Jesus’ Unexpected Family TreeOur brand new book!
A New Advent Resource
Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree is a countdown calendar for the season of Advent. It anticipates the most important birthday of the year. All the people in Jesus’ family tree and all their stories point us to how great the need was for Immanuel to come and be with us. So at Christmas, when you are celebrating Jesus’ birth into a human family, remember how unexpected this was for God to choose these people. God surprised us all by putting on flesh and being in the family.
As you look at Jesus’ family tree throughout the month and see all the broken people in it, remember that God is painting you a picture that says, “I want to be near you. I want you so much that I will step into the mess with you and rescue you.”
We have included 25 ornament templates that can be colored and cut so you can interact with your family as you hang the ornament up for the the day of December. I will be posting tutorials with ideas and different artistic ways to create ornaments that will decorate your Christmas. Stay tuned!
Go to the purchase tab to be able to purchase the print and PDF version of the book.
Looking for artists!
I would love to see your artwork! Please take the pencil sketches on each page of the book and add color, or redraw with your own artistic design. Then submit your artwork to me at The Kristin Company Facebook page or to [email protected]. There are no age limits on this project. Email me if you would like a pdf of just the pencil sketches so that you can print a clean canvas.
We want to publish a colorful edition of this book next year and are hoping to pick from all the artwork that is submitted! Maybe it will be yours! I am looking for uniqueness, meaning, and a variety of mediums.
When you submit, you will be credited for your artwork and are agreeing to have it posted on the Facebook page and this website.
The Story behind the book
Read the story of how this project idea came to be here. It’s been in the works for years, but now it’s actually in a usable form! I’m shocked and wouldn’t have finished if it weren’t for Lorena, Ashleigh, and Sarah. Thank you, ladies! Join us this December as we test out the book.
Take a tour through the book
As I look at the cover I am amazed at what you can do with digital art. Sarah, at reflectingthedesigner.org, turned my little pencil sketches into an amazing sketch book look. The idea of art is a heavy theme in the book. God is the Grand Artist who takes the uglyand broken to make something beautiful.
The hardest part of this entire book was taking all the beautiful things you find in a Bible story and focusing it down to one theme, one paragraph. Lorena took the thoughts and pictures floating all over my papers and caught them, creating one beautiful picture of our amazing God.
There is also a template in the back of the book for Christmas tree ornaments. Cut out the front and back circle then glue them together over a string or ribbon. You can put one ornament on your tree everyday of December to countdown the days to Jesus’ birthday. I can send out a free pdf of the ornaments to use in your home as well.