Good Tidings of Great Joy: an advent celebration by Eric D. Huntsman provides a look into the origin, meaning and celebration of the Saviors birth and life. There are gorgeous pictures and photos in this book - my daughter just loved looking at each picture! Using the traditional advent theme of Hope, Love, Peace and Joy, Huntsman offers suggestions, ideas, and more, for celebrating the season that steers far-clear of the hustle & bustle of the commercialized Christmas holiday. Focusing on the the Savior as the son of David, the Promised Savior, The Babe in Bethlehem and The King of Israel we see the Him in a different light and in different capacities. Through it all - we see how strong His love is for each and every one of us - and creates a mindfulness of the Christmas holiday that cannot be found in a store. This beautiful book works well as a reference, as material for Family Home Evening or daily as you follow the traditional calendar. Consider this as the perfect gift for someone you love. Good Tidings of Great Joy currently retails for $25.19.
Christmas with the Prophets by Laura F. Willes gives us insight into how the Prophets celebrated Christmas. Using recurrent themes of work, family, missionary work and service we can read about the Prophets' Christmas traditions and the traditions of the times in an often tender and poignant way. Some stories are humorous while others leave us contrite...yet each story leaves us with a personal testimony of Christs divinity and the true Spirit of Christmas. This book will quickly become a keepsake! We have really enjoyed reading about each prophet. There is a strong spirit this time of year that allows us to feel tender-hearted. I feel like I have gotten to know each prophet on a personal level...seeing many of them for the first time as children. Each chapter had a special message for me and my family that I will be treasuring for years to come. Christmas with the Prophets retails for $21.99. Read an excerpt HERE.
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