I am sharing our favorite Advent books for 2020. The best Family Advent Devotional books, plus my favorite advent books for women.
What Is Advent?
Many understand that Advent is celebrated starting the fourth Sunday before Christmas, but what IS Advent?
Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.
The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.Source
Family Advent Devotional
Obviously, this can vary from person to person, so this list is a list of MY favorite family Advent devotional books for 2020, many can be done as a family, others can be done individually.
I would love to hear what your favorites are as well! Please comment below.
Favorite Online Advent Studies for Women
These are a few that I have done and always get so much out of them, they are new every year.
- First5 App | a free online app with daily, short devotions
- Proverbs 31 Ministries | online, daily email or app, also free
- Ann Voskamp | online, daily email, always so encouraging and fresh, free
- She Reads Truth | Daily online free devotional, App
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16 (the Message)
While you sit down to enjoy an advent adventure together, here are a few recipes you might enjoy:
- Bread and Butter Pot Roast | start in the morning, enjoy a simple tasty dinner
- Slow Cooker Butter Chicken | Another start in the afternoon, easy dinner
- Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya | this not spicy hot Jambalaya is a family favorite
- Make some classic cutout cookies (or try this Oatmeal variation) together and talk about one of the devotions while cutting out or decorating the cookies.
- Enjoy some festive Cranberry Spritzers by the fire
Whatever you do this Christmas, I hope you experience the HOPE, PEACE and JOY that the name Immanuel, God with us brings!