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Overview Preparing My Heart for Advent challenges women to immerse themselves in Scriptures during the Christmas season so that they are more likely to keep Christ in Christmas rather than becoming entangled by the obligations and commercialism of the holiday season. Preparing My Heart for Advent accomplishes its purpose with a two-fold thrust, serving as both a seasonal Bible study and devotional. Each day of the November studies corresponds to a December devotional reading on the same topic. For example, readers will study Joseph on November 10th only to refresh their learning on this topic with a devotional on December 10th. Each week in the November Bible study portion offers thoughts for meditation and reflection. Spiritual significance is offered for common Christmas imagery, and the historical background of familiar carols is explained in detail. Suggestions are given with practical application for reaching out to others with the Christmas story. The December devotionals aim to keep readers in the Word of God during the busiest season of the year, celebrating and reflecting in a way that reinforces their studies in November. In the author s words, Preparing My Heart for Advent will encourage readers to stop, look, listen, and experience Immanuel God with us wherever we are. Put on a familiar carol, pour a cup of peppermint tea, and settle into a reflective look at a birth unlike any other.
"PREPARING MY HEART FOR ADVENT " "Does the holiday frenzy leave you jaded toward the real meaning of Christmas? ""Do you find yourself loathing "Christmas music" two days after Thanksgiving? ""Then STOP the Christmas Insanity " Preparing My Heart for Advent challenges women to immerse themselves in Scriptures during the months of November and December so that they are more likely to keep Christ in Christmas rather than becoming entangled by obligations and commercialism. It accomplishes its purpose with a two-fold thrust, serving as both a seasonal Bible study and devotional. Each day of the November studies corresponds to a December devotional reading on the same topic. For example, readers will study Joseph on November 10th only to refresh their learning on this topic with a devotional reading on December 10th. Each week in the November Bible study portion offers refreshing thoughts for meditation and reflection. Spiritual significance is offered for common Christmas imagery, and the historical background of familiar carols is explained in detail. Suggestions are given for reaching out to others during the season of giving. The December devotionals aim to keep readers in the Word of God during the busiest season of the year, celebrating and reflecting in a way that reinforces their studies in November.In the author's words, "Preparing My Heart for Advent" will encourage readers to "stop, look, listen, and experience Immanuel-God with Us-wherever we are. Put on a familiar carol, pour a cup of peppermint tea, and settle into a reflective look at a birth unlike any other
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher AMG Publishers
ISBN 0899570836 ISBN13 9780899570839
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More About Ann Marie Stewart
Ann Marie Stewart is the author of "Preparing My Heart for Advent: A Spiritual Pilgrimage for the Christmas Season," "Preparing My Heart for Easter: A Woman s Journey to the Cross and Beyond," and writes a bimonthly column titled Ann s Lovin Ewe. While completing her Masters in Film and Television at the University of Michigan, Ann directed award-winning film and video productions. Ann s twelve years of teaching music and English prepared her to present a study that is easy to follow. Ann and her husband, Will, and two daughters run a small sheep farm in Paeonian Springs, Virginia. She is an expressive and engaging speaker and singer for groups of all ages. More information can be found at: www.PreparingMyHeart.com.
Ann Marie Stewart currently resides in Paeonian Springs Loudoun Count, in the state of Virginia. Ann Marie Stewart was born in 1971.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Preparing My Heart For Advent?
Preparing my Heart for Advent - a unique Advent journey Jan 15, 2007
Our women's Bible study group studied this book this year. It was a wonderful spiritual journey; however, the amount of study involved surprised us as we were expecting it to lessen our stress load - not increase it. We ended up taking 10 weeks to complete the study because there was so much spiritual food plus interesting facts about our favorite Christmas carols. The daily devotionals for December - January 6th were an added blessing.
A Joy to the World Dec 8, 2005
Christmas for me just comes rolling in, with many to do's and a longing for the "joy" that is suppose to come with all those to do's. This book truly prepared my heart in so many ways, my Advent season will never be the same this year, and for years to come. The book led me to often feel like a detective sifting through many parts of the Bible, only to discover over and over again God's perfect plan and his saving grace for the world through Jesus. If you are one who is searching for a Christmas Joy that is deep and true, read this book, and it will lead you to a Joy that lasts. A book I will re-read every year!
Preparing My Heart Gives Christmas New Meaning For Me Nov 13, 2005
In her wonderfully clear style, Ann Stewart uses beautifully and simply stated word-pictures to give new life to the familiar old story of the first Christmas. As she reintroduces me to the the story's priciple figures, I'm attracted anew to long-forgotten details filling all of it with fresh new meaning. My wife and I are using Ann's book as our daily devotional guide leading up to Christmas. Has Christmas grown dull and cold to you? Let Ann help you Prepare Your Heart for Advent. You'll be forever glad you did.
What is the meaning Christmas? Oct 28, 2005
Sometimes in all of our good intentions, we get wrapped up in the preparations: baking goodies, meals, traditions, gifts and commercialism that has become part of the holiday. We forget to prepare our HEARTS as well. How ideal for Ann to delight us with the Word every day of November, when the stress and the chaos is beginning to close in on us. This study is a wonderful journey back in time. With scripture and a thought provoking lesson, Ann sets the stage for the most beautfiul story ever written, the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Christ! The study is written from a woman's perspective with our unique questions and concerns. It is sure to capture your heart, and light a flame for our Savior. You will not be the same after this book. It has changed the way I approach the holiday season. I am filled with a joy and peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I wish the same for you this Christmas. Please take the time for this study. You will be richly blessed.
Preparing My Heart for Advent is a Treat for the Busy Christian Oct 27, 2005
This book is a delight because the author recognizes our desire to approach Chritmas with joy and the crazy demands placed on all of that at that busy time of the year. I love the concept of "preparing my heart" in November when things are more calm and then reaping the rewards in December. I strongly recommend this book!