The Advent of Glory

24 Devotions for Christmas

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Daily Advent devotions that will help you to slow down and appreciate the wonder of Christmas.

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These straightforward, short and profound Advent readings have been edited from talks given by much-loved Bible teacher, Dr R.C. Sproul, helping readers to benefit from his enduring insight and wisdom. They delve into the details of the Christmas story and reflect on how these impact our lives now, combining scholarly detail with heartwarming application.

Each day also includes a prayer written by a well-known Bible teacher of our own day, to guide your own reflections.

As R.C. Sproul observes, the narrative of the birth of Jesus is so familiar to many of us that ”the words just slip over us”. So, take the time to slow down and dwell on the words of the Christmas story so that you arrive at Christmas Day full of awe and wonder at the birth of Jesus.

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Contents

  • 1. Certainty
    2. Time
    3. Impossible
    4. Virgin
    5. Favor
    6. Mother
    7. Promise
    8. Redeemed
    9. Happened
    10. Ruler
    11. Bethlehem
    12. David
    13. King
    14. Government
    15. Room
    16. Empty
    17. Glory
    18. Angel
    19. Host
    20. Go
    21. Holy
    22. Waiting
    23. Face-to-face
    24. People

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Contributors R C Sproul
ISBN 9781784988913
Format Paperback
First published October 2023
Dimensions 128mm x 198mm x 15mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

John MacArthur

pastor and teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; president, The Master’s College and Seminary

Reading through this Advent devotional I could hear again, in vivid ways, R.C.’s voice. The warm, personable insights and grasp of divine truth that caused us to sit at his feet are captured again for all to hear as he expresses the wonders of the incarnation. A Christmas treasure!

Customer reviews


Jan 22, 2024

“Theologically Rich”

Rich in theological truth and application, this is an inspiring devotional that both engages and prepares your heart for the season of Advent.

I personally enjoyed the prayers at the end of each devotional and the insightfulness of several devotions including those on: Mary (“Mother”), being set apart (“Holy”), and Simeon (“Face-to-Face”).

Additionally, I love that this devotional is not only a wonderful resource for the Advent season, but one that can be referenced throughout the year for chronological or topical studies.

Thank you, The Good Book Company, for my copy in exchange for honest review.

(Star Rating: 4.25 stars)


Jan 5, 2024

“Family Reading”

I very much enjoyed reading this daily during advent. I wish it was a bit longer each day to feel more hearty, but it was nice to be able to easily read it at the dinner table and talk about the prompt at the end. Maybe it was the prompt questions that felt more simple in hindsight, because some of the days readings really challenged me or taught me something new. I adored the prayers that were added at the end of every chapter! It was great to read out load over the family or just to myself as I meditated on the devotion that day. This isn't something that replaces your daily Bible reading, but it was something fun to read additionally. I'll probably read it again next advent and maybe make it a family thing! I think it was more fun the days we read it as a family than the days I read it alone.


Dec 19, 2023

“Short but Insightful Daily Readings”

These short readings have been so good to help my focus on the true meaning of this festive season. I can get so caught up in the to-do lists & wanting to make everything perfect & magical for my family that I am just a ball of stress. It's been good to slow down this advent season & have more reminders of what this season actually means. Each devotion focuses on a single word that is part of the Christmas story. The thoughtful meditation each day has been so challenging yet helpful for my soul this season.


Dec 9, 2023

“An Encouraging 24 Days in the Christmas Story”

(Review written for 'The Advent of Glory (ebook)')

Many advent devotionals stay in just one part of the Bible, but I really like that this one works its way through a number of different passages, including both the Old and New Testaments, to show us the depth of the story of that first Christmas. This one is particularly good because it also includes prayers each day written by a number of pastors, and these prayers are actually one of the best things in the book! A great option if you’re looking for a devotional that takes about 10 minutes each day.


Dec 5, 2023

“The most beautiful of Advent reflections”

(Review written for 'The Advent of Glory (ebook)')

R.C. Sproul was a widely recognised and highly respected Reformed theologian who had a distinctive gift for teaching and writing, many of his books and lectures continue to influence and nurture a whole new generation of believers. He was also the founder of Ligonier Ministries and even though he went to be with his Saviour six years ago, his great legacy of work and ministry lives on in the form of the wonderful spiritual deposits that he left behind.

“The Advent of Glory” is one such deposit - a collection of 24 devotions for Christmas and it does seem fitting that, since R.C. Sproul went to be with the Lord during Advent in 2017, his beautiful Advent writings should be published in a single volume this Christmas.

Each of the 24 chapters takes one key word from Christmas story and uses it to meditate on the Advent of Christ, the chapter then concludes with a question for the reader to reflect on and a prayer reflecting on what has just been read. I particularly loved the fact that these prayers were written by good friends and associates of R.C. Sproul — Chris Larson, Tim Challies, Stephen Lawson, Rosemary Jenson, Sinclair Ferguson and Joni Eareckson Tada.

