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The One True Gift

Daily readings for advent to encourage and inspire

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An inspiring Advent journey into the heart of the Gospel message as you prepare for Christmas.

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Christmas is meant to be full of joy and light; but all too often it is spoiled by grumbling and arguing. So this year, prepare to encounter Christ afresh in a way that will make you a bearer of peace and goodwill all season long.

In these 24 short daily readings for Advent, Tim Chester peels back the layers on Philippians 2. Each day includes ideas for reflection, prayer and application, designed to excite you about the One True Gift—the Lord Jesus—in the run-up to Christmas Day.

This collection of inspiring readings also comes with hymns, carols and prayers to help you prepare your heart for Christmas.

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  • 24 daily readings from Philippians chapter 2

  • Daily points for reflection and meditation.

  • Includes a prayer each day.

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Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781784982225
Format Paperback
First published October 2017
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 9.4mm
Weight 0.14 kg
Language English
Pages 128
Publisher The Good Book Company

Keith Sinclair

Bishop of Birkenhead

Tim Chester’s writing is clear, fresh and allows the light of God’s word to shine brightly. I am looking forward to using Tim’s book in Advent and I hope many will too. Advent focuses on true gifts which we neglect at our peril; there is accountability, there is a God who cares, there is a universe in which the kingdom of God has come and will come. Don’t let Advent be taken over by Christmas, use Tim’s book to discover more of the one true gift.

Chris Wright

International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership

Read and pray your way though this Advent book and your Christmas may be very different from previous ones. Or rather, you may be a very different person this Christmas, which is rather more important. Of course, it’s not all about you, it’s all about Jesus Christ, but if you are IN Christ, then actually it is all about you too. Tim Chester fills out the wonderful words of Paul in Philippians with delightfully written short reflections, full of fresh images and comparisons and in a style that is very easy to read, though less easy to live. You’ll feed on some very rich biblical theology, bite-size but deeply nourishing.

Kristen Wetherell

Ministry Content Manager, Unlocking the Bible, and co-author of Hope When It Hurts

Rich in biblical truth and robust in its theology, The One True Gift is a treasure you’ll want to enjoy this Advent season (or any time, really). Tim does a magnificent work in lifting our eyes to the God-man, Jesus Christ, helping us apply his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and glorious return to our daily experience. Take this devotional slowly; there’s so much to see and savor in its pages!

Independent reviews

Preparing our hearts for Christmas

Clarina Sims, Clarina's Contemplations, 17 Nov 2017

If you're looking for something to walk you through a Christ-centred Advent this year, then start here. It's small, it's short, it's rich and rooted in Scripture, and the perfect way to help you keep your eyes fixed on the real meaning of Christmas this year.... continue reading

Customer reviews

1 Jan 2023

“An inspiring book in preparation for Advent”

I found this book had a slightly different approach as Tim Chester based each daily passage of readings on verses from Philippians which summarised thought provoking aspects of the nature and affect of Christ’s Birth as a Babe in a lowly manger, rather than a set of passages directly describing different stages of th actual historical story. The Biblical story was there so well described.

23 Dec 2019


Bought this book for myself and a friend so we could use it over advent and share our thoughts. It's been amazing and we've both found it challenging but encouraging to work through. Nearly finished now and can honestly say it's been fantastic.

4 Jan 2019

“Great advent readings”

(Review written for 'The One True Gift (ebook)')

We read these together as a family (kids are 8&10). They were very thought provoking & resulted in wonderful discussions. Our girls actually got more excited about the readings than their advent calendar treats.

The chapters would be a bit long & complex for younger kids & are more suited to adults unless you are prepared to discuss & explain them, but they are itterative, and build logically upon each other.
I don't recommend trying to digest more than one chapter a day though, as you are likely to miss some of the deapth & beauty.

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