Item description for Immanuel: Praying the Names of God Through the Christmas Season by Ann Spangler...
Overview Drawing from her best-selling books, the author of Praying the Names of God presents a beautiful six-week Christmas devotional, filled with prayer, reflection, and study, that focuses on God, the miraculous birth of his son, and the promise of his return.
Publishers Description Ann Spangler believes it s possible to transform the crazy, wonderful, stressful season we call Christmas into one of greater peace and deeper joy by recovering the gift of Advent. For hundreds of years, Christians have prepared for Christmas by carefully observing the four-week season leading up to it. What s more, when Christmas did arrive, they celebrated not just for one day but for twelve So four weeks for Advent and nearly two weeks for Christmas makes six weeks, which is why Ann Spangler has prepared this six-week Christmas devotional. Drawing from her bestselling books Praying the Names of God and Praying the Names of Jesus, Spangler selected six names or titles---including Immanuel, Yeshua, and Bright Morning Star. Each name offers a week s worth of devotions focusing on God, the miraculous birth of his son, and the promise of his return. In Immanuel, you ll discover a perfect balance of prayer, reflection, and study to help you open your heart fully to the birth of Jesus and all that it means."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.34" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310276144 ISBN13 9780310276142 UPC 025986276140
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More About Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler is an award-winning author, publishing her first book, an instant bestseller, in 1994. Since then, she has gone on to write several bestselling books, including Women of the Bible (co-authored with Jean Syswerda), Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (co-authored with Lois Tverberg). Her latest book is Praying the Attributes of God. Together her books have sold millions of copies.
In 2013 she was named the Logos Bookstore Author of the Year, an award given to an author "whose body of works expemplifies the power of books to change lives forever."
By paying attention to the spiritual and emotional hungers that animate us and by finding creative ways to explore God's self-revelation in Scripture, her writing surprises by revealing a God who is often far bigger and better than we might imagine.
In addition to writing, Ann has enjoyed a lengthy career in Christian publishing, working for William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Servant Publications, and Zondervan Publishing in marketing, editorial, and management roles. Her broad experience in publishing has convinced her that readers are looking for well-written books that explore the connection between spiritual experience and everyday life, books that both engage the mind and strengthen the heart.
SPANISH BIO: Ann Spangler, autora con galardones en su haber cuya fascinacion con la Biblia ha producido libros que han introducido esta a una amplia gama de lectores, es la autora de varios libros que han sido exitos de ventas, incluyendo Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus y Mujeres de la Biblia (de la que es co-autora Jean Syswerda). En conjunto, se han vendido mas de 2 millones de ejemplares de sus libros. Ha ocupado puestos ejecutivos importantes en dos casas editoras cristianas y en la actualidad reside con sus dos hijas en Grand Rapids, Michigan..
Ann Spangler currently resides in Belmont, in the state of Michigan.
A great way to focus on the Reason for the season. Dec 28, 2007
What a great way to stay focused on the Reason for the season. I am still enjoying the book the week after Christmas. It is designed to be used during Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) and the two weeks after Christmas. I will continue to use this book for years to come.
Rediscovering the Gift of Advent Oct 9, 2007
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (10/07)
Award-winning and best-selling author Ann Spangler has adapted selections from two of her previously written books, "Praying the Names of God" and "Praying the Names of Jesus," for this awe-inspiring devotional book, "Immanuel." The book is designed to be read during the Advent and Christmas season and is arranged for daily readings over a six-week time period during the pre-Christmas season.
Six titles or names of God have been selected that focus on Jesus, God's Son, in a way that is especially meaningful for the advent season: Yahweh or Lord, Yeshua or Jesus the Savior, Immanuel, Yeled or Child, Melek, meaning King of Kings, and Kokab, meaning Bright Morning Star. These names offer peace in an otherwise stressful season of Christmas frenzy.
Each of the six weeks is formatted for five daily readings which include either a brief overview of the "Name" being considered, key scripture passages, background information, devotional thoughts, or suggestions for prayer, and reflection. Friday's reading also provides additional ideas for continued prayer and praise to be carried into Saturday and Sunday.
I was especially moved by the promises associated with each name in the Friday readings. Confidence, salvation, rescue, deliverance, and His presence with us are just of a few of the promises to claim. I also enjoyed the guided suggestions for each scripture passage: for reflection, with ideas for a personal worship, a praise theme, and items to be considered for thanksgiving, confession, and supplication.
Whether using a Bible-study approach, with thought-provoking questions, or a contemporary story illustrating a spiritual truth, Ann Spangler captures the true and deeper wonder of celebrating the feast of Christmas.
The compact size, the hardback binding, and the beautifully designed jacket make "Immanuel: Praying the Names of God through the Christmas Season" an ideal pre-Christmas gift. This daily devotional guide is a book that will be treasured and used time and time again for advent inspiration. Praying the Names of God through the Christmas Season is a wonderful way to rediscover the gift of advent.