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The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmascomment (0)

November 28, 2013

By Martine Bates Sharp


Ann Voskamp. Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2013. 262 pp. (Hardback).

Most of us had advent calendars for our children when they were small. Little ones just can’t understand the passage of time, especially at Christmas. “When is it going to be Christmas?” they ask with impatience and rising excitement. 

“The Greatest Gift” is a devotional book but also is a sort of advent calendar for adults, a countdown to Christmas that invites us to savor the season as we wait. 

What’s new about the admonition to slow down? Nothing, I suppose, but in this book of devotions, Voskamp reminds us that advent “is made of the moments. … The slow unfurling of grace.” Voskamp has been gifted with an ability to invite others to worship with her, issuing the invitation in words that turn prose into poetry and tug at the heart, causing the reader to feel a deep need for more of God. What a beautiful way to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ.

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