Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies

Robin Ham

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We’re all familiar with the Christmas story, but do you know the ‘story behind the story'?

Tucked away in the Bible, hundreds of years before Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus, is the story of a girl called Ruth. It's a story that rings true to our world — a story of sadness and tears, even of death, but also a story of where hope can be found in the darkest places. A story that points us forward to the promise of a king.

Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies takes us on an Advent journey through 25 daily reflections. Each day has a short devotion, a suggested prayer and links to a response song. Come along to Bethlehem and discover the hope that shines brightly even on the darkest of nights.

Praise for the book:

‘This year journey to that ancient place, back and forth, from Ruth to Jesus, and center your soul on your Redeemer, leading you to worship with fresh awe and wonder at the miracle of the Incarnation.’
— Daniel Darling, bestselling author of The Characters of Christmas

‘This little book is a gem! Engagingly written and sparkling with fresh insights into the biblical text, it led me to worship the great God who works all things for our good and his glory. Read it together with your church this Christmas. It will stoke your wonder and worship.’
— Stephen Witmer, Pastor, Pepperell Christian Fellowship, Massachusetts; and author, Eternity Changes Everything and A Big Gospel in Small Places

‘Take the opportunity to hear a different story this advent that will light up your Christmas.’
— Ed Drew, Director, Faith in Kids

Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies is a beautifully woven book of reflections that captivatingly leads the reader through the book of Ruth while simultaneously illuminating the wonderfully familiar story of the birth of Jesus. These reflections will help you to find comfort in the covenant love of God and wonder anew at the Christ child’s birth this Advent time.’
— Mel Lacy, Executive Director, Growing Young Disciples; and author, New City Catechism Curriculum

‘This Advent devotional is a refreshingly different way to view the coming of Jesus through the lens of the book of Ruth. Clear explanations showing how Jesus is the climax of God’s love and redemption will engage your mind and heart. Far from being stale and samey, this devotional will bring Advent alive in a new way that will do good to your soul.’
— John Stevens, National Director, Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches UK (FIEC)

‘It’s a joy to journey through the book of Ruth with these perceptive and illuminating devotions. They–and the songs that go with them–provide a fresh set of lenses through which to see the unfolding history to the birth of our Saviour. Recommended!’
— James Robson, Ministry Director, Keswick Ministries

‘Part of the message of Christmas is that God offers hope to ordinary people, in surprising places, in the darkest of times. It is a message our culture desperately needs. Prepare to be encouraged by a devotional that brings hope down to earth.’
— Dr Jason Roach, Pastor, The Bridge Battersea; Board Member, The Co-Mission Initiative; and Advisor to the Bishop of London

‘Take your whole congregation on a journey together through Advent to the bringer of hope.’
— James Lawrence, CPAS Leadership Principal; and author, Growing Leaders

‘A beautifully crafted devotional that opens up the Christmas narrative in a fresh way, no matter how many times you have heard the story. The interweaving of Ruth’s journey and the creative use of music and wordplay is genius. Take hold of these reflections and allow them to take hold of you.’
— Phil Knox, Head of Mission to Young Adults, Evangelical Alliance UK; and author, Story Bearer

‘These are beautiful and inspiring devotions to help focus our thinking and praying during Advent. Exploring the wonderful story of Ruth leads us again to the greatest story of all – the story of God coming to be with us in Jesus Christ.’
— Rt Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies
Robin Ham