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128 pages
Dec 2003

Handel's Messiah Family Advent Reader

by Donna W. Payne and Fran Lenzo

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"Hallelujah! Prepare the way of the Lord with this unique family devotional. Featuring portions of the libretto from Handel's Messiah, each daily reading offers an intriguing and scripturally based story behind a well-known Christmas tradition. Enhance your Advent devotions with the bonus CD, which includes portions of Handel's masterpiece. A wonderful way to celebrate the Lord's birthday!" --

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Are you ready for Christmas?

That's the question on everyone's lips during this season of celebration. Usually, it evokes a flurry of images: shopping lists, crowded malls, tinsel decorations, trays of decorated cookies, and strings of sparkling lights.

But there's another aspect to that question. A deeper meaning. One we too often forget to address. Maybe the more appropriate question would be:

Is your heart ready for Christmas?

What better way to prepare your heart for Christmas than to spend a moment each day of the Advent season in quiet reflection about the incarnation of the Savior whose birth we celebrate? Authors Donna W. Payne and Fran Lenzo offer this fresh and friendly collection of Advent devotional readings featuring the Scripture texts used to create Handel's Messiah. And each reading begins with an entertaining story that tells the amazing facts behind the symbols of Christmas. Find out about angels, swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense, myrrh, carols, magi, and more!

In just moments a day, you and every member of your family (from the youngest to the oldest) will come to a new appreciation of the rich meanings behind the lyrics of this God-directed classic.

The culmination of the volume of 28 readings is the Christmas Eve entry, a thought-provoking treatment of the Hallelujah Chorus titled "Why the King Stood Up."

There is no better way to prepare your family to stand in awe before His manger and kneel in worship before His cross than to join with the choir on the companion CD and sing wholeheartedly.