A Way in a Manger by Amy Brady ~ Review

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A Way in a Manger by Amy Brady

I really enjoy devotional books, especially when they have a theme or a central thought to them. In this case, this one focuses on the names of God’s Son assigned to Him by Scripture. The author’s theme comes from the Bible verse in Isaiah 9:6 which states that He shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. With this as her outline, each week is dedicated to a series of devotionals focused on one of the above 5 names.

Some people like to read Advent material for the month of December. But when I read this devotional, I realized it wasn’t limited to Advent material. The contrast I think is that Advent is traditionally about the events of Christmas, the history surrounding it and the timeline, this book is more of a devotional with the intention of helping us view Christmas in a new and fresh way. The author provides more insights to the five characteristics mentioned in Isaiah as Jesus lives in us day by day as our Savior and Lord. It is not about the baby in the manger, but about the Jesus who rose from the dead and lives in our hearts and lives right now.

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The author’s conversational style makes this book’s pages easy to understand, as if it were two people carrying on a conversation in a small cafe over a cup of coffee. Each day there is a “Passage to Ponder,” some unique insights and some questions to make us think. I gained several different perspectives that gave me more to think about when I read this book. This is the type of material I will enjoy reading and re-reading for many years to come.

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