Friday, December 5, 2014

Time to slow down

Advent has begun. And it's a good thing. Because it's time to just slow down. The holiday season is defined by a dizzying flurry of activity. I am relieved and thankful for Advent, for the chance to slow our pace and reflect on the true reason we celebrate this season.

One effective way we do this in our family is by reading Advent books. It's a purposeful way to put a choke-hold on our busy calendar. We have our favorite titles from past years, as well as newly discovered ones. Below is our list:

Arnold Ytreeide books: (My suggestion is age 7 and up. Allow yourself adequate time for reading, as these can take about a half hour daily. Also implements the use of an Advent wreath and candles.)
Jotham's Journey 
Tabitha's Travels
Bartholomew's Passage
Amon's Adventure (for Easter)

Which Way is Christmas? (My suggestion is age 10 and under. Quick reading, about 10-15min./day.)

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp (My suggestion is age 8 and up. Short, but thoughtful reading, about 15-20min./day.)
This book also offers the option of doing a "Jesse Tree" for which the reader can access a free download (code for access is in the book) of each of the 25 ornaments highlighting the Biblical story.

I also stumbled across these two resources for Advent books, but have yet to check out the titles myself:
My Top 5 Books on Advent by Paul-Gordon Chandler
Good News of Great Joy - Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

What are your favorite Advent books and traditions, dear readers? I'd love to hear them! For the next several weeks, my prayer is that we would go slow and be struck by the wonder of God's love.

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