstra reminds us to remember what God has done for us through ritual, invest in our relationships even through the busyness of the holidays, and be intentional about rest. This is a book I will re-read every Christmas to recenter myself on what matters most.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Love it!
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Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God’s Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree,” “Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness,” and “Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible” studies and “Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home” book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.
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What about you? What is a favorite Christmas tradition your family likes to do every year?