Sometimes the Advent season gets busy and the Christmas story seems over familiar. We’ve read it hundreds of times, we’ve heard Linus recite it for Charlie Brown, and perhaps you’ve even memorized parts of it yourself.
But years and schedules sometimes fog up the windows of history and we have a hard time seeing the wonder of that first Christmas in the hustle of the 21st century. We might feel a little ashamed for even thinking such a thing. Could it be that we are searching for the wonder of Christmas without looking to Christ?
Maybe what we need is a slow and thoughtful stroll through the story of the first Christmas in order to become fascinated once again.
If that sounds like something you’d like, then I have a gift for you!
I’ve written a free downloadable eBook called A Remarkable Advent: Stories of the Ordinary People God Chose to Fulfill His Extraordinary Plan.
In 25 daily readings A Remarkable Advent drapes the fabric of imagination over the framework of Scripture. Each reading includes a scripture, a devotional highlighting someone from the Christmas story, and a closing prayer.
If we slow down for a close look we might see Mary readjusting the knot on her belted waist. We might see Joseph wiping tears as he wrestles with what seems to be terrible nightmare.
This year, let’s take a fresh look at the familiar Christmas story. We will see it has always been God’s plan to use ordinary people in unfavorable circumstances to fulfill his extraordinary plan.
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My thoughts while reading this beautifully written retelling of the Advent events: If God is working on Elizabeth’s story to bring her His love out of her human feelings of disappointments and doubt, He is certainly working on mine too. If God allows Mary, the mother of his son, to feel shame and loneliness, He values me and my human brokenness too. I cherish Shauna’s words revisiting the faithful yet very human people and stories so important to God’s plan for sending his Son to earth. They will set your heart once again on Christ, not just Christmas.” ~ Tami
A Remarkable Advent caused me to carefully contemplate the details leading up to the birth of a baby that would forever change the world! God whispered to my heart through His word how much He loved me and is in every detail and circumstance of my life, drawing me ever nearer to my Savior.” ~ LeAnn
I was so blessed to be able to drown out the secular trappings of Christmas and tune in to SA Remarkable Advent. She made the characters of the Christmas story come alive in a fresh, vibrant way with application to life here and now. Thank you, Shauna!” ~ Ginny
I loved A Remarkable Advent! Shauna’s retelling of the Christmas story puts everyday flesh on the biblical characters and makes them easy to relate to.” ~ Pearl
A Remarkable Advent ‘humanized’ the stories of Christmas for me and fostered thoughtful consideration of the people who lived out such miraculous events in the mundane normality of everyday life. I was easily transported to that Biblical world and imagined myself being an observer and friend at that time. As I related those ancient events to my life today, it helped me understand and appreciate the miracles that abound all throughout the Christmas story. Those miraculous events happened to and were lived out by very normal people, a true testament to God’s incredible love for them and us.” ~ Kathie