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Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum by Marty Machowski

This excellent curriculum is great for any church during the Advent season.  It brings to the forefront how Christ fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies about His birth and ultimate resurrection.

Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum by Marty Machowski

Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum by Marty Machowski

From the Publisher:
Includes 12-lesson CD, hardback Prepare Him Room Family Devotional, and reproducible template for a manager scene activity for elementary age children.

Make Room for Jesus in Your Classroom This December

Guide kids and their families into the heart of Christmas with this gospel-focused, four-week Advent curriculum. Prepare Him Room’s Christ-centered, biblical-theological approach connects Old Testament promises to their New Testament fulfillment in Christ in a way that kids can understand. With age-appropriate instruction and activities for three different learning levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary—Prepare Him Room builds gospel hope and enduring theological depth into each child’s celebration of Christmas. Four weekly lessons feature a New Testament Bible story, a look at Old Testament promises, an object lesson, a craft, a coloring page, and a Christmas carol to sing together. Prepare Him Room will change the way kids and families at your church celebrate Christmas.

Connects Old and New Testaements to teach Christmas through a gospel-driven, biblical-theological perspective
Equips churches with an entire month’s worth of Advent teaching material
Bridges the gap between church and home by exploring the same gospel themes through church curriculum and family devotions
Provides age-appropriate instruction and activities for kids at three different levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary
Offers unique, memorable, and inexpensive Christmas activities
Package includes 12 lessons on CD (each with black-and-white and color options), 1 hardback family devotional, and a reproducible template for a manger scene activity
CD with songs from the curriculum arranged and performed by Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Grace music available separately
Author

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series including The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, and the Gospel Story Curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski

Finding good advent books can be difficult.  Sometimes they are time consuming and overwhelming.  Often I have good intentions, but then I don’t follow through because it is already a crazy time of the year.

I am excited about this advent book because it is written by Marty Machowski.  He wrote the devotionals Long Story Short and Old Story New.  He simplifies his devotionals drawing on the importance of the Old Testament as to how it relates to the New Testament.  This advent devotional is no different.  He focuses on the prophesies of Christ and brings the Gospel story of the birth of Christ to life through fun and simple devotions that you do as a family three times a week.  We will be using this book this year, and hope that you will enjoy it too.

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski

From the Publisher:
Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional

By Marty Machowski, illustrated by Sarah J. Bland-Halulko
A Gospel Story for Kids Resource

Make Room for a New Christmas Tradition

Christmas traditions become a treasured part of a family’s heritage, passed down from generation to generation. This brand new, four-week devotional guides your family on an unforgettable advent journey, exploring some of the most wonderful prophecies in the Bible and how God fulfills them in Christ. From Bible devotions which tell the Christmas story through the eyes of the prophets to an original Christmas short story called “Bartimaeus,” Prepare Him Room helps you build family Christmas traditions around Christ. The memorable and meaningful activities, songs, and stories of Prepare Him Room will become the fabric of your family’s Christmas memories. So gather them to watch the amazing gospel story unfold every December for generations to come!

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series including The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, and the Gospel Story Curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Sarah J. Bland Halulko lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and twin daughters. Influenced by her mentors and life experiences, her favorite forms of artistic expression include pen and ink drawing, watercolor, and photography.

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A Better December by Steven Estes

Know someone FRAZZLED or SAD this Christmas?  A Better December by Steve Estes applies Solomon’s Proverbs to holiday stresses.  Playful and tiny, this illustrated work would be a good gift for your unbelieving friends as it gently introduces Jesus during a month when they are receptive.

A Better December by Steve Estes

 

From the Publisher:
For All Who Long for True Comfort and a True Home

Combining true, heart-warming stories with pen-and-ink illustrations, the book uncovers and answers our December longings. Beginning with bite-sized chapters of Solomon’s advice to frazzled, lonely people at Christmas, Steven Estes presents the ancient sage as penning his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers through holiday stress and even sadness. Meant to be shared with all who long for a better December, it points the way to true comfort and a true home. A Better December is an ideal gift book for non-Christian friends and neighbors with a gradual, non-threatening introduction to the gospel.

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The War on Christmas by Bodie Hodge

For those of us who have questions about what really happened when Jesus was born, this is a great book to read!  Bodie Hodge answers some of those nagging questions, such as, did the Wise Men come to the stable or house or somewhere else?

When you buy this book, you also receive the book, A Fragrance of Christmas–all about Christmas traditions.

