Grab your hot chocolate, your cozy warm socks, and snuggle into your favorite reading chair, friends! We’re kicking off December with an amazing Recommended Reads series that highlights some of our favorite books that are perfect for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for an advent book that’s perfect for your whole family, books your children will love, or just need to add a few good reads to your personal pile, we’ve rounded them up for you!
Today we’re so excited to share two beautiful Christmas books by two of our favorite friends. Ann Voskamp and Liz Curtis Higgs love Christmas like we love cupcakes and sprinkles. If you haven’t seen them together on their “Christmas at the Farm” webcast, you can view the recording by clicking here. They’re just so fun together!
The two books we’re sharing today are absolute “must haves” on our list of Christmas reading, and we think you’ll agree!
Angelic encounters, miraculous conceptions, unexpected visitors, and outbursts of praise: Take a fresh look at the nativity story with Liz Curtis Higgs in her book, The Women of Christmas, as she explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care. Christmas is so much more than a holiday. So much more than buying and wrapping, and cooking and eating, and trimming with tinsel, and mailing out cards. It’s a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal. What better time to put aside our shopping lists and reach for our Bibles, where the story of the Christ child awaits us.
“When I wrote The Women of Christmas, I was struck by how clearly God placed women at the very heart of the Christmas story. Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry. Young Mary carried the Lord in her womb, and then in her embrace. Anna—a praying, fasting, altogether amazing prophetess—announced His coming.
It’s thrilling to see not only how much God loves His daughters, but also how much He uses us in unique and meaningful ways to advance His Kingdom, and trusts us to share His good news with the world every season of the year!” ~ Liz Curtis Higgs
- Click here for a PDF leader’s guide to use The Women of Christmas with your small group!
- Click here for Liz’s online study of The Women of Christmas!
- Click here to purchase The Women of Christmas!
Celebrate the best love story of all time with your family! In Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp expands her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree, so families may understand and celebrate together God’s greatest gift to us—His Son, Jesus Christ. Each day families can read the provided Scripture passage (in connection with the original book), engage with a specially written devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme. This beautifully illustrated edition serves as a precious guide to help recapture the sacredness of the Advent season, and is a gift your whole family can unwrap each day leading up to Christmas.
- Click here for some beautiful free gifts from Ann, including coloring pages, ornaments, and more!
- Click here to shop the new Jesse Tree ornament sets and Ann’s beautiful book, available at DaySpring!
- Be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest) this month as we do a special “countdown to Christmas” featuring images, quotes and scripture from Ann’s beautiful book!
Update: this giveaway is now closed and all winners have been notified via email! Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful Christmas traditions with us – we had such a blast reading through your comments!
So…would you like to win both of these wonderful books? We’re going to give 5 winners BOTH books!! Yeow! All you need to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this post. Easy peasy! We’ll choose a winner on Friday (12/5) so don’t wait to enter – you don’t want to miss this!
To enter: tell us about your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition! Is it a special meal? A cherished ornament? A special event or gathering with family? How do you celebrate Christmas?