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!
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!
Christ of the Empty Tomb by James Montgomery Boice
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.
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.
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.
In The Legend of the Easter Egg, young Thomas learns the deeper meaning behind Easter eggs and the Easter story itself.
One April morning, a boy and his older sister go outside to gather eggs. “Let’s pretend we’re hunting Easter eggs!” Lucy says. “What are Easter eggs?” Thomas wonders. Later, when Lucy falls sick, Thomas goes to stay with John and Mary Sonneman at their candy store. But all the candy he could desire does not cure Thomas’s aching heart. Only when Mary Sonneman shares with him the story of Easter does he understand the hope he has–and what he can do about his sister’s illness.
Featuring the beloved setting and characters from the best-selling Legend of the Candy Cane, this moving story takes us deeper into the mystery of Christianity. Dramatic illustrations by James Bernardin underscore the chilling fear of separation and death–and the dazzling joy of reunion and new life. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
What are the treasures in Benjamin’s Box? Come along with Benjamin and see. Like all boys and girls, Benjamin is very, very curious. When Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow him and find out who he really is. At first, Benjamin thinks Jesus is a teacher, then a king. At last, he learns the good news—news that every child (and grown-up!) will want to share. Can be used in conjunction with Resurrection Eggs from Family Life!
Learn and share astonishing facts that will enrich your appreciation of Jesus, our Creator and Savior!
This cheerful computer “game” is filled with fun Christmas facts, merry music, and colorful images—all designed to teach the truth about this wonderful holiday, and the traditions surrounding it.
It’s so easy to get over-busy with all the shopping, cooking, and parties each December, that we fail to adequately emphasize to our own families the true meaning of Christmas. This CD-Rom is designed to be used on any PC or Mac computer. It excites and informs both children and adults with fun facts, songs and true accounts of the origin of various traditions surrounding the holiday. Whether you take it all in at once (like most users!), or once per day, the Advent Calendar is sure to enrich your appreciation of Jesus, the Creator and Savior!
A different tradition or historical fact is covered for each of the 24 days of Advent. Start anytime and view as many “days” as you like. You will learn true and astonishing information behind each of the following (plus much more along the way!).
■The 12 Days of Christmas
■Presents (and St. Nicholas)
■The Yule Log
The birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem was a critical event in the fulfillment of God’s timeless plan for man’s redemption–necessitated by Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately the birth of the Christ-child is also one of the most-distorted events in history. This unique resource was designed by a physician who wanted a way to reach out to non-Christians in his city and help them understand that Christ came into the world on the very first Christmas.
Celebrating Advent: Family Devotions and Activities for the Christmas Season by Ann Hibbard
From the Publisher:
If you ask kids what Christmas is about, you’ll get a variety of answers. Presents, decorating, presents, Santa Claus, presents, carols . . . presents. Few will say anything about Christ. How would your kids answer that question?
In a culture obsessed with material things, it can be difficult to help our kids understand and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. In Celebrating Advent, author Ann Hibbard has created a way for parents to set aside a daily time during Advent to talk with their kids about the spiritual meaning of the season.
Learn practical steps you can take to make Christmas a more meaningful, happy experience for your family. Inspiring and creative family devotions provide a moment of peace and reflection for each evening of Advent, while fun and inexpensive project ideas help you focus your kids’ attention on what really matters at Christmas: Christ.
This beautiful book reminds readers that the only important gift of Christmas is Jesus.
Through inspirational quotes, scriptures, and prose, Lance Wubbels offers a thoughtful look at how we can unwrap the grace and love of Christ.Jesus: The Ultimate Gift explores the wonder of the birth of Christ who came to give man what the Apostle Paul called “God’s indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
In the midst of the season’s busyness, appreciate anew God’s humble yet profound gift: “As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, we need to remember that all gifts are ultimately but a reflection of Jesus, who is the Gift.God became one of us . . . as a baby boy with a tiny smile and two ears and ten fingers and ten toes. Once we see Him for who He really is, we are never the same.”