A Review of Advent Devotionals for Families and Teens

As Andy Williams famously sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” However, if we aren’t intentional to prioritize the Wonderful One of the season – Jesus – before we know it, our hearts and schedules will merely be filled with the wonderful things of the season.

Unfortunately, my desire for this focus usually exceeds my personal creativity, time, and discipline. Over the years I’ve been tremendously helped, both personally and with my family, by devotional Advent books. I’ve complied a list of various resources I hope appeal to a wide range of audiences, pointing all to the great gift in Jesus. I encourage you to grab one of these to lead your heart and your family further into the heart of Christmas this year!

By God’s grace, might we be filled this Advent season with purpose afresh, along with those around us, to focus upon the great gift of our God becoming a man in Jesus.


Each book appears below with a few key characteristics and a link to purchase:

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

  • Traces the coming of Christ through the Bible
  • Download & print or purchase accompanying Jesse Tree Ornaments

Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski

  • Includes activities, songs, and historical fiction story
  • Companion music available from Sovereign Grace Music on Spotify

Jotham’s Journey by Arnold Ytreeide

  • Historical Fiction
  • Follow Jotham’s exciting adventure in and around Judea in the year of Christ’s birth.
  • 1 of 4 Books in a series

All is Bright by Nancy Guthrie

  • Detailed coloring sheets for adults
  • Simplified coloring sheets for kids
  • Same devotional content as Guthrie’s “Let Every Heart”

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie

  • Includes song lyrics & prayers
  • Same devotional content as Guthrie’s “All is Bright”

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper

  • Daily excerpts from Piper’s sermons
  • Great book for personal devotions

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

  • Reading from 22 contemporary and classic theologians and Bible teachers.
  • Great book for personal devotions




David Brashler lives in Vancouver, WA. He entered vocational ministry in 2007. He was a Youth Pastor for over 11 years and was part of the Youth Ministry Steering Committee. Currently, he is the Associate Pastor of Saving Grace Church in Milwaukie, OR. He holds an engineering degree from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing an M.Div from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). He and his wife Claire have been married since 2005 and have four children. True to the Northwest, David enjoys the outdoors and high-quality pour-over coffee.

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