Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian's response to a culture that seems to be declaring war on traditions and the Bible!
Christmas - with its holiday lights, bright packages, and nativity displays - has become a controversial frontline in the increasingly intolerant culture wars. Whether or not to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays," how to refer to the tree, and just how "biblical" Christmas may actually be is debated online, during city council meetings, and in courthouses each year.
Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school and festivities, Christmas should be a time of peace and love - not arguments over who can celebrate what and where or when. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? Nativity scenes are nixed and even the word "Christmas" is considered offensive by some. Get the facts behind the history, relevance, and biblical connections of this beloved holiday:
Is it a bunch of pagan symbols or traditions "Christianized" for the celebrations?
Why is a Christian concept of Christmas so important for those who don't believe in Jesus?
Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?
Honestly, I read this book rather quickly. It was pleasing to see how these authors connected Christmas to the Bible, and gave the scriptures for readers to read it for themselves. I was not able to reference my Bible as I read, but you better bet your booty that I will the next time I read it.
With all of the hoopla going on with Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, and A&E, I think it is very important that people go to their Bibles and read everything for themselves. This applies to everything!
The saying you hear at Christmas time, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, is right. Christians believe this, and will stand their ground when disputed. Take this book for instance! There is a War on Christmas. There are lots of people wanting to take "Christ" out of Christmas, are they non-believers or just wanting to be politically correct? Believe it or not, sometimes being politically correct means that you are not proclaiming your faith.
This book proves to me that there are people out there that aren't afraid to put their beliefs out there, make a stand for them, and try to reach those that are in doubt.
The different sections of this book are:
What about Christmas? - Confusion and Misconceptions - It's All Baby Jesus - How Christmas Came to Be - The War on Christmas
Read this! Study the timeline! Study the facts! Study the Bible right alongside this book!
Let's keep Christ in Christmas! If we keep Christ in our day, everyday, then why should Christmas be any different?
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Step into the locker rooms and living rooms of NFL players and their families to see how a close relationship with God guides football's biggest stars.
In a behind-the-scenes, off-the-field glimpse into one of America's most beloved sports, Men of Sunday reveals how Sunday's greatest rely on God to face issues such as drug abuse, family crisis, injuries, and temptations resulting from fame and fortune.
Compiled from dozens of interviews, Men of Sunday marks the intersection of two Sunday traditions: faith and football. Inspired by the league's "systemic shift" toward embracing Christianity, Bloomberg writer Curtis Eichelberger shows how God is a source of comfort when facing the unique challenges of life in the NFL and the everyday challenges of maintaining strong families and building character.
Featured personalities include
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy
San Diego Chargers pastor Shawn Mitchell
Danisha Rolle, wife of former Tennessee and Baltimore defensive back Samari Rolle
And many more Men of Sunday is a must-have for any football fan, teaching the invaluable lesson of trusting in the Lord—both on and off the field.
This book was not really what I expected it would be, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I expected it to be more like a Chicken Soup for the Soul for Football Fans. A small insight into their Christian lives, and it is, but it is so much more.
Not only do we get to read about some of their personal walks with God, we also get a feeling of what it is like for them on the field. How some of them struggle with how to be a Christian while playing a pretty brutal game, and how they work through it all.
As a Christian football fan, I was anxious to learn about my fellow Christians and stars of the NFL world. I was pleased to read about the team pastors, coaches, and wives. I was sucked into their world for just a few minutes while I read their stories. My heart broke as they dealt with horrible loss, and at the same time rejoiced for them when God answered their prayers.
I don't typically re-read books, but this is one that I know I will read again. It is a great book, and you would be crazy not to pick one up for yourself.
I received a free copy of this book via BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, BookSneeze.
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From the back of the book:
What started as a simple, late night stroll to clear his head from the pressures and hassles of life turned into a life changing moment.
Are your eyes open to the wonder you might experience on a walk of your own?
This review has me bumfuzzled. Why?
I absolutely love this book! Love it!
So, why would it be so hard for me to write a review on a book that I really, really love?
I am afraid that I will not find the right words to express how I feel about this book, but I am going to try. Here goes nothing.
This book is just shy of being a 7-inch square hardback book. It has 96 pages, and some of the prettiest artwork ever. It is small and simple, but this little story has a huge impact!
Al Andrews wrote this story about a man taking a walk on a cold winter evening "to clear his mind of all the clutter and stress of the season." The man walks by a front yard that has the nativity scene displayed. He would normally walk on by, but on this cold and rainy night something caused him to stop.
I won't tell you what he witnessed, or what he saw. You will have to get the book to see for yourself. But I will tell you some of my thoughts after I finished this book.
My very first thought was that I needed to share this book. I wanted my husband to read it, my mother, sister, grandmother, best friend, church family, everyone!
My second thought, I only have one copy and I can't possibly pass it around to everyone by Christmas. I must buy several copies. Must!