I have been really blessed in reading these devotions to help me focus my heart and mind on the Advent of Christ during the busyness of this season, often finding myself being deeply stirred afresh by the wonder of the incarnation of Christ through these simple devotions. Sproul had such a gift in writing with a lucid simplicity and depth that gets right to the heart of the biblical theme and explaining it with such great clarity.

In conclusion, these beautiful Advent reflections bring the reader away from all the noise and busyness of life and help to focus more deeply on what the birth of the Messiah really means.

*Disclaimer: TGBC kindly provided me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


Dec 1, 2023

“Perfect little book!”

What a very quick devo to read with yourself or maybe your spouse before bed. Each devo is about 2 pages long! Lots of great truths and scripture throughout. And I loved the prayers at the end of each day from various people- I love what they added to the “day”.

One of my favorite parts of this devo was that each day felt with a new aspect to the Christmas story. Maybe some perspectives you’ve never thought twice about. My fave being day 23: Simeon. I think these perspectives really added to the beauty and joy of the birth of Jesus!

This book is very easy to get through during the Christmas season! It was nice to read in bed at the end of the day! Highly suggest you to read this if you’re looking for something to go along with your advent reading.

Thank you Good Book company for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


Nov 23, 2023

“Theologically Rich”

Where can you find wonder during the holiday season? In The Advent of Glory, R. C. Sproul shares 24 devotions for Christmas.

Awe-Inspiring

This book was edited from the transcripts of two series of talks given by the late R. C. Sproul. If you are familiar with his ministry, you undoubtedly hear him in these pages. I could hear his voice with every word.

Each chapter will allow you slow down and appreciate the details in the Christmas story. Anchored around key-word phrases such as “Impossible,” “Promise,” and “King,” these short devotions are awe-inspiring.

Theologically Rich

The book features prayers after every chapter, written by Sinclair Ferguson, Tim Challies, Joni Eareckson Tada, and more. Reading them is a theologically-rich way to direct your gaze towards God.

Reading this book was like injecting a concentrated dose of joy to my daily devotions. See the Christmas story again with wonder and spur your heart towards worship.

I received a media copy of The Advent of Glory and this is my honest review.


Nov 19, 2023

“Prepare your heart for Christmas”

The Advent of Glory; 24 Devotions for Christmas by RC Sproul. This book is great to prepare your heart this Christmas season. Each section is just a couple of pages long allowing for you to reflect on a specific part of the Christmas story, connecting it to your own life and faith journey today. There is a question at the end of each devotional to help you think about applying what your read followed by a prayer. I found it most helpful to read the prayer aloud.
This was actually the first advent book I had ever read and it inspired me to ensure I do something for advent each and every year!

Thanks to the good book company for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


Nov 14, 2023

“Excellent devotional”

I am really enjoying this well thought out and comprehensive devotional for advent. I really appreciate the various aspects of the story of Christ’s birth that are explored and the thoughts Sproul adds. Highly recommend


Nov 14, 2023

“Theological Depth & Heartwarming Application”

(Review written for 'The Advent of Glory (ebook)')

The Advent of Glory is a radiant Christmas devotional curated from the profound insights of the highly respected Dr. R.C. Sproul. This five-star literary masterpiece which I so highly recommend is a testament to the enduring wisdom of a beloved Bible teacher, offering a resplendent tapestry of reflections that shines a brilliant light on the wonder of Christmas.

The Advent of Glory stands out as a radiant gem. Dr. Sproul's eloquence, distilled from his timeless talks, unfolds a narrative that captures the essence of Christmas. Each two-page devotion is a sacred sojourn, a moment of serene reflection, a transcendent respite amid the festive flurry.

This devotional exceeds the ordinary, unveiling new facets of the familiar Christmas narrative. Daily explorations of themes like Simeon on Day 23 inject fresh insight, sweet beauty and amazing joy into the birth of Jesus, providing readers with perspectives that enrich the season with newfound meaning.

The inclusion of prayers by luminaries like Tim Challies, Joni Earekson Tada, and Sinclair Ferguson adds a beautiful layer to the devotional experience. These prayers, delicately placed at each day's close, echo the day's exploration, forging a profound connection with God and infusing depth into the reader's spiritual journey when personally applied.

Edited by the esteemed Vesta Sproul, Dr. Sproul's wife, The Advent of Glory is a testament to his enduring legacy. It melds theological depth with heartwarming application, ensuring readers bask in the brilliance of both remarkable scholarship and tender sincerity.

Beyond the Christmas season, The Advent of Glory extends a warm invitation to a year-round journey of discipleship. Dr. Sproul's prayer encapsulates this journey - a quest to intimately know the love of Jesus and share it abundantly, day after day.

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