Devotional Books

MB Seminary works together with our national constituency to develop devotional readings for the seasons of Easter (Lent) and Christmas (Advent). Each writer serves within an MB church or agency. The chosen Scriptures either span a book of the Bible or are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.

“Thank you for the opportunity to share in these Scripture-targeted reflections. I have used the devotionals for as long as they have been available, and continue to appreciate the open door to God’s heart which their words often provide. Thank you, Seminary, for leading the way in this respect!

Leila Hoffman
Highland MB Church, Calgary, AB

2021 – Advent

Our Advents Devotions resource is currently in production. The daily readings are a selection from some of the texts in the Revised Common Lectionary. You can subscribe to our Daily Devotions list to receive the devotion each day from November 28-December 25.

2021 – Easter

Our Easter Devotions resource features 47 daily devotions to guide you through the season of Lent. The readings from All Things New focus on the Book of Revelation and feature writers from MB Seminary and MB churches across the country. You can subscribe to our Daily Devotions list to receive the devotion each day from February 17-April 4, 2021.

2020 – Advent

The 2020 Advent Devotions resource featured the essential texts of the Christmas season. Twenty-seven entries reflected on a daily text that pointed to the promised arrival of the Messiah. You can sign up to receive future devotions of the day by subscribing to our Daily Devotions list.

2020 – Easter

Our Easter Devotions book was a free digital resource made available to those who subscribed to our Daily Devotions list. The readings took participants through the Gospel of Mark over 47 days (Feb 26-Apr 12, 2020).

2019 – Advent

Our Advent 2019 book featured daily devotions from 25 authors across Canada and was made available as an e-book. You can sign up to receive future devotions of the day by subscribing to our Daily Devotions list.

2019 – Easter

Taking Flight was designed for daily use during the season of Lent. Written by 47 individuals from the MB family across Canada, this book led readers through the entire Gospel of John from Ash Wednesday (March 6) until Easter Sunday (April 21).

Many of these devotions were previously published in MB Seminary’s 2017 book called Believe, but this updated edition featured seven new entries and numerous revisions.

2018 – Advent

Our 2018 Advent book led readers through 24 daily readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (December 2-25). The devotions were written by member of our MB family from across Canada. Thanks to the visionary generosity of a financial supporter of MB Seminary, ten complimentary copies of this book were sent to every MB church in Canada.

2018 – Easter

Follow Me is an Easter devotional book for the season of Lent, written by members of the MB family from around the world. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, this book will guide you through 47 different devotional readings and take you through the entire Gospel of Mark. Authors from Canada, the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, Lithuania, and Germany will invite you to renew your faith, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.

2017 – Christmas

Jesus Messiah: Christmas Devotions is a devotional book arranged by MB Seminary for families and individuals who want to take time for reflection during the Christmas season. Although Advent begins on December 3, 2017, Jesus Messiah begins December 1 and ends December 31. Readers will enjoy reflections from the Old Testament that will emphasize God’s call, God’s heart, and God’s promise to redeem. Traditional Christmas readings from Luke’s Gospel and Matthew’s Gospel will remind the reader of the amazing story of the birth of Jesus and even the stories that followed his birth. Thirty-one different authors from the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada have written these devotionals for you, your families, and friends to enjoy this Christmas season.

2017 – Easter

Believe is an Easter devotional book of 47 reflections the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada, covering the entire Gospel of John. Craig Keener writes, “Throughout John’s Gospel, many people become initial believers, but their initial faith proves insufficient without perseverance. John’s goal is not simply initial faith but persevering faith, discipleship. John’s purpose is to address believers at a lesser stage of discipleship and to invite them to persevere as true disciples” (Craig Keener, The Gospel of John, 1216).

Keener’s insight of a persevering faith is at the heart of why MB Seminary is offering this resource. Whether you call it the “season of Lent” or “the weeks leading up to Easter,” we invite you to take the time to read through the Gospel of John and believe.

2016 – Christmas

As We Wait is an Advent devotional book with 29 reflections from the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada. Scripture texts for each reflection were taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. The title “as we wait” carries an unfinished sentiment that invites the reader to anticipate the coming of Jesus in active ways that are consistent with what we are truly waiting for, thus the non-traditional cover (getting your hands dirty). The four themes that our contributors explored and reflected on are: Watch, Prepare, Proclaim, and Worship.

2015 – Christmas

Hear The Story is a four-week (27 day), family-friendly devotional book that uses the Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. The traditional themes of the Advent season guide the emphasis of each of the four weeks: hope, peace, joy and love. Each week the flow of the biblical texts allows for the readership to experience a movement from Old Testament prophesies and/or promises to New Testament fulfillment in Christ. All 27 reflections are written by our Mennonite Brethren family across Canada. We hope you enjoy hearing the story all over again.


2015 – Easter

Waiting For The Resurrection is a collection of readings for the season of Lent. Beginning Ash Wednesday, these 47 devotionals will guide the reader through various thoughts and reflections leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Each Sunday provides the reader a pause from the Revised Common Lectionary Scripture texts with a poem or reading from various authors.

The free PDF download is the 2016 reprint version of this devotional book.