Following the success of their bestselling devotional Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens, youth ministry experts Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady offer devotions for Advent and Christmas that help teens make sense of the things that matter most in their lives such as relationships, their future, and coping with stress.
Realistic and easy to use, each daily devotion starts with a brief Bible quote that connects with a topic important to teens such as insecurity, pressure, trust, fitting in, finding hope, and choosing joy. A brief reflection helps teens consider the day’s topic through their faith.
The McGradys sometimes offer comfort, hope, or reasons for joy in these reflections, while on other days they issue a challenge or two. Unlike many other seasonal prayer books, each day offers exercises and activities such as naming areas of teen’s lives where they want to be more hopeful or to trust God more. The result is a closer relationship with God.
Each single-page, weekday devotion can be as brief as five minutes or as long as thirty if a teen chooses to do a bit extra with a feature called “Feel Ambitious?” This activity invites them to read, reflect, and respond to a longer scripture passage that connects to the day’s theme. Saturdays and Sundays offer additional challenges to reflect on the previous week and to look ahead to the next.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“User-friendly and relatable.”
“Finally, an Advent and Christmas booklet that my four teens will actually read and use! This is user-friendly with relatable reflections, practical to-do suggestions, and straight-to-the-heart prayers.”
Catholic blogger, speaker, and author of Live Big, Love Bigger
“Simple, authentic, challenging.”
“Simple, authentic, and challenging, this devotional booklet will help Catholic teens struggling with faith just as much as those already deeply connected to Christ. Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady provide concrete opportunities for conversion to Christ and deeper intimacy with the Father as we once again prepare our hearts, minds, and homes for the coming of Christ this Christmas.”
Fr. Adam Nowak
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
Allen Park, Michigan
“I can’t wait to share this book!”
“Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady speak to the heart of the young Church and illuminate prayerful and practical ways to encounter Jesus and to grow and live in his love. I can’t wait to share this book!”
Campus minister and theology teacher
Bishop Watterson High School
“Rarely do you find a resource for teens that meets them no matter where they are in their faith journey. Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady deliver with this simple, engaging, and powerful devotional.”
Marathon Youth Ministry