This advent, help your family to understand the birth of Christ as the climactic event of a much larger story — a story about God’s mission to redeem sinful people for his glory.
Tracing Glory: The Christmas Story Through the Bible is a twenty-five-day Advent devotional. It begins looking back at the creation of the world in the book of Genesis and ends looking forward to the new creation in the book of Revelation, tracing the glory of Jesus Christ from start to finish.
In each day’s reading, there is a key Scripture to look up, a devotional commentary to read, a helpful summary highlighting the key point and showing how that particular Bible passage points to Jesus, and questions to prompt discussion with your family. This is a book to treasure that can be used with children of all ages.
Use this ornament activity book to create ornaments to go along with this book, so your family can enjoy listening to the gospel story, creating the ornament that corresponds to the key Scripture and hanging it up.
With foreword by Nancy Guthrie.
“Every Christian parent wants to teach his or her children the meaning of Advent and Christmas. What we sometimes do, though, is to imply that Christmas is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ in a way that disconnects it from the rest of the year, and the story from the rest of the Bible. In that case, the Advent story can become like a Nativity scene on the mantle, to be packed away in January until the next year. In this book, Sarah Rice, a brilliant Bible teacher and a wise mom, shows us a better way. This book will help parents and kids to love the Bible and to love Jesus in a way that can last through a whole year’s calendar, and through a whole person’s life.”
Russell Moore, Director, the Public Theology Project, Christianity Today; author, The Courage to Stand
"In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it can be difficult to find time together as a family to focus on Jesus. Thankfully, Sarah Rice has put together a creative and encouraging devotional book, Tracing Glory: The Christmas Story Through the Bible, that allows families a wonderful way to understand how the entire Bible points to Jesus. This book is a welcome resource to help families keep Jesus at the center of our Christmas celebrations!"
Melissa Kruger, author and director of Women’s Initiatives for The Gospel Coalition
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I was thrilled that Sarah wrote Tracing Glory: The Christmas Story Through the Bible and love how it connects he story of Jesus to the entire Bible. We used it in several ways in December 2018. Two of us in our church adapted it to use for Advent readings during Sunday morning worship services. We made copies for our young adult Sunday school class and used it for teaching for the month of December. At home, we read it daily for individual devotional time. You won’t regret using it and adapting it to any age person to focus on the beautiful redemption story of Christmas!
This book is has been such a gift to our family! One of the reasons why I love it so much is that it’s not just another Christmas story; it lends itself to every type of learner! The Biblical stories coupled with the making of the ornaments has allowed the entire story of the Bible to come alive for my son! It gives perfect context to why we celebrate Christmas and the birth of our needed, promised, Savior. Tracing Glory tells the whole story of the Bible complete with the cross and the hope of heaven! Both my children look forward to this new favorite, family, advent tradition!
This is an essential for our family during the Christmas season. We all know how the world can distract us from the real reason we celebrate. This advent helps us, as a family, to put Jesus at the center of our focus. Each night we are able to come together and read about God's perfect plan of redemption from the beginning of the Bible to the end. I love that this is written in language that is appealing to children, teenagers, and adults alike, making it useful year after year.