Advent is the perfect time for families to gather together and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Using pictures of Jesus from Isaiah’s prophecies ―the Light, the Branch, the Shepherd, and the Savior― brings to life the true meaning of Christmas.
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God spoke to his people through the prophet Isaiah, promising them a Savior. To communicate God’s message, Isaiah used striking, stunning, and surprising imagery ―the “wonders” of his love! Isaiah pointed God’s people to the future, when one day, through his birth, death, and resurrection, Jesus would deliver his people from sin and sorrow forever.
Perfect for busy families with younger children, each week of Advent focuses on one of Isaiah’s images and has readings related to the week’s theme―Jesus the Light; Jesus the Branch; Jesus the Shepherd; Jesus the Savior ―and, on Christmas Day, Jesus the Bread. Each week also includes fun stories, discussion questions, crafts, recipes, games, and suggestions for family service projects.
Written by Champ Thornton and illustrated by Jeremy Slagle, this four-week devotional will draw families closer to Jesus and to each other.
If you’re looking to put more Jesus in your children’s Christmas, Wonders of His Love is a wonderful family-friendly biblically-based learning and activity book to accomplish it.
Author Champ Thornton weaves five “wonders” into weekly lessons for Advent. The first four are for each week of Advent and the last is for Christmas day. Each begins with a main scripture from Isaiah, followed by a 1 to 2-page informative summary that uses terms and examples that children will understand. The messages are further developed through the use of educational and interactive tools. Questions help children think through the concepts as they apply to their lives (How can you shine your light this week?) and the activities are great for families or classrooms. They include songs, crafts, recipes, games, and suggestions for family service projects. Educational material includes interesting historical facts (the meaning of X-mas) as well as general facts (nocturnal animals that can see in the dark).
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Wonders of His Love would be great for families or classrooms and the hardcover makes it a thoughtful gift for Christian families with young children. The optimal age range would be 5-8, but older and younger children in a family would also be able to enjoy and participate in the activities. Jeremy Slagle’s colorful illustrations help hold the interest of younger readers.
About the Author, Champ Thornton:
Champ Thornton is presently an Associate Pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and later served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Thornton is the author of “The Radical Book for Kids;” “Radically Different: A Student’s Guide to Community;” “Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation;” “From Age to Age;” “God’s Love: A Bible Storybook,” and Bible curriculum. He also hosts “In the Word, On the Go” podcast.
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