Even people who are not professing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the Nativity. Every Christmas displays of Jesus resting in a manger populate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?
In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’s birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a meaningful and deeper way.
Full of gospel truth from the introduction to the final paragraph, this book prods and probes, shining light into the darkness of the world, and challenging the apathy of the church towards the Incarnation of the Son of God. Reading this book in the run up to Christmas will only increase your wonder at the good news that the promised Son of God came for helpless sinners like us.
Tim Keller's latest book, 'Hidden Christmas', is written for all audiences: Christian/non-Christian, young/old, mature/new to faith. The reason this is important is addressed plain and simply on the front cover: 'THE SURPRISING TRUTH BEHIND THE BIRTH OF CHRIST'. For anyone to describe the truth that God left the glories of heaven for our world as ‘surprising’ is an understatement. Christmas, as a holiday in our current Western culture, focusses a lot on family, friendship, giving and other such positivities – great things that none of us do enough of. But that's not 'Christmas'. That wasn’t the Lord’s purpose. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ humbling Himself, humbling Himself in the form of a precious baby. And whilst churches all around the world celebrate that humility, do we really understand - and appreciate - what God actually did in coming to Earth? Helpfully, Keller writes in a constant sense of awe; a sense that is nothing short of contagious and will assist you in understanding both the importance and insanity of that first Christmas. The book isn't that long (141 pages excl. acknowledgements and footnotes), and will only take a few hours to read. However, irrespective of its size, the gospel truths that we so often hear - of which we celebrate every year - are truths that we need to meditate on more frequently than we actually do. A great book to read on the run up to the festive season.
Vintage Keller - courteous, intelligent, creeping up on you unawares with the gospel, and Christ-centred. Elegantly packaged, too, would be a great gift for a young Christian or seeker.
Best help for advent sermons I have ever found. Told my congregation to buy the book but not until I had preached the sermons! Then repented and bought ten and made them available on Sunday. All gone in a flash!
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