Holidays: Another Option

A few great book suggestions to help prepare your heart for the real reason for the holidays.

Some of you have already decorated for Christmas.  I know because you have told me.  Some of you are dreading pulling out the boxes to decorate.  I know because that is me.  All of us approach this season differently and anyway we do it it really does work.  We celebrate the birth of Jesus, we make memories, we enjoy way too much good food.  This is a great time of the year for many reasons.

As we begin the holidays, I want to suggest some great books that have helped me to approach the spiritual side of holidays as well as the festive side.  So often, the work of the holidays falls on our shoulders.  It is a blessing that we have families that depend on us.  In my experience, it doesn’t take much for me to go from fun and festive to tired and frustrated.  I have found that if I focus on the spiritual side of the holidays, my family usually falls in right behind me.  We lead and they follow.  It is another blessing of being a wife and/or mother.

Here are some book suggestions that I would suggest you pick up and read in the next few weeks…before everything else begins.  Don’t over do it.  Just one will do for this year and you can read the other one next year.  I hope they will bless you.

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday by Mike Slaughter
The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
The Journey:Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

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