My third and final thought, how in the world am I going to express to the world how much I like this book!
Below I am going to post a little more about A Walk One Winter Night, and Mr. Al Andrews. If you would like your very own copy of A Walk One Winter Night leave a comment on this post, and tell me one thing your read about Mr. Al Andrews.
A WALK ONE WINTER NIGHT INSPIRES DOVE-AWARD WINNING ARTIST’S NEW CHRISTMAS SONG Two Christian music veterans unite to bring audiences a “real Christmas story”
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 23rd, 2013—Prominent counselor to many artists and acclaimed inspirational speaker Al Andrews recently signed on with The Worthy Publishing Group to publish his latest title, A Walk One Winter Night: A Christmas Story (Freeman Smith, September 2013) based on a poignant holiday experience. Burnt out on the hustle, bustle, and expectations the holidays can bring, Andrews took a late night stroll and wound up rediscovering his real passion and the true meaning behind the Christmas season. This simple message has spoken to the heart of audiences, and will help readers rediscover the joy of wonder and what is real in the season. Al sent his initial draft to a few trusted friends in the music business in order to get early feedback. As the written word so often does, the book struck a major chord with Dove-award winning recording artist and GMA female vocalist of the year, Nichole Nordeman. "Every once in awhile you come across a story that helps you tell your own,” said Nordeman,“From the very first page of A Walk One Winter Night, I recognized that the characters around the manger had become distant and no longer dear. Icons, not the fragile and weary souls they were. In this beautiful story, I saw them differently, maybe for the first time ever. And they jumped off the page and right into the music of my heart. ‘Real’ is a song that's deeply personal for me. I hope it captures the same wonder of the beautiful book that inspired it." Nordeman will be performing “Real” throughout the fall tour of The Story, alongside artists Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Selah, and Rawsrvnt. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at www.thestorycd.com/tour/. “Real” will also be featured on Capitol Christian Music Group’s album WOW Christmas, available nationwide in October. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Al Andrews is a counselor, author, and speaker. He is the director of Porter’s Call, a non-profit offering counsel, support, and encouragement to recording artists and their families. He is founder of Improbable Philanthropy, a charity that aids children in crisis through the sale of his children’s book, The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind. To learn more about Al Andrew’s visit http://www.itsalandrews.com; follow his daily journey on Twitter @itsalandrews. Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee, comprised of three divisions. Worthy Books publishes a boutique list of trade titles across a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, biography, fiction, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles. Ellie Claire is a line of gift and paper expressions, and Freeman-Smith is a value-priced, impulse book imprint.
Thank you to Worthy Publishing for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Today, one quilt might get finished but, no promises. And I will apologize now - I cannot post photos of said quilt until after Christmas. Sorry folks, but I can't risk ruining the surprise.
The other pinning I have been doing is on Pinterest, of course. Check out this board I found, it is so full of "Useful Ideas" that I had to share it with you! We are trying to save some money here in our household, as many are, and this pin was perfect.
Now, I better get off of here and get to the first kind of pinning.
So, yesterday was a super long day. I am not complaining, just explaining. Because in fact, yesterday was a great day! GGRRR-EAT (Tony Tiger great) day!
I got to bed at 1:30 am yesterday. I tend to fill my plate pretty full, and then I tend to procrastinate. So, if you add those together it equals some late nights. There, that is my confession for today.
Anywho! Yesterday was the last day of our ladies Bible class. We voted on our next study, completed the current study, and then enjoyed a potluck luncheon. I think we all had a great time!
After class, I had to run a few errands and the first stop was Wal-Mart, aka Wally World or Wally's Family Fun Center, and noone enjoys going there. Oh, it is such a dreaded place. But, I walked in that door with my head held high, a smile on my face, and my list running through my head. I am also very bad about making a list and leaving it at home.
The first thing on my list was a copy of Ree's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of Holidays. As I approached the cardboard Ree standing in the middle of the aisle I noticed that there was a woman standing there with a rather unhappy look on her face. She was staring off as if she was day dreaming, but as I passed by she glanced at me. A little jolt of excitement went through me as I grabbed the book. I wondered if my grabbing one would draw her attention to the book as well. Not that Ree needs any help selling books, I just wanted to see if the "monkey see, monkey do" thing would actually work.
It did! This monkey, got that grumpy monkey to pick up Ree's book. In my own little way, I helped that monkey have a better day. Who can flip through any of Ree's books and not smile.
Then, as I was heading down another aisle I got the sudden urge to jump on the cart and ride down the aisle. I didn't do it, but it made the smile on my face even bigger. That is kind of how my day went. It was a good day!
I sat down to watch one of my favorite shows, NCIS, on television and completely forgot that I needed to write a blog post. I had even thought about telling you all of this yesterday, and then I forgot! I blew the whole NaBloPoMo thing! I can't believe it! I meant to post! I really, really did! So, if I publish this and try to add the time and date as yesterday at 11:59 pm, will that count?