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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, 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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Specification

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


23 Mar 2024

“Theologically rich, encouraging, and directs your focus on Christ.”

I love that RC’s wisdom is still being compiled in books even after his death. This book is a compilation of text from 2 series of talks given by Dr. Sproul in his lifetime (The Messiah is Born and The Coming of the Messiah) with each chapter taking a keyword or character from the Christmas story and using it to mediate on the advent of Christ.

If you’ve read any of RC Sproul’s other books and have listened to one of his many sermons or series, then this book will feel like a familiar friend. It incorporates his usual wisdom and clarity as he explains detailed complexities of Christian doctrine in a very accessible way. It’s theologically rich, encouraging, and directs your focus on Christ.

This is a small, but mighty book as it progresses slowly through the details and characters of the Christmas story. Each chapter includes Scripture at the beginning and ends with a prayer written by other great theologians such as Sinclair Ferguson, Tim Challies, Steven Lawson, and Joni Eareckson Tada. This devotional will be a permeant place in our home library and will be brought out year after year. It’s shallow enough to read with children and yet deep enough for mature Christians to wade through. It’s exactly what you’d come to love and expect from the great, late RC Sproul.


26 Feb 2024

“Great Seasonal Read”

The Advent of Glory by R.C. Sproul is 24 day devotional using key Christmas words to meditate on the Advent (Arrival) of Christ. After every chapter is a prayer to reflect on the reading.
This book was edited by Sproul’s wife and uses mostly material from 2 of his talks “The Messiah is Born” and “The Coming of the Messiah”

• MY THOUGHTS - the book is good! I enjoyed it, it has natural easy reading flow which I appreciate.
Sproul references scripture and uses great similes & metaphors in descriptions, which shines when it comes to breaking down some of the original Greek text.
Also the chapters are brief so you can more efficiently manage to get the reading in throughout almost any part of your day.


23 Jan 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)


6 Jan 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.


20 Dec 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.


1 Dec 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


24 Nov 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.


20 Nov 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!


15 Nov 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


15 Nov 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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