Three Advent devotionals to increase your joy this December

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By Alice Clarke

December hits, and life gets busy. All the shopping, decorating, cooking, wrapping, and parties keep me active for the entire month (and more). I love it all, but it can be distracting from the reality of Christmas.

Celebrating Advent is a great way to connect to the Christmas story. It’s a season of waiting, where we remember the prophets of the Old Testament waiting for the Messiah, and to the reality that we’re still waiting for so many of God’s promises to be fulfilled and for Jesus’ return.

Here are three great books to help you find joy as you ground your Christmas season in connection with God.

Come And Behold Him: Advent Devotional

by Brian Simmonds, Passion Translation

The Passion Translation has captured hearts with its fresh use of language and expression. In Come and Behold Him, scriptures relating to advent work alongside devotionals that can be done alone, with family, or with a group. There’s space at the back of the book for your reflections and notes.

Available at Attwell Books, Catch The Fire Toronto.

Joy Upon Joy: An Advent Devotional

By Charles Spurgeon

This compilation of Charles Spurgeon’s devotionals is specifically designed to cut through the busyness of the Christmas season. There are short devotions for the morning and evening in the whole month of December, including scripture verses and space for journaling and reflection after each devotional.

Available at Attwell Books, Catch The Fire Toronto.

Let There Be Joy: Christmas Devotional

By Carol McLeod

This book helps you return to joy this Christmas with 25 days of devotionals and Bible reading suggestions. The reflection questions each day make it a good option for a devotional as a small group or family.

Available at Attwell Books, Catch The Fire Toronto.


Anita Wing Lee