First posted on The Reflectionary
This is the second round up of Advent devotionals, this time focussing families, children and all-age.
The books come from a post on The Hope Filled Family by my friend and fellow ACW (Association of Christian Writers) member, Lucy Rycroft. She goes into much more detail than I have space for here, so I recommend that you pop over to her blog for more information on these books and many others. All are by ACW members.
Naturally, I’m going to mention my chart-topping Advent book first, and I have exciting news! Walking to Bethlehem is about to re-issued by a new publisher, with updated insides (and typos corrected; my apologies!). The new version will be available from Amazon shortly and from your local bricks-and-mortar store shortly after that.
Affiliate links below take you to Amazon where anything you buy helps to support these free resources. No information about you is passed in either direction and the price you pay is the same. Many are also available from your local Christian bookstore or from Eden.
But just before we get to the recommendations, have you ever thought about writing yourself?
Perhaps you have a half-finished story lurking at the bottom of your hard disk, or an idea for some Advent devotions, or a collection of poems that is bursting out of its notebooks.
If so, I suggest two things:
First, why not join the Association of Christian Writers? They’re a welcoming, friendly bunch, with local groups meeting in person and on Zoom. I have found their helpful advice and encouragement a true joy.
Secondly (and no apologies for the plug), why not get my newest book: So You’ve Finished Writing. Now What?
It’s available as Kindle pre-order right now, and paperback on Nov 1st. You can buy from Amazon or from your local bricks and mortar store. Ask them to order it if it’s not on their shelves.
Here’s the obligatory blurb:
You’ve finished the writing – brilliant! Well done.
Now you have to get your words out there, into the sweaty mitts* of your readers. But how?
Best-selling non-fiction author, Fay guides you with humour and helpful insight through the maze of the editing process and out into the wonderful world of publishing.
Whether you write books, articles, poems or self-help guides to frog wrestling, there are ways for you to get your words out there.
So what are you waiting for, the credits?
Perfect for new authors, aspiring authors and anyone who has ever pressed ‘send’ and then spotted the typo. Which is all of us.
Fay writes popular and academic non-fiction, both indie and traditionally published. This is her seventh solo-authored book, many topping their respective charts. She has been involved in book and magazine production since the 1980s and has taught layout and editing courses.
by Fay Rowland (yours truly!)
25 very short all-age devotions.
Each day has a very short Bible passage and imaginative reflection, plus a plethora of optional extras including photocopiable colouring (not just for children), labyrinths, Bible paperchains and Christmas family traditions.
Second edition coming out shortly!
by Ed Drew
Paperback and Kindle
25 10-minute devotions.
Beautiful illustrations enhance this lovely book.
Each day has a Bible passage, helpful explanations, and questions for younger and older kids.
by David Sims (Author), Becky Rawlins and Hope Gwilliam (Illustrator)
New out this year and perfect for every sort of family, including those with additional needs.
This A4 illustrated book has plenty of space for writing or drawing your own responses to the Bible passages, and is full of creative ways to all the family with the Christmas story.
by Amy Robinson
If you like to make a Jesse Tree during Advent, this books has a Bible story for each day, illustrating the different symbols.
You could use this book for school assemblies as well as in the home, or for Sunday school groups.
by Katy Morgan
25 short chapters
New out this year
A fictionalised re-telling of the traditional story perfect for bedtime reading or as a classroom story time.
There are no questions to answer, but there are notes at the end to make clear which parts are fact and which fiction.
by Sarah Rice
25 commentary-based devotions
Aimed at older children and teens, this book features scripture from throughout the Bible with commentary and discussion questions.
Suitable for a family to use together around a table or for a teen to use by themselves.