First of all, whoever designed this cover should be given many thanks. They did a fantastic job! As soon as I got it, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. It was a book that I looked at and got excited about everytime I took it off the counter. It may be one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a long time.
The beauty doesn’t stop there. In fact, so much beauty is found within. The pages are a nicer paper that fits with the cover so well. It reminds me, as I turn the pages, that this is a book to be enjoyed year after year and not just a one-time thing.
Of course the most beautiful part of the book can be found at the top of the pages…the different names of Jesus. When I first got it, I was going to just use this book for myself. However, I quickly vetoed that idea after the first name and decided it was going to be used as our family Advent book. Then I recommended it out for many to get because it was just that good.
As a family Advent devotional, it does have some bigger words for little kids. My kids are 2, 7, and 9 but they go to Bible Study Fellowship where many of these things have been talked about and studied. Because of that, we had such deep conversations over the names of Jesus. My favorite thing was the questions I could ask them at the end that were heart questions. I got a lot of deep answers from them, which was exciting. Well, I should clarify that my 2-year-old would say Jesus’ name but then would be up and down and all around, so it wasn’t perfect…it was real. But the other two kids really enjoyed the devotions.
We use an Advent candle and my favorite part were the pages about the different candles and why we light them. It has some readings to go along with it, which my kids enjoyed taking turns reading.
I found this to be a very family-friendly book that was biblical. It has definitely prepared our hearts for Christmas Day and for Jesus. How wonderful to hear the names of Jesus and to study them right before Christmas.
This is the second book I have read by Asheritah Circiu and I have found her to be a wise woman who stands on biblical principles. Her book, Full, was wonderfully written about the struggles we have with food. Now she has come out with the perfect Advent book and I saw that she has a Bible Study coming out soon, as well. I’m curious to see what that will look like!
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.