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This book is for the woman who craves a less crazed-feeling Christmas, who longs for a season that is intentional and full of joy. Including 25 devotions, each of them guilt-free, inspiring, and able to be read in 10 minutes or less!

As you prepare your heart for Christmas by reading through these pages, you’ll be inspired to drop the pursuit of perfection and chase holy.

It’s my prayer that we moms will make room for the peace and fullness of joy this season is meant to exude. I want my children to see me making room for Him in my inn, even amidst the to-do list. Whether it’s at the beginning of the day, before kids and life demand, or at the end of a long day before finally collapsing into bed – whenever you take a moment for yourself, I pray you allow the peace of the season to wash over you.

I want my children to see me making room for Him in my Inn.



This book includes 25 daily devotions, with each featuring: 

  • a Scripture or quote
  • a short devotion for your heart
  • a brief prayer
  • a question to ponder
  • something for your hands — a timesaving tip, tradition idea, etc.

Also included are:

  • Foreword by Lisa-Jo Baker, Community Manager at (in)courage and Author of Surprised By Motherhood, Never Unfriended and We Saved You A Seat
  • Six prayers for moms at Christmas time
  • Several tried & true, no-fail recipes

    Reading Days Until Christmas








    The print edition will be available in late October 2017. The ebook is available immediately

    Sometimes doing less is the best gift a tired mom can give her family. Which is why I’m so grateful for Anna’s stories. For how she opens her front door and invites us all in so that we can feel that we’re OK with our own piles of laundry and imperfect traditions and Christmas cards we forgot to send. Because she reminds us over and over again in a hundred different examples that motherhood isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being present. Lisa-Jo Baker

    Author, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom

    My friend Anna wrote this beautifully rich Advent devotional for busy moms. As a single woman and not a mom, I was worried if this devo would fit for me and my life but I wanted to support my friend. I shouldn’t have been worried at all. Anna’s words weaved together to create this beautifully rich Advent devo for women of all ages. It was just what I needed to slow down and savor the true meaning of Advent. Tara Ulrich

    Director of Youth & Family, First Lutheran Church - Minot, ND

    Meet the Author

    Anna lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three kids (ages 5, 3 and 1). She’s the Social Media Coordinator at incourage.me and shares her #realmomconfessions weekly. She loves talking with and speaking to moms, a good latte, and Christmas. She LOVES Christmas.

    May this book be the guilt-free breath of oxygen you’ve needed. May the stories and thoughts shared within its pages bring you peace instead of pressure, joy instead of guilt, convictions instead of expectations. And may you have yourself a merry little (moment of) Christmas.

    – Anna Rendell 

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