Saturday, November 26, 2022

Emmanual: An Invitation to Prepare Him Room at Christmas and Always

 

Author Ruth Chou Simons has created a beautiful advent devotional that helps draw the reader closer to the Savior. I recently had the opportunity to review the audiobook of Emmanual. It was read by the author who has a very soothing voice. As Simons discusses how our hearts may be distracted during the holiday season, she encourages the reader to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Each day offers a thought-provoking essay, a suggested song of Christmas to meditate on, and a prayer to close out the day.

As the cover reveals, Simons is a gifted artist so my first recommendation would be to buy the physical book (I purchased a copy after listening to the audiobook). If however, in this busy season, you just don't have time to read, then I highly recommend the audiobook. It could be listened to by the whole family while eating dinner or played before bedtime or listened to during a commute to work. The only disappointment was that I wish the suggested song had actually been played on the audiobook. Or even just have the words read. Some songs may not be familiar to everyone and I feel that the richness of the devotional would be enhanced if the music had been included. So if you listen to the audiobook, you may want to have a hymnal handy (or employ a search engine) to find the hymn to listen to. I do like the fact that music is incorporated into each day. There are many beautiful Christmas hymns and only so many Sundays at church to sing them. 

If you are looking for a new way to prepare room in your heart this Christmas for the Savior, I highly recommend, Emmanuel. Whether you read it as a family or on your own, Simon's book will help center your advent on the One who came to save us. At one of the busiest, most chaotic times of the year, with pressures of various kinds, there is no better time to prepare room for Emmanual in our hearts and homes.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital audiobook of Emmanuel for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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