Prepare Him Room … A Review

Susie Larson’s Christmas gift to readers is a new Advent devotional that walks the reader through the book of Luke, taking us on the less-traveled path of self-reflection and resetting our priorities because of the life-changing gift that Jesus offers to each of us. “He not only offers us His presence, He offers us His very life” (Susie Larson).

Often, we’re distracted with our Christmas preparations. Have you begun to think of all the gifts, decorations, food, celebrations, cards, and toys you need for Christmas? When we become so distracted with our to-do lists in preparation for the season, we find no room for the holy moments that prepare us to receive our Savior and blessed King of Glory. 

In Prepare Him Room, Susie Larson explores the book of Luke in a unique way. She invites us to push away the clutter of the world’s Christmas season and refocus our priorities. In other words, Larson asks readers to fast from distractions and clutter. She challenges us to feast on King Jesus.

Fast from distractions and clutter. Feast on King Jesus.

Larson approaches the season in a different way in this beautiful devotional. She walks us through the book of Luke, a chapter a day for 24 days. Readers meditate on the chapter in light of God’s gift to the world – Jesus.

Each devotion ends with a prayer that helps the reader prepare room for Jesus and a prompt to fast from worldly distractions like impatience, a commercialized holiday, worry, and much more.

This prayerful devotional might be what you and others around you need to prepare room for Jesus this Christmas. It was for me.

I received a complimentary advance reader copy for my honest review. 

Father, thank You for Susie Larson’s unique approach to preparing our hearts and spirits for memorializing the coming of our Savior into the world to bring us life eternal. Thank you for Susie Larson. Bless her with an advent season that is fuller and deeper with You at the heart of the season. Bless each reader so that they take action to prepare room for Jesus this Christmas in their hearts and homes. May You be honored by this. In Jesus’ name, amen.

How are you preparing room for Jesus this Christmas?

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Vertical Marriage … Make God First & Transform Your Marriage

Dave and Ann Wilson share the secret they learned from their own marriage blunders and missteps. They share vivid high points, triumphs, disappointments, and trials. Smiles erupt into laughter. Disappointments and tears touch the readers’ hearts.

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Faithful … Go and Speak of His Faithfulness

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good
and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

If you had a choice to celebrate 11 women of the Bible, who would you choose? Who would be considered for your first chapter? Would it be Rahab?

“A person’s work and identity aren’t the same thing, are they?” asked Amanda Bible Williams about Rahab.

Would you choose unfamiliar women like Jehosheba? Do you even know who she was? What about the bent woman?

In Faithful, authors, poets, songwriters, musicians, and artists celebrate the lives of women in the Bible. Women God used in His eternal story of lovingkindness. We are familiar with most of the women, and we learn about a few who we might not have known about.

The Faithful Project is more than women gathering to write a book. They also created an album with beautiful songs of hope, celebrating the stories of the women in the book.

Filled with eye-catching photos of the women as they collaborated in three creative workshops, the book assures women that God is still faithful to work through them as He did in biblical times. The songs add to that assurance.

“I’ve discovered that being transformed into the image of Christ is infinitely more valuable than the personal achievements,” writes Kelly Minter as she considers Ruth’s life.

And Kelly Needham writes about Jehosheba, “We long to soar above the minutiae and make an impact that lasts.”

These are the same thoughts that we wrestle with today.

Yes, “God chose to write His redemption story through the most unlikely women,” Ruth Chou Simons wrote about Leah.

Unlikely. Isn’t that what most of us feel? That gives me hope.

After the last chapter, I was delighted to find four weeks of writing prompts, encouraging the reader to grab a journal and write what she has heard, has seen, has felt, and will speak.

Thank you to all who made this beautiful book and album a reality.

Abba, Father, we praise Your name and all that You have done through the unlikely women of the Bible. We see you working in our lives, and we rejoice. We have heard of Your goodness and have seen how You work through us. Awestruck, we bow before You. Empower us to proclaim Your goodness to the world. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

What have you heard? What have you seen? What have you felt?
Go and speak it to the world!
Speak it in the comments!

When You Don’t Like Your Story … A Review

I have chapters and pages in my story that I don’t like. I wish that I could tear them out, shred them, and set fire to them.

How about you?

Have you considered that God can use the ugly and broken shards of your life to piece together beautiful and valuable artwork?

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