What an uplifting way to prepare your heart for Christmas! These daily Bible readings from Tom Parsons lead the reader through the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel, pausing along the way to focus on each of the joy-filled encounters which surrounded Jesus’ birth.

Each day’s reading is easygoing, but spiritually stimulating. Taking his lead from the characters who feature in the nativity story, Parsons takes the familiar narrative and draws out the wider faith lessons we need to learn from it. From historical accuracy and reluctant belief to amazement and worship, we see how the joyful good news of Christ’s birth changed hearts, fulfilled prophecies and saved mankind. If you’re looking for a book to read through Advent, I would gladly recommend this one.

Miriam Montgomery, Free Church Books