** Giveaway winner has been announced over on Instagram. @jolarcs please contact me to claim your prize! Huge thanks to everyone who took part! ***
Since January, I've been working my way through the books of the Bible chronologically with a group of friends from church. It's been incredibly helpful to see the context of each narrative, to understand the bigger picture - and to have some accountability along the way! Right now, we're diving into 1 Kings, and it's fascinating to see Jesus shining through the pages of Old Testament Scripture. I have loved digging into some of the Old Testament narratives and getting to know him better in books some might not even expect to find him!
I am a bit of a traditionalist though - when it comes to December, I like to have my nose in the Christmas Story!
For the past few years, I've enjoyed an advent devotional... a little book of daily readings to help me get my head in the right space in the run up to Christmas. It can be such an overwhelming season - gifts to buy, events to attend, guests to host... more than any other season of the year, more than any other month, December has the potential to send my brain into a crazy frenzy of overdrive, and my quiet times with the Lord into oblivion.
And so when my lovely blogger friend, Lucy, asked me to review her advent devotional book, and offered a copy for me to giveaway - I knew I had to say yes!
And I'm so glad I did!
Lucy's book - "Redeeming Advent" is short, snappy and accessible without loosing any of the depth you would hope for it. The book is divided into 24 Advent readings, and into four main themes of redemption - redeeming our homes, redeeming our Christmas, redeeming our hearts and redeeming our communities. Each chapter takes less that 5 minutes to read, and is fun and accessible in style. But don't be fooled into thinking that Lucy's engaging writing style means the chapters aren't deeply challenging (the chapter on hospitality alone had me wriggling in my seat!)
Lucy doesn't shy away from big themes - and she isn't afraid to ask tough questions! Each reading culminates with a couple of application questions (warning - they won't let you sit comfortably!) and a prayer to conclude... I've enjoyed sampling the first few chapters this week and am now putting on the brakes so I can properly enjoy it through the advent season. I'm excited to explore the theme of Redemption as we head towards Christmas.
You can grab a copy of Redeeming Advent for £7.95 from Amazon (disclaimer - if you use this link above, I'll get an affiliate thank you from Amazon! I'm grateful for all the support to run this space!) and from a number of Christian book stores - or you can grab it from Lucy herself over on her blog The Hope Filled Family.
Lucy also has very kindly given me a copy of the book to give away to one of YOU! So to be in with a chance of winning this, all you need to do is comment below and let me know how YOU like to prepare for the Christmas season!
I'll pop back on Tuesday to share the winner!
To enter the Giveaway!
- Comment on the post below or on the Instagram post with your favourite way to prepare for Christmas!
- Give me a follow over on Instagram @liferoundclarinas or over on my Facebook page
- Giveaway closes Monday 8th November at 6pm (GMT)
- Winner will be announced on Facebook/Instagram on Tuesday 9th November!
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