Behold the Lamb of God: music and a book
One of my favorite things about this time of year is this music: Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God. It tells the covenant story of Christmas through music. If you're so fortunate to live in a city that welcomes the Behold the Lamb of God tour during the month of December, I'm very jealous of you. Aaron and I made it a part of our Christmas tradition while we lived in Nashville, and we still miss it. (Every year since, Nez and Leah send me a little video clip so I still feel like I was there . . . almost . . . not quite. =) It ends with the audience singing "O come let us adore him," and it's so beautiful and amazing to enjoy an evening of the Advent season at this concert. Anyway, since I can't enjoy the concert at the Ryman, I just turn it up on my iHome and sing really loud along with it. It's not the same at all, but it's okay. (I'll just grieve it forever probably.)
ANYWAY, you should have this album because it sings the Christmas story, reminding the listener why we celebrate this season and how the gospel story is woven from creation to the manger. You can listen to it here. From the website where you can buy it: "As of 2009, Andrew and his friends have told the story of the coming of Christ in this way for ten years, so they decided to celebrate the milestone with something special. The first disc features the most excellent 2008 live band, which included Bebo Norman, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, Ben Shive, Gabe Scott, Cason Cooley, Todd Bragg, and Garret Buell. Disc two features a remastered, improved version of the original album." (I was at the 2008 show. My friend and former PICU co-worker, Katie, was on the tour with her husband hanging out with Bebo Norman and Sara Groves, so I'm not as cool as her. I was at home working with my in-graduate-school husband. =) But anyway. I digress.)
As if the album wasn't awesome enough, now there is a book. Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative by Russ Ramsey.
Because I have kids waking up for a nap and can't think clearly enough to write a good review for you, I'll copy/paste what Pete Peterson said about it over here. "Here are twenty-five chapters, one to read each day from December 1st until Christmas day (if you wish), each revealing a new facet of the greatest story ever told. From the Garden, to ancient Egypt, to Davidic Jerusalem, to the breaking of the kingdom, and ultimately to the streets of tiny Bethlehem, Russ does for us all what Sally Lloyd-Jones has done so well for children: He magnifies the presence of Christ found in every beat of the biblical story and reminds us that, Hallelujah, the stories are true."