I’ve mostly stepped back from doing any reviews of books other than ones my children would enjoy, but this book and it’s subject matter really caught my eye.
Putting God Back in the Holidays – YES PLEASE!
This new book by Bill and Penny Thrasher is perfect for this holiday season, but it is not just about putting God back into Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Thrashers offer ways to invite Him back into twelve different holidays throughout the year.
What I love about this book is it is NOT just a list of activities to do and traditions to start. While there are some wonderful resources and ideas listed, the book focuses on many different ways to honor Him during the holidays including time for rest and continued daily disciplines – areas often lost in the holiday shuffle.
The holidays covered in the book include sections on:
*Good Friday and Easter
And chapters on:
*Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
*St. Patrick’s Day (YES! MY FAVORITE!)
*Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Fourth of July
Since Thanksgiving is just days away, I’ll share a few of my favorite tips from the Thanksgiving section of the book:
*Get a Psalter and learn one of the Praise Psalms together (Psalms 145-150).
*Read Washington or Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamations – loved this idea! The text of each is included in the book!
*Buy or make thank you cards and send to those who have blessed you, especially those who don’t usually get cards.
*Look back through photos from the year and remember God’s kindness and goodness.
And the list goes on and on!
Nothing incredibly fancy or complicated, but all centered on the One who deserves all of the thanks! I am thankful for this resource that guides us through a whole year of God-focused holidays – a legacy we want to leave for our boys.
And I can’t wait to focus on their Christmas suggestions – especially the rest part!
To celebrate this holiday season, I have two copies of Putting God Back in the Holidays to give away to two special readers!
Just leave a comment below – tell us how you keep God at the center of a certain holiday or which holiday you struggle with this the most!
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