Do you look forward to getting to Christmas to give you a lift, or just aim to get through Christmas, without any family arguments? Often, we're so busy getting to or getting through that we don't actually get Christmas—and when we miss its meaning, we miss out on a joy that lasts. This book takes you on a journey to find a joy that continues through the ups and downs of lDo you look forward to getting to Christmas to give you a lift, or just aim to get through Christmas, without any family arguments? Often, we're so busy getting to or getting through that we don't actually get Christmas—and when we miss its meaning, we miss out on a joy that lasts. This book takes you on a journey to find a joy that continues through the ups and downs of life—and beyond. Perfect for giving away at Christmas services, or to non-believing friends and family....
|Title||:||rescuing christmas the search for joy that lasts|
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|Number of Pages||:||66 Pages|
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rescuing christmas the search for joy that lasts Reviews
The author tells us that while Christmas is a day of great enjoyment for many, sometimes he just finds himself wanting to get through Christmas day intact. Face it, the Christmas season can be both joyful and stressful. Christmas can also be a very sad time, reminding you of who you’ve lost or who you’ve never had, or of what you’d hoped to achieve or change this year but never did. Perhaps this year, for very good reason, you’re simply trying to “get through Christmas”. In this short book, he asks us to imagine whether Christmas could be rescued from the stress or sadness of just getting through Christmas. He asks us to imagine a joy that lasts and endures past Christmas. He tells us that indeed, Christmas does offer that kind of joy. He tells us that the people who experienced the first Christmas and understood its meaning found a joy that did not fade, and we can as well. The author writes that if we get the meaning of the first Christmas this Christmas season, then we will get the feeling of joy, and find that it is a feeling that lasts. That’s the aim of this book, in which he focuses primarily on what happened after Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The author tells us about the Magi who came from the east came to Judea. He states that the gifts they gave to the Christ child tell us why the meaning of Christmas can be summed up in the word “rescue”. He tells us that the gift of gold tells us what we are rescued from. The gift of frankincense tells us what we are rescued for. And the gift of myrrh tells us what we are rescued by. The author writes that these gifts tell you everything you need to get the message of Christmas, and to feel overjoyed by the message of Christmas, just as the Magi did. The author states that we are rescued from our rejection of God, we are rescued for relationship with God, and we are rescued by the death of God. He tells us that when we understand that the meaning of Christmas is rescue - a rescue from our rejection of God, a rescue for relationship with God, a rescue by the death of God – then we begin to see that true joy is found not in getting to Christmas, or in getting through Christmas, but in getting Christmas—in grasping its meaning and experiencing its feeling. This small book is priced such that you can by multiple copies to give to friends and family, and I would encourage you to do just that this Christmas season.
An incredibly engaging, quick read that expands on the story of the Magi from the Nativity. I really enjoyed Lafferton's writing style. His illustrations were spot on and funny. He writes with the charm of a friend sitting down for a cup of coffee. I wish I had read this before Christmas so I could have shared a few copies before the Holidays.
Engaging and amusing regarding a significant issue. For one who accepts the authority of scripture it is an excellent read. For those who do not accept the veracity of the nativity narratives it will give food for thought.