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How to focus on Christ during Advent
Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him. Why is this? Partly because we don't know how.
In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week:
This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. Either way, participants will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is.
By focusing on the person and character of Jesus throughout the Advent season, readers will prepare their hearts so that when they admire the live nativity, sit in the candlelight service, or wake up on Christian morning, they can join the faithful who sing from the bottom of their hearts, "O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"
As someone who grew up in a Christian home but in a denomination that did not celebrate Advent, I have been looking for a biblical guide to worship in anticipation of Christmas since I first heard of the tradition several years back. Finally, Asheritah Ciuciu has written the devotional I had been longing for. Unwrapping the Names of Jesus will be a book I will go back to each Christmas season and will be a hallmark of the holiday for years to come.
Erin Odom, Author of More Than Just Making It and You Can Stay Home With Your Kids
The real joy of Christmas comes through the slow unwrapping of God's great gift to us, Jesus Christ. Through beautiful reflections and guided prayers in Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah facilitates this savoring of Christ. I can't wait to take my children through this book!
Christine Hoover, Author of Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time and Messy Beautiful Friendship
At a time when so many Christians are prone to miss the beauty of the reason we celebrate Christmas, lost in the shuffle of expectations and busyness, Asheritah reminds us with depth and clarity of the One who came to bring the joy of salvation. This is a treat to share with your family during Advent season as you prepare your hearts for Christmas.
Mike Castelli, Lead Pastor, The Chapel in Green
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is a gift to readers. Through beautiful insight and attention to detail, every devotion deepens our understanding of who Jesus is, and why we celebrate Him not only in the Advent season, but in every season of our lives. This will be a staple during Advent, one we will read year after year. It's a book that invites us to rediscover the depth of Jesus' love for us, through the understanding of His many meaningful names, which all point to the love of God the Father, through His Son, Jesus, Light of the World, Prince of Peace, Lamb of God.
Kris Camealy, Author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight Of Waiting
I have seen a lot of Advent devotionals, but Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is first in the class. Combining substantive theological truth, creative ideas, and personal warmth, Asheritah Ciuciu invites her readers to join her in celebrating the Advent season by focusing their minds and their hearts on Jesus. I heartily recommend it!
Daniel J. Estes, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Cedarville University
What a gift! Sharing her heart for Jesus in this delightful Advent devotional, Asheritah's Unwrapping the Names of Jesus lovingly leads families and individuals to celebrate, worship, and adore Him.
Carmen Beasley, Women's Ministry Director, The Chapel in Green
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is easy to follow and use, but conveys a depth of truth sure to impact every member of your household. If you are searching for something new to study this Advent, look no further and get this excellent book. Then unwrap the names of Jesus with your family and celebrate together the greatest Christmas gift of all time—our Savior!
Marty Machowski, Pastor and Author of Dragon Seed, The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New, and other gospel-centered family resources
There is no better time to examine the multifaceted personality of our Savior than in the days leading up to Christmas. Asheritah Ciuciu eloquently pulls back layer after layer of His personhood and His purpose, revealing His character and His kindness, as she unwraps the names of Jesus.
Wendy Speake, Coauthor of Triggers and Life Creative, writing about faith and family at WendySpeake.com