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Brewing Wisdom was given a complimentary copy of An Advent Devotional-Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu from the Moody Publishers Newsroom for us to review.
How to focus on Christ during Advent
Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him. Why is this? Partly because we don’t know how.
In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week:
- Begins with an interactive family devotional that equips readers to celebrate Advent together
- Offers five daily reflections that focus on that week’s name of Jesus
- Includes suggestions for fun-filled family activities or service projects
This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. Either way, participants will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is.
By focusing on the person and character of Jesus throughout the Advent season, readers will prepare their hearts so that when they admire the live nativity, sit in the candlelight service, or wake up on Christian morning, they can join the faithful who sing from the bottom of their hearts, “O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
The first time I have ever heard of Advent was about eight years ago at our church. This year, I have been hearing the term pop up more and more which sparked some curiosity on the subject. I wanted to learn more about the importance of this tradition celebrated this time of year.
In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah starts off her introduction with something I believe every reader can relate to.
“We spend much of the holiday season creating our own little winter wonderlands: cookies and cards, lights and decorations, carols and get-togethers. But what exactly are we doing to prepare spiritually? Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet few of our calendars would reflect that priority.” (pg.10)
How true is this? This time of the year, everyone is being influenced by the television commercials, social media, and even our family and friends to keep up with the latest and have the picture-perfect Christmas. Everything seems to pile up so quickly that we lose sight of why we are celebrating this Holiday season in the first place.
To help put our focus back on Jesus, Asheritah has created this devotional to not only help us read about the importance of Advent on this holiday season but to help us learn more about who Jesus is by making this book centered and focused on who He is. Throughout the book, Asheritah has provided daily readings and weekly activities that take readers through the various names of Jesus presented in Scripture and reminds them of who Jesus is and the importance of what He has done for those who trust in Him for salvation.
This book is so beautifully written and designed. Each daily reading is Christ-centered and filled with scripture readings to get you digging deeper into the word. Personally, I think this is wonderful because the reading of God’s holy word is being so neglected in today’s word with all the distractions we have. These scriptures not only help you learn more about Jesus, but they also bring you comfort and encouragement during this very busy time of year.
This book can be used not only as a book on Advent but would make an excellent book for a bible study to learn more about our Savior.
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I highly recommend Unwrapping the Names of Jesus and look forward to reading it annually with my family on December mornings.