The Carols of Christmas

Daily Advent Devotions on Classic Christmas Carols

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The most beloved Christmas carols arranged in 28 daily devotions for the Advent season.

The Carols of Christmas is a heart-warming devotional inspired by some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time. Inside, you’ll enjoy a fresh glimpse of some of the same joyful and nostalgic melodies you sing every year now set to personal reflections in this 28-day devotional journey.

The carols include “O Holy Night”, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” You’ll also discover intriguing stories and thought-provoking details like who wrote the carol; what was going on in their life that perhaps inspired the hymn; and how has God used this hymn throughout time.

The book is divided into four weeks of daily devotions, perfect for celebrating Advent or Christmas. Each week you begin by reading the history of the carol, followed by six daily devotions that reflect on a verse from the hymn along with a Scripture reflection. Traditionally, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, but the devotions are undated, allowing you to start at any time.

The Carols of Christmas includes:

  • 28 Daily Devotions
  • Inspiring stories behind each carol
  • Lyrics for each carol, including the original versions
  • Brief scriptural reflections
  • Large print format available for readers of all ages
  • Audio book available for those on the go

The Carols of Christmas is the ideal resource for personal reflection or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. It also makes for the perfect Christmas gift to friends, family, co-workers, and those who are homebound.

This Christmas, you can continue to enjoy the nostalgic songs that warm our hearts each year along with a better understanding of the carols and how they reflect our Savior’s birth.

Yes. The most important consideration was to convert the original, archaic language into simple conversational English without losing any faithfulness to Bunyan’s text. When compared to the original version, you will find no key element missing. What you will find is sentence construction and certain interpretations of character reactions modified or enhanced to produce a more contemporary style of expression without sacrificing the intrinsic message. Also, instead of using the antiquated term “stages” to separate book sections, you will find chapter headings and subdivisions.

This book only includes Part 1 which chronicles the journey of Christian to the Celestial City. Part 2 chronicles the journey of his wife and children.

The book is appropriate for all readers 12 and up and is a favorite of renowned authors such as Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, John Newton, George Whitefield, and many others.

Yes. The Pilgrim’s Progress Study Guide, available separately, will guide you through Bunyan’s masterful use of metaphors to a better understanding of key concepts of the book, supporting Bible passages, and the relevance to our world today. Each study question is ideal for group discussion and answers to each question are available online. 

No. Although, there are many versions of this Bunyan classic, this version is the only book made specifically for this study. Each chapter, sub section, and study question of both the book and study guide are designed to be used with each other. Other book versions will feel drastically different and not match up with the study questions and format of this study.

Amazon Reviews

VeronicaAmazon 5 Star Review
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Vermilye carefully wove modern day concerns into the framework of portions of the songs while pointing us to the tenets of our faith in a way that is approachable and welcoming to all.
PaulAmazon 5 Star Review
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This book would make a perfect early Christmas present for your favorite church choir director, singer, musical historian, or connoisseur of Christmas music. Get it before Thanksgiving!!
PamAmazon 5 Star Review
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This is great Advent devotional. Everyone loves Christmas carols, so this is a wonderful way to bring more meaning to the season. I enjoyed reading the fascinating histories of the chosen carols


Alan Vermilye
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Alan Vermilye is an Amazon Best-Selling author of many books, including his modern-day revisions of The Pilgrim's Progress and The Life and Death of Mr. Badman. He is also the author of the most trusted study guides for many C. S. Lewis classics, including The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape Proposes a Toast, The Great Divorce, and The Problem of Pain. In addition, he’s written study guides for the Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol, and his favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life.

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