Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Total Christmas Makeover By Melissa Spoelstra

In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.
Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.
In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season. 
Hi all! My name is Melissa Spoelstra. First and foremost I am a Christ-follower. I am madly in love with Jesus and addicted to the study of His Word. I am passionate about knowing Christ and inspiring other women to seek Him by opening our ears to listen to His Spirit, reading His Word curiously, asking questions, exercising good hermeneutics, and clinging tightly to God through the storms of life.

Talking about this stuff is much easier than actually living it out in everyday life. As wife to my awesome church planter husband Sean, and mother to four great kids, Zach(20), Abby(17), Sara(17), and Rachel(14), I am working out my faith on a daily basis. Between sports practices, doctor’s appointments, church stuff, and the minutia of everyday life, I need God’s Word to draw me back to the things of first importance. I hope this blog encourages you to do the same.

Other stuff about me. I have a degree in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute. I’ve had articles published in ParentLife, Women’s Spectrum and Just Between Us women’s magazines. I've written 4 women's Bible studies (Jeremiah, Joseph, First Corinthians, and Numbers) as well as Total Family Makeover (2016) and Total Christmas Makeover (2017). I’m following God through every door He opens and pray that all glory in these endeavors is His alone.
My Thoughts...

 Do you want to truly celebrate Christmas with your Savoir? This is your book.
This would be a great book for a small group, it has Questions for reflection at the end of the 31 devotions. Or it could just be part of your Bible reading each day with something to help keep your mind on the reason for the season. Jesus.
I think this would make a great gift.
I gave this devotional 4 stars. 
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. I would love to add this to my quite time.

  2. We all seem to get caught up in the less important parts of this time of year. Jesus is the reason so this will be great to have.

  3. I would love for the whole world to get the meaning of Christmas. This is a book to be shared it would seem.

  4. I love the whole idea of this book. I need a Christmas devotional.

  5. Sounds like a good book. Thanks Mary, this is a great review!

    1. Mable, You are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  6. I'm back. This is my post for day two.

  7. This would help to keep the true meaning of Christmas in perspective with our busy daily lives