Thirty Days with Mary and Joseph Thirty Days with Mary and Joseph
The Nativity Story Retold with Daily Readings and Prayers

Jo Glen
ISBN 9781853453939 (1853453935)
CWR, 2006

Category: Books for Children and Parents
Subcategory: Advent & Christmas

This colourful book is a must-have for any young Christian family for the Advent season. In these days of mass commercialisation of Christmas, it's great to find an alternative to chocolate advent calendars, which has a solid Christian message for children to engage with during the run up to Christmas.

The hardback book has been cleverly designed to open out into a wonderful, picturesque backdrop for the nativity story to unfold upon over the 30 days ahead. Once opened, it easily stands up unaided, ideal for bedside tables and mantelpieces. The spiral bound pages contain the daily readings and once complete flick neatly over the top of the growing nativity scene out of the way, ready for the next part of the story.

Each day one part of the Christmas story is retold using brief Bible readings, a short child-friendly reflective sentence or two, a prayer, and the placement of that day's bright and colourful sticker on to its place in the nativity backdrop. As the children listen to the daily readings and follow the story, the events of the first Christmas unfold before their very eyes. Brilliant!

This is not just another sticker book, nor is it just another advent calendar. Used wisely 30 Days with Mary and Joseph can be the most engaging teaching tool you will use with your child this Christmas.

David Fitzgerald, November 2006

David Fitzgerald is the Children's Minister at Emmanuel Church, Northwood. His work focuses on the the younger children in the church (from birth to Year 6). David is a graduate of London School of Theology, where he specialised in Children's and School's Ministry. He and his wife, Jo, have three children of their own.


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