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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Student/Stdy Gde edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310324521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310324522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Worship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love All Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be---a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits. Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully---because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less---and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More---of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All---the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference. Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most---your presence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rick McKinley was educated at Multnomah University and earned his Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. However, most of his education has come from pastoring Imago Dei Community since 2000 with his wife Jeanne in Portland, OR. Imago Dei is now a large congregation situated in the heart of the city, reaching out to Portland through preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and creatively engaging the city for the social good. He is also the author of Jesus in the Margins and This Beautiful Mess.

Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

Greg Holder is lead pastor of The Crossing, a fast-growing church in the St. Louis area known for calling those from an unlikely mix of spiritual backgrounds to consider the way of Jesus. Greg is also a contributing writer for The Voice, a new translation of scripture. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri with his wife, Robin and their two girls.

More About the Author

Rick McKinley is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon. Rick and his wife, Jeanne, live with their four children and one dog named Baxter in Portland. He earned his Doctorate at Gordon Conwell Seminary and is on faculty at Multnomah Seminary where he teaches applied theology.

Customer Reviews

I am starting to feel better about Christmas already.
Christy
I would highly recommend reading the book for anyone who is willing to step out from the "normal" Christmas routine.
K. Snow
The Advent Conspiracy offers an alternative way to think about how we give at Christmas.
G. J. McPherson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Stapper on December 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Advent Conspiracy is a very accessible look at how to recapture the amazing story of Christmas. I have followed the Advent Conspiracy movement/website for a while, and I was thrilled when Chris Seay & co. released this book. The message of Advent Conspiracy resonates so much with my family and me. My wife and I have two young children and we have often thought about what message we are sending to our children each Christmas as we follow along with the rest of our culture and spend extravagantly on ourselves each year.

This year, we have decided to make some drastic changes not just in how much we spend, but also in what we choose to give to our children and families. For example, we are giving our parents some homemade gifts this year, and money that we will encourage them to give to a charitable organization. We decided the best gift we could give them is the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else. All of this has grown out of our relationship with Jesus being challenged and strengthened through the Advent Conspiracy message. We still have a long way to go, but my wife and I are putting ourselves on the path to recovering the message of Christmas.

This book is a great read and the concepts are brilliant. It is a great accompaniment to the holiday season, but the truth is that this is a message we need throughout the year.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M Erikson on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Many thanks to the Advent Conspiracy for providing me with the book to review. As a lifelong Christmas season fan I was struck by the concept driving the book -- it really is about a paradigm readjustment not simply a book idea. The vision behind A.C. is that Christmas can/should be about more than Americans consuming more and more stuff. This isn't a particularly new thought, but the writers do an excellent job of painting that vision with refreshing candor and clarity. So many of us find ourselves being pulled in certain directions at the holidays that we know are not helpful, encouraging, wise or biblical. Hats off to the folks at Advent Conspiracy for refusing to settle for something less at this time of year than genuine heart engagement. As a few of the reviewers have noted, the material is thought-provoking, interesting and challenging. However, it does read more like an "idea starter" than a deep theological treatise on advent. I would have enjoyed a tighter more intensive look at the gospel narratives surrounding the birth of Christ. A little more exegetical study done on a few of the key New Testament texts to help readers understand the ancient complexities and controversy around Jesus' birth would have made a good book even better. However, that isn't the primary thrust of this book (and you can find plenty of others that walk that path). If you're looking for a simple, clear, effective way to help your nuclear family or your church family shatter the holiday mold, then this book will start you down that road. And from what I can tell, that road is one that would be worth traveling for many more Americans this holiday season.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amy E. Sondova on December 17, 2009
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I love to shop. While I'm not a shopaholic, I still love a good deal. I love to give gifts to others (especially those of the handmade variety). Often, I pointed to James 1:17 and not that God is the Giver of all good things and like any Father adores bestowing presents upon His children. And He does. Sadly, our hands are open to greedily receive His gifts without so much as a thank you--and really, that's the problem. We are so plagued by consumerism; we treat God's gifts as a commodity.

A book like Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? has the ability to convict even an avowed bargain, Black Friday-loving shopper like me. While I'm not hanging up my purse for the holidays, Advent Conspiracy gave me plenty of food for thought.

Gripping at the get-go, Advent Conspiracy makes a simple case. We as Christians (and a culture) miss the whole point of Jesus' birth year after year. In fact, on the Bethlehem night so many years ago, the world barely took notice of a pregnant teen giving birth to Messiah in a dirty stable, even though Heaven opened wide and angels heralded His birth. And now in the 21st Century, we shove the nativity under our enormous Christmas tree--wedged between a stuffed Santa and a Wii (wrapped in pretty paper, of course).

The authors of Advent Conspiracy Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder decided this shouldn't be the picture of an American Christmas. Moreover, it was a sad depiction of "the foundational narrative of the Church." Instead, these men decided to challenge their congregations to spend less, give more, and worship more fully. The results were amazing, so now the trio has written down their story to inspire others to do the same--all for $12.99 a pop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Snow on November 11, 2009
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First of all, thank you to Advent Conspiracy for providing the book for review.

This is my first contact with Advent Conspiracy and I'm delighted to help spread the word. I would highly recommend reading the book for anyone who is willing to step out from the "normal" Christmas routine. Advent Conspiracy enlightens, motivates and most of all challenges readers. It describes how our culture of consumerism has overwhelmed us. We are encouraged to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All. It provides strategies for combating consumerism and giving generously to make a difference both in our individual lives and the lives of the poor and marginalized of the world, from the local community to the distant countries of the entire world.

The question is posed in the subtitle, "Can Christmas Still Change the World?". I'm sure the answer can be a resounding YES. If I can move from my traditional comfort zone and join the "conspiracy" my personal world will be changed. Sharing the message and enlisting more conspirators will definitely bring more joy and hope around the world.
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