Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Christian Christmas Condition by Scott Rankin

The Christian Christmas Condition: How Does Our Lord Feel About Christmas Today?Book Description:
What do you want for Christmas? We all hear this question everywhere, but author Scott Rankin invites us all to slow down for a moment and ask a different question... What does God want for Christmas? Our Lord desires that we become more Christ-like every day (1 Corinthians 11:1). To accomplish this goal, He tells us to renew our minds (Romans 12:2). But how do the Christmas holidays help accomplish this goal if so much busyness and stress make it hard to focus all our attention on Christ and completely rest in His peace? In an easy-to-read format, "The Christian Christmas Condition" takes a new and refreshing look by asking the question, “How does our Lord feel about Christmas today?” encouraging Christians of all ages to examine Christmas-time traditions from God's perspective. Filled with Bible references, this study will boost your faith, increase your knowledge, and strengthen you to fully honor Jesus in the midst of Christmas, traditions, and busy holiday activities, and reveal the secret of what God says in the Bible about Christmas today! Whether your family participates in Advent, Hanukkah, midnight mass, uses a Christmas tree, or watches for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, this powerful book encourages all Christians to become more Christ-like in our thinking and our actions each, and every day of the year... not just in the winter holidays! 

My Thoughts:
Wow.  The author does a really good job of calling Christians out for what we have let Christmas become.  He didn't do it in a harsh way, but it absolutely made me stop and think.  When he says at the start we all think 'Christmas isn't what it used to be'.  That's completely true.  We need to turn the focus back to God and not material things.
I agree with most everything he says through here.  My children never were told that Santa existed, the exact opposite actually.  But I never saw any harm in the concept either....until I read this.  I believe he is right that we need to put more of the focus on God and what the Bible says, no matter what the world says, labels us, or pushes back.  Christmas is literally supposed to be a celebration of Christ's birth.  We need to remember that and make sure that is what we are focused on.
It was a 4/5 for me.  It truly was thought provoking.  

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book via PUYB.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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