Machowski, Marty. Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional. New Growth Press, Greensboro, NC. 2014. 96 pages.
With the Christmas season coming, stores are announcing their deals and families are making plans. Kids write their gift lists in hopes of the presents they wish to receive and adults make out a guest list of family members who will be present for Christmas dinner. Yet, with all this planning, do families take time out to prepare their hearts to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? Whether parents have thought about it or not, the most important item on the list for the season is to lead their children in celebrating the first coming of Christ. That is why Marty Machowski has given parents a gift with his 4-week Advent devotional Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional.
Scripture and A Story
Each week features three devotionals, with the first looking at an Old Testament prophecy, the second observing an announcement of Jesus’s birth from one of the Gospels, and the third examining how the earlier prophecy mentioned was fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. One final devotion on Christmas day brings the total to 13 devotionals that equip parents and families to prepare to celebrate the real reason for Christmas. In addition to the Bible readings are family activities for parents and children to work on together as they pray and sing together as well. This devotional also includes a 4-chapter story to coincide with each week of Advent, Bartimaeus: A Christmas Story. No doubt, as families celebrate the first coming of Christ with this devotional, children and parents alike will be captivated with this story that goes along with it. The neat illustrations by Sarah Bland-Halulko throughout the book help the reader visualize some of what they are reading.
Keeping Christ the Focus This Christmas
This devotional by Marty Machowski keeps families from falling into the trap of commercialism by keeping the Word central in the home during the Christmas season and bringing hope to homes that need to hear the promises of God and witness their fulfillment in Christ. The 4-chapter story at the end of each week is a reminder that the meaning of Christmas is not just something to know from history but to know what it means for your story. If you are a family, especially with elementary-aged children, and are looking to keep Christ the focus this Christmas, then pick up your copy of Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional and prepare your hearts to receive and celebrate Christ in your home this Christmas season!
I received this book from New Growth Press in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.