Advent and Christmas

One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens

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Format: Booklet

Publication date: August 21, 2020

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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.

Product Details

Pages: 64

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646800018

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

FREE Video Series for Teens!

Week 1: Woken Up By Hope!

Week 2: Having Faith in the Mighty One

Week 3: Taking Joy in the Good News

Week 4: Finding Peace in Salvation

Christmas: The Word Became Flesh

New Year's: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wrap Up: Go Forth!

Self-Reflection for December

It can be complicated being a Christian teen. Not only do they have the newfound stresses of growing up, they are also starting to make their faith their own as they try to understand how God is involved in their lives. Knowing how to ready themselves for the Christmas season, a time of rest and celebration, is vital for their relationships with Jesus and with those around them. In Advent and Christmas: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens, Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady offer an answer to the question of what we should be doing more of to spiritually prepare for Advent and Christmas. With daily prayer, Bible reflections, and simple action steps, this little booklet will help your teen or teens in your parish navigate what really matters in their lives.

How to Use this Booklet

Advent and Christmas is a daily tool your teen can use to reflect and change the way they approach Advent and the Christmas season. Every day of the four weeks that this booklet encompasses starts with a Bible quote and ends with tasks, questions, and a prayer to bolster their spiritual quest. With a Bible and journal at their side, your teen can fully utilize the weekly challenges and reflections that it asks them to participate in.

Daily Activities Include:

Pick a Challenge

Every Sunday, this book will challenge the reader to help others and reflect on their own actions during the course of the week. For the third week of Advent, they can write a letter to every family member, spend fifteen minutes in daily prayer, or just take a moment to pray.

Grow Your Soul

Each weekday, the reader will read a short reflection on a passage from scripture. Every day is a chance for them to carefully examine what is going on in their life and how they are getting ready for the celebration of Christmas.

This Week's Wins

To wrap up each week, this book provides a few questions to help the reader reflect on the week that is ending. This exercise will show them how Jesus is already active in their life and how much they are doing to prepare for his birth.

Feel Ambitious?

If they want to further invest in the experience of the day, there is an additional simple challenge the reader can choose to take on. On the first Sunday of Advent, they are asked to consider how they would respond to an angel appearing to them. What would they say?

  • “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.”

    Kathryn Whitaker
    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
    Associate Pastor
    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!”

    Beth Simmonds
    Campus minister and theology teacher
    Bishop Watterson High School
    Columbus, Ohio

  • “Engaging.”

    “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.”

    Christopher Wesley
    Marathon Youth Ministry

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