Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross has been by far my favorite devotional over the years. It takes the reader through the Christian calendar week by week with short introductions, suggested Bible readings, and modeled prayers. It highlights such times as Advent and Christmas, and Lent and Easter, while bridging the gaps between those more special times with Ordinary Time. This devotion provides enough structure to give the year a sense of cohesiveness and integration, without being so structured that you feel guilty about missing a day or a week.
This book helps me as a Protestant feel more connected to the historical and global church as Christians throughout history and all around the world have followed and continue to follow a similar Christian calendar. For Orthodox and Catholics who perhaps already have that experience, I suspect that this book may be a bit more accessible and down-to-earth for many.
If you’ve been searching for a good devotional guide, I highly suggest giving this one a shot! What are some of your favorite devotionals? Comment below!