The War on Christmas by Bodie Hodge

 

From the Publisher:
Is it a bunch of pagan symbols “Christianized” for the celebration?
Why is our concept of Christmas so important for those who don’t believe in Jesus?
Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?
Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas is a time of peace and love. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are nixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word “Christmas” is considered by some as offensive. Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war.

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You also receive for free The Fragrance of Christmas, a $5.99 value.

 

A Fragrance of Christmas

 

From holiday hospitality, to anticipating decorations that rekindle and renew traditions, this cozy keepsake captures the feeling and fragrance of Christmas.

A special acronym, C. H. R. I. S. T. M. A. S., reveals Christmas spirit secrets with these holiday defining terms . . . Celebration, Hope, Relationships, Invitation, Sharing, Tradition, Music, Anticipation, Saviour.  A perfect gift for family and friends who love to stroll down a snow-filled memory lane.

Start your own unique Christmas traditions with the simple essence contained in this book.

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Free when you purchase The War on Christmas.


Perfect Christmas by Gary and Jan Bower

At Christmas time, we just love to read beautifully illustrated books together that point to Christ.  So many books take the focus off of Christ by emphasizing presents or Santa Claus.  We hope you will enjoy this new book by the Bowers.

Perfect Christmas

 

From the Publisher:
Set in a time of economic difficulty—not unlike our own—this is a delightful, charming, and heartening story filled with reminiscence and living truth.

For a family that cannot indulge every gift wish, the joy of what Christmas brings to each of them is more precious than they could have ever expected. Together they learn that every Christmas is a perfect Christmas—not because of what it brings, but because of who it celebrates.

Warmly illustrated in the style of Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives, Perfect Christmas offers a message of love and joy as cozy and endearing as our warmest Christmas memories, while creating a new tradition that young readers will cherish for all their Christmases to come.
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Family Book of Advent, PB by Carol Garborg

Family Book of Advent PB by Carol Garborg

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Remember the childhood excitement and joy of counting down the days until Christmas? Maybe your family carefully marked off each day on the calendar or you simply counted and recounted the days on your fingers.

Now you can create unforgettable memories for your family with The Family Book of Advent. It’s the perfect way to spend quality time with your young children while helping them grasp the true meaning of Christmas.

As part of our Pocket Inspi rations series, this hands-on devotional draws families together to celebrate the coming of Christmas through Scripture, questions, stories, and simple activities. As the Christmas story unfolds, bonds are created–bonds that will last a lifetime. It is the one present your family will be happy to share!

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Pocket Version PB

 


Family Book of Advent HC by Carol Garborg

Family Book of Advent by Carol Garborg

From the Publisher:

Now families can create significant and unforgettable memories with The Family Book of Advent. It’s the perfect way to spend quality time with young children during the Advent season while helping them grasp the true meaning of Christmas.

Capture the childhood excitement and joy of counting down the days until Christmas with this fun hands-on devotional. Scripture, questions, stories, and simple activities draw families together to celebrate the coming of Christmas. As the events in the story of Jesus’ birth and life unfold, parents and children will build bonds of tradition and faith that will last a lifetime. It is the one present all members of the family will be happy to share!

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Hardback version

 


Christ of the Empty Tomb by James Montgomery Boice

Christ of the Empty Tomb by James Montgomery Boice

Publisher’s Description:

The problem with the Easter story is that for it to work as a joyous occasion you have to accept two stories. Firstly the death of Jesus, something physical with which people can easily identify, and then the resurrection of Jesus, understanding of which requires faith. Without faith, the events speak of failure, with faith, they speak of triumph.
James Montgomery Boice, one of the church’s master communicators, here explains the drama, purpose and events surrounding Easter – so that more can see the two stories interplay, so that more can see the occasion as one of spiritual joy.

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The Very First Easter by Paul Maier

The Very First Easter by Paul Maier

Publisher’s Description:

This book offers a historically accurate description of the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection through Scripture and beautiful artwork.
Ten-year-old Christopher wants to know the story behind the story and learns important details about this miraculous event that help him understand the season’s celebration. He also discovers his own special link to the very first Easter.

The award-winning team of Paul L. Maier and Francisco Ordaz work together again to bring children a vivid picture of Jesus’ last days on Earth. The Very First Easter makes a wonderful gift children, families, and friends. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

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The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt

Publisher’s Description:

Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Three trees on a mountain dream of what they wanted to become when they grew up. One wants to be a treasure chest, another an ocean-going boat, and the third a signpost to God. Their wishes come true in a way they never expected. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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