This week we begin Advent. A time of remembering the 400 years of silent anticipation of the arrival of our Savior. Many people are celebrating the Christmas Season with an Advent Calendar or special book to help them connect to the heart of the season and the eternal truth that great light has come into the darkness. Here are some of our favorite books for this time of year.

Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope by Louie Giglio – The Christmas season is one most of us look forward to, yet the rush and crush of the holidays can leave us dizzy. Often, at this time of year, we realize we are all waiting for something: a solution, a relationship, a breakthrough, a rescue. The word Advent means expectation. And Christmas is a time that reminds us: God made a promise and then He fulfilled it. This daily devotional book by Louie Giglio will show you what to do while you’re waiting and how to encounter hope over the holidays and throughout your life.

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp – Divided into daily readings starting on December 1 and going through Christmas Day, Voskamp artfully draws the reader into the full love story of the season. She reaches back into the pages of the Old Testament to explore the lineage of Jesus — the greatest gift — through the Advent tradition of “The Jesse Tree.”

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide – Jotham’s Journey is a great book for you to read with your children. Each day has a reading that takes you through ten-year-old Jothan’s journey across Israel as he searches for his family. Along the journey he encounters wise men, shepherds and innkeepers until he finds his way to the Savior born in Bethlehem.

You may also want to revisit last year’s Advent blog written by Family Pastor Van Vandegriff: