Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Miracle of Christmas

Author: Stormie Omartian
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
September 2012
ISBN: 978-0736951746
Genre: Christmas & Advent – Devotional

The prophets all told of the coming of Jesus. But mixed in with the messages of hope were messages of doom. If you don’t change your ways, you will be sent into exile. The people didn’t like the bad parts of the messages, so they didn’t listen. But when the bad things happened, the people were quick to remember the good parts of the prophecies. God will send a king. And so they waited…

Stormie Omartian talks about these prophets of old, in addition to Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zacharias, the shepherds, wise men, Simeon, and Anna. What must they have felt or thought when the news about the pending birth of the Messiah came to them.

Awe… Excitement… Fear… Hope?

God’s fulfillments of that long ago promise to the world still means a lot to us and our lives today. You too can fell the wonder of God’s promises living in you as you pray Christmas prayers over your life and loved ones. And you will experience afresh the perfect gift of God’s son.
I like many other Christians love Stormie’s prayers. They are so real, so heartfelt, and so…moving. I love that she wrote short devotional type of what each key player in the Christmas story must have thought—felt—believed, and then wrote a prayer relating that to our lives. This is a devotional that Christians will cherish, contemplate and reread year after year. There are fifteen inspirational stories included to read through the Advent season.

THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS would be an awesome gift for yourself or a friend. And an excellent addition to the church library. Sunday school teachers might even be able to gleam mileage from it for their lessons. Recommended.  A free audio download is also available with purchase. $10.99. 142 pages. 

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