Ordinarily, I don’t believe in celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I changed my mind this week when the shipment of Striving Together’s new minibook by Dr. Paul Chappell came in. I had the privilege of helping with this book prepress, and seeing it arrive felt like an early Christmas!
Christmas Is a Gift—Unwrap the Significance of the Season is beautiful inside and out. The glossy hardcover makes it perfect for a coffee table decoration or gift, and the full-color Christmas photographs throughout make you want to read it in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot tea.
But the message inside is the best. Through this 130-page minibook, we see that Christmas is more than an event—it is a gift. Christmas is the gift of Christ’s presence, and His presence in our lives changes everything.
The chapter titles are:
- Emmanuel: the gift of His presence
- Fear Not: God’s message of peace
- Unusual Packages: a fresh look at God’s surprises
- No Room: why we don’t receive Christ’s love
- Songs in the Night: expressing the joy of Christmas
This book is wonderful for discovering (or remembering) the fullness of what Christ’s presence in your life means all year long. Its message is one of encouragement—to rejoice in God’s love and find hope in His presence. It also includes a clear Gospel presentation and would make an excellent gift for an unsaved family member or friend.
(Christmas Is a Gift is published by Striving Together Publications. You can click here for more information or to order a copy.)