Does your Christian faith involve the annual time of preparing for Christmas with Advent? Looking for another tool to help you slow down and focus on this special time? Blogger Candace Crabtree has created a new devotional e-book for you, titled Jesus, Light of the World: Praying the Scriptures Through Advent.
Crabtree is an established blogger at His Mercy is New, where she describes herself as, “just a messed up mama in desperate need of God’s fresh, new mercies on a daily basis.” Her e-book looks like it should be conveniently offered in popular bookstores; but for now, you can find it only online.
Jesus, Light of the World uses the motif of light to pull scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments, leading the reader through brief devotionals. It includes a daily prayer that accompanies each devotional in the month of advent. The e-book is printable so you can make the most of space where you are encouraged to keep an Advent journal. The book is written from an evangelical layperson’s perspective, so it isn’t too theologically heavy or even preachy. It simply feels like the author sharing and then inviting you to participate in your own way. For example, she writes:
“What darkness do you find in your own life? We desperately need the light of God to dwell in us and take over. He will shine bright and overcome the darkness. For some, like me, darkness has come in the form of depression. For others, it may be cancer, divorce, chronic illness, a wayward child, loss. Let God shine into your darkness today and allow Him to overcome.”
Whether or not you are Christian, you’ll want to check out Crabtree’s online resources on Hope for Depression at her blog. She has blogged openly about her personal struggle in overcoming depression. Crabtree covers everything from emotional challenges and juggling family responsibilities as a married mother of three to sharing practical life experience about a struggle withdrawing from certain anti-depressant medication.
One of the cleverest things Crabtree could do because this is an e-book is to include links to songs you might want to listen to during the Advent season. Plus, she gives a list of suggestions on ways to include your children in Advent, with mixed media like a related Pinterest board. You can choose an e-book or printed version at this website.