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Many treasures lie hidden inside the small Advent devotional written by Nancy Guthrie entitled Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room. To discover daily readings that extend past Christmas Day to December 31st was a refreshing surprise that encouraged our family to reflect back on Christmas and focus on the year ahead.

Each devotional includes a prayer; discussion starters that have a range of questions appropriate for elementary, middle or high schoolers; and additional verses for future investigation. Nestled between the pages are eight Christmas carols, five of which include the story of their composer and composition; twelve pages entitled, “Remembering how God has prepared our hearts from year to year,” and allowing space to record thoughts and questions; and the full Christmas story found in Matthew and Luke. There is an excellent lesson on getting and giving as well as a shift in focus from eagerly expecting Jesus’ first coming up until December 25th to a focus on His second coming from the 26th to the 31st.

There are two small things that hold me back from giving this book 5 stars. The first may seem trivial and has nothing to do with content but is important. On the front and back covers are pictured small chalkboards with the title and a tag line written in chalk. However, on the chalkboard is a white pencil crayon. It just doesn’t make sense. The second thing is found in the devotion for December 3rd. In the discussion about Jesus’ ancestral line, it lists some ancestors with “tarnished reputations – like Judah, who was intimate with his daughter-in-law; Rahab, who was a Canaanite prostitute”. While this is true, I do not feel it is appropriate for a devotional meant to include a younger audience. There were others in Jesus’ family tree that could have been used to get the point across.

Those things aside, I found Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room to be a thoughtful Advent devotional that challenges us to keep Christ as our focus every day and one that our family will enjoy for many years to come.

I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.