Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Heather Hart’s devotional, Christmas is Coming, teaches and transforms through examining the events surrounding the birth of Jesus and his ministry on earth. In the book, Christmas is not a past event to be commemorated, but the celebration of an ever-present Savior. In the first chapter, Christmas is Foretold, the section seeks to highlight the purpose of Christmas that is in accordance with God’s plan. It captures the anticipation of the Jews who had been waiting for a Messiah for years. The prophets from the Old Testament had foretold of the coming of a Savior, whom the Jews had been waiting for. Unfortunately, many missed a relationship with him as they had expectations of him that were different from God’s plan. Other chapters continue the theme of the meaning and the blessings of Christmas.
Christmas is Coming by Heather Hart views Christmas from various perspectives that reflect on the meaning of the birth of Jesus and his ministry. It takes a unique approach as it shows how the event of Jesus’s birth and his works are still impactful and life-changing today. The work is founded on scriptures that are quoted in the book. It also centers on inspiring experiences of biblical characters. It gives reasons for looking forward to Christmas by focusing on its true meaning such as viewing Christmas as a reflection of the unchanging love of Jesus that is not dependent on our efforts, successes or failures. Christmas is Coming connects the past with the present, inspiring us to view Christmas with fresh eyes and to see Jesus’s love and his presence in our circumstances.