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John Piper recommends new Advent Devotional by David Mathis

CHARLOTTE, NC– It’s not uncommon to have trouble getting into the “Christmas spirit,” and that may especially be the case in 2020. John Piper understands. In a recent video on Desiring God, Piper offers encouragement and the recommendation that The Christmas We Didn’t Expectby David Mathis is a wonderful resource for renewing awe and wonder during Advent (The Good Book Company, October 2020).

Along with Piper’s recommendation, several other videos connected to this Advent devotional are inspiring Christians to adore Jesus—the One who came to save us and make our futures certain.

Watch now:

John Piper’s Advent devotional recommendation– Learn why this book is meaningful to John Piper.

David Mathis and Desiring God’s invitation to readers– An invitation to walk the path from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and from Galilee to Jerusalem, in all its unexpected twists and turns.

The story behind the devotional– Discover the heart of this book and its structure.

A reading of the poem “In The Bleak Midwinter”– Listen as David Mathis reads a Christmas poem inspiring awe of Christ.

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About the author: David Mathis serves as a senior teacher and executive editor at Desiring God, and is a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul. Mathis currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife and four children.

About The Good Book Company: Founded in 1991, The Good Book Company (TGBC) is an international Christian publisher. Their Bible studies, books, devotionals, videos, tracts, evangelistic courses, and training materials are used throughout the English-speaking world, and in translation in over 35 languages worldwide. Everyone at TGBC is passionate about the Lord Jesus, His word, His church, and His gospel of grace. They create and publish biblical, relevant, and accessible resources that will encourage Christians to keep going, keep growing, and keep sharing their faith.