Christmas is just around the corner, yet again! Let’s make this holiday season special, by picking one of the best Christmas devotional books or Bible study picks to keep us focused on what really matters!
Christmas devotionals that focus on generosity and kindness. Messy situations and seasons used for God’s glory.
Together we can step outside the hustle and rest in God’s love. I want to share some of my favorite Christmas Bible study and devotional books with you, to get you started!
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Best Christmas Devotional Books
The best Christmas devotional books aren’t complicated. A few minutes to uplift and refocus our attention on the point of the season (whether you celebrate in December, or September or, all year long)
Why Read A Christmas Devotion?
Because Christ is kind of the point. And his arrival on earth is something to be celebrated. As I shared in another post on devotionals, devotion is love, loyalty and enthusiasm, so as Christians, we should certainly have (and show) daily love, loyalty and enthusiasm towards God and kingdom living. So reading a book that will help, sounds like a good plan, don’t you think?
But where to start… I mean, Amazon has hundreds of Christmas devotionals, so how do you choose?
Christmas Devotional Ideas
Maybe you want to start simple, with my friend Racheal’s Advent Bingo Scripture calendar.
Or maybe Heather’s Christmas Card project would be more meaningful if you have a little extra time.
These Christmas-themed Adult coloring book pages are only $3 right now, and the proceeds go to supporting a fantastic ministry that helps young adults as they age out of foster care.
Christmas Devotional Stories
I read a fun set of Christmas devotional stories a few years back, that wove together short stories in a cafe, with the scents of Christmas, and dove into information and meaning behind those scents. It was fascinating and meaningful.
Before Christmas: The Story of Jesus from the Beginning of Time to the Manger has been on my wishlist for a couple of years, and I am excited about reading it. The way all the prophecies and promises weave together, and how the people would have recognized the clues, even if they came in an unexpected way, I think this is going to be awesome!
The book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas can be a great devotional time, as it’s filled with inspirational stories on how those classic songs came to be written. It doesn’t have to be “written as a devotional” to make a wonderful Christmas devotional.
Liz Curtis Higgs’ The Women of Christmas is a fascinating look into the first Christmas through the eyes of Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna. The way the author pulls you in is just wonderful!
Reading holiday fiction is another great way of getting in some Christmas devotional stories in. Using my free Reading Devotional tool, you can turn any book into a devotional!
One of my favorite books this works with, is A Miser, A Manger and a Miracle. This book is a mash-up of A Christmas Carol with the actual Nativity story. Complete with an innkeeper named Ebenezer and an assistant’s sick little boy named Timothy, it’s a page-turner that makes you think!
Best Christmas Devotional Books for Families
The Storybooks for Advent series is a beautiful collection. Each of the four books takes a different 10-year-old kid from Jesus day, and walks them through the Advent story. A shepherd boy, a fisherman’s son, a shepherd’s daughter, and the son of one of the wise men.
Each book daily readings for the full advent season, and has a guide on how to break up the shorter readings for the last week, depending on what day of the week Christmas falls on. The Biblical fiction aspect draws listeners of all ages, though naturally, as it was a hard life and bad things happen, you’ll need to be a bit more careful with extremely sensitive listeners. For example, Jotham is kidnapped to be sold as a slave, and Bartholemew’s village suffers a raid by Roman soldiers (also for slavery purposes). Both are rescued, but it does get intense.
The Operation Christmas Child Devotional would be a great way to help your family focus outward this Christmas. Then perhaps you could start collecting items for next year’s shoeboxes throughout the year, making it less pressure in November because the work will already be done, while keeping the meaning of Christmas focused all year long!
I just spotted A Jesus Christmas, which is a 25 day Advent devotional exploring Jesus’ truth to counteract satan’s lies. It looks great. very interactive, and even has a parents guide and activities. And a sequel.
And the Jesse Tree Devotional traces Jesus’ ancestry and has ornaments you can make for your tree, too!
Or you might want to choose a different Christmas picture book each day, and have a meaningful time together.
Christmas Devotional For Moms
Christmas Peace for Busy Moms by Sarah Geringer is a book of 25 short Christmas devotions, expressly written to help busy moms find that elusive peace in the midst of the chaos in the Christmas season. There are a lot of practical tips and ideas, so you may want to start this one in November, instead of using it as an Advent devotional. That way, you can start the Christmas feeling a bit early, and probably simplify the month of December a bit more than normal!
The Weary World Still Rejoices by Amanda Geidl is a 25 day short devotional with questions to ponder each day. It appears to be a deep dive on a small scale, if that makes sense. Small bytes, but deep thoughts.
Best Christmas Bible Study Books
It’s a Wonderful Life! There’s a Christmas Bible study inspired by/based on It’s a Wonderful Life! It’s a 5 week study with free online videos (approx 10 minutes) and less than 1 hour of homework per week. You should probably watch the movie first, as a refresher, but video clips are included, so you don’t have to…
Lee Strobel’s Case For… series is always fascinating, and the Case for Christmas is here, in a complete set with The Case for Easter, and the DVD! That way you can be prepared for both of these special seasons. I love the way he shows the evidence and research.
The Star of Bethlehem is an unforgettable Christmas Bible study. It’s a DVD, not a book, but you’ll find yourself taking notes, hitting pause, and watching this repeatedly, in order to absorb the information. It starts a little slow, with the reasons this lawyer started doing all this reasearch. But once he gets into sharing what he found, you’ll be glued to the screen. At least I was!