Monday, November 6, 2017

Melissa Spoestra's Total Christmas Makeover

Total Christmas Makeover
by Melissa Spoestra
Publisher: Abingdon
ISBN:

Well, by the look of things, it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas. I know people who were already decorating and thinking about Christmas before the end of October! lol I'm getting into the spirit of the season with my review copy of Total Christmas Makeover thanks to Litfuse Publicity.

Summary:

In the midst of the holiday busyness, have you lost what it means to truly celebrate your Savior? Revamp your family’s celebrations with Melissa Spoelstra’s new book, Total Christmas Makeover. Melissa provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.

My Review:

I'm not sure about you, but I don't always keep the focus of the holidays where it needs to be...on the Savior. And not just on the Savior, but on family, friends, and those around me. That's where this book has really been bringing my heart and mind as I read through the days.

The book is broken into three sections which keep your focus where it needs to be. I've tried not to read each day because I want to keep these reminders coming to me as we head into the Christmas season. I decided to read a page from each section instead of reading straight through. Of course that helped me for this review. =)

I appreciate the author adding examples of her life and how she faces challenges and making over the holidays. We're easily able to relate it to our own lives. Each day starts with scripture, the devotion, a prayer, questions to answer, and how to practically approach the makeover. A couple of the suggestions I've taken away and really want to implement are incorporating more of Scripture into the season and being a "there you are" person. I've always wanted to add family Bible reading during the Christmas season, but never have. You'll have to read the book to find out what a "there you are" person is!

Highly recommend Total Christmas Makeover for reading this during the month of Christmas or starting towards the end of November.

About the Author:

Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God’s Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree,” “Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness,” and “Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible” studies and “Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home” book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.

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