Tyndale House Publishers
Looking Forward to the Nativity is an inspiring Christmas devotional book for families to use during the Advent season. Each day, Farrar offers a short story linked to the Bible passage, a Bible promise (verse or verses from the story), a prayer, and a family activity. Family activities include songs, a craft, or an object lesson—something concrete to help the lesson become more than just a daily reading. He also includes a description of Advent and the tradition of the Advent wreath, for those families who want to include this in their devotional times.
One thing that sets this seasonal devotional apart from others of similar theme is its scope. Farrar begins his Scripture readings on December 1 not in Matthew, as one might expect, but in Genesis. To begin at the beginning, and to show humanity’s desperate need of a Savior from the opening chapters of the Bible, is a fabulous notion and sets the tone for a meaningful Advent season.
The Bible stories are told in simple, but not simplistic, language. I believe this makes this devotional more applicable to families with different-aged children. Farrar includes many familiar stories with our favorite Old Testament characters: Abraham, Moses, David, and Job, among other people of faith. He then builds up to the New Testament and familiar passages leading up to the birth of Jesus. Reading the Old Testament stories during Christmas adds a depth to the Nativity story that many readers may not have truly considered, making it fresh and new.
I look forward to using this devotional with my own children this Christmas season, and anticipate a season of heightened awareness of the cohesiveness of God’s Word. – Pattie Reitz, Christian Book Previews.com
During the season of Christmas, it’s so difficult to find time to help your family meditate on the true meaning of Christmas. The short devotions in Looking Forward to the Nativity help you show your kids how people throughout the Bible looked forward to the coming of the Nativity--the birth of Jesus Christ. Each day illustrates how the baby Jesus fulfilled everything God had promised from the beginning. This short twenty-five-day devotional capitalizes on the natural wonder children have as Christmas approaches during the month of December.