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The Advent Investigator: A Fact-Finding Devotional for Students and Their Families

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By Jamye Doerfler-PCA

Is there more to the story of Christmas than what we see in tabletop Nativity sets or drive-through reenactments?

The Advent Investigator challenges preteens, young teens, and families to look behind the scenes and dig into the facts and events that led to Jesus’s birth by using the who, what, where, when, why, and how of investigative reporting. Students (and adults!) will be led to “connect the dots” of history, prophecy, and the Incarnation as they study and then apply what they’ve learned to their own lives.

Each of the twenty lessons and the four bonus lessons contain rich, impactful application points grounded in solid theology but written in language young believers can grasp. Discussion questions and prayer prompts create opportunities for families to work through the content together. The concluding devotional reviews the findings and invites readers to investigate their own relationship with Christ.

The Advent Investigator is designed for students to work on their own and discuss with their families but may also be used in small groups or in a classroom. Additional resources for homeschoolers and Christian educators are available on the author’s website.

Endorsement: I love this devotional—not because it is another self-reflective Advent devotional for students, but because it is an engaging exploration of God’s Word. I believe parents and students alike will find it to be an awesome tool for equipping them to find the truth about Christmas, challenging them to not just read the Bible, but to investigate the transformative power of God’s Word in their lives, with a critical eye, asking questions that help them not only better understand Jesus’a birth, but hopefully, to better answer hard questions their friends may ask about Jesus.
– Joseph Parker, Family Ministry Pastor, Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA

I appreciate the many ways preteens, teens and families can use The Advent Investigator. There are multiple levels of challenge for what are probably already familiar scripture passages. Families are provided tools to develop continued devotionals with their students, while students are provided with skills to keep digging into Scripture on their own.
– Katie Flores, PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Author bio: Jamye Doerfler has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She is the wife of Peter, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America and mother of three boys. A fervent blogger, she writes about cultivating a joyful, faith-filled family life at
Publisher: CDM
ISBN: 978-1-944964-85-6
Item #: 15996
Binding: Paperback
Chapters: 24
Page Count: 91
Publication Date: 2023

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