New books offer spiritual renewal for individuals and families this Christmas
Anyone looking for stocking stuffers this holiday might try two new books from Westminster John Knox Press. God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas presents forty stirring devotions from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century. The devotions move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s letters, and passages from his Christmas sermons, these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas. Popular Presbyterian author and pastor Kathy Bostrom offers fun, practical, and thought-provoking ideas for nurturing the spiritual lives of children, parents, and families in 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children. Each of the 99 entries includes a Scripture passage, a theoretical or practical suggestion for weaving together faith and daily life, and a provocative challenge that encourages readers to spend some time contemplating the lessons learned. You can read sample exercises and share your experiences at http://bostrom.wjkbooks.com. Both books are now available and can be purchased at a great discount from The Thoughtful Christian.