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Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like Jesus [Kindle Edition]

Mike Slaughter
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Book Description

Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season—Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration.

This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. In five short, engaging chapters, Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.

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About the Author

Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Change the World, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.

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  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426727356
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FRLY3K
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource for the Advent Season September 11, 2011
If you are cognizant of "Christmas Creep", sound the alarm. Too soon, unfortunately, the American marketplace will begin their assault on the consumer, hitting us on all fronts with holiday displays, special sales and price breaks, winter festivals, and Christmakwanzaku music. Be prepared for the invocation of the sentimental, predation upon our desires to please (or impress) friends and family through lavish gifts, and encouragement to buy, buy, buy! Christmas, as we hear year in and year out, has become a celebration of our ourselves, our capacities to purchase, the derivation of pleasure from novelty, and a basking in the glorious privileges of credit. Christmas often has little to do with Jesus.

Pastors and church leaders are not immune, and must keep watch over their own souls, as well as the souls of those entrusted to their care. The dominant secular Christmas narrative is as much the fault of the church as it is a convenient foil for our exhortation. The Advent season requires preparation, and while I am hesitant to post this review so far in advance, knowing that contemplation of Christmas creep, consumerism, and a counter-attack strategy may only accelerate the spiral of what may one day be a year round Yule-tide shindig of buying and selling, I am willing to take the risk if exposure to resources like this one will help churches engage in a serious and informed discourse concerning how we should live by an alternative narrative.

Mike Slaughter, in his book Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like Jesus, has launched an offensive on our prevalent, inwardly curved celebration of the birth of the world's Messiah.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book because of the subtitle (Experience the Joy of Living and Giving Like Jesus) and because of the reviews. The subtitle is oddly deceptive and the bulk of the reviews are inexplicable.

This book (a 91 page pamphlet, really) is a collection of maxims on life and a surface level gospel message, mixed with Slaughter's views on any number of other topics, all wrapped in a red and green bow to support the title. This is not a book about Christmas or giving any more than the Cat in the Hat is a book on pet care. I couldn't find a cohesive theme. There are several scripture quotes on any number of topics, but he uses these as a jumping off point to then expound on his personal observations, and seldom are scriptures used to defend a claim or teaching.

For instance, at the bottom of page 5 he provides a dictionary definition of a `Miracle', explains further what a miracle would look like and then concludes that "God wants to birth a miracle through you." No scriptural support for this in here and yet `birthing a miracle' becomes an extended topic of the book.

There are any number of good books on the dangers of consumerism, especially from the Christian justice angle, that would be more useful and timely than this one. From the reviews I was hoping for an analysis of the difficulty in observing Christmas in a culture saturated by a consumer mindset, but instead got a pamphlet full of trite warnings. I think the reviews are a prime example of why friends and family members should not be allowed to write book reviews.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book I Wish I Had Written September 5, 2011
I just read "Christmas Is not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like Jesus" by Mike Slaughter. It should be required reading, especially for those people who only go to church on Christmas.
Over the years I've decided that I don't like Christmas very much, (I actually prefer Easter), but couldn't explain exactly why. What could possibly be wrong with celebrating the birth of the Savior? But for some reason something about it feels wrong. Slaughter provides some insight into what's wrong with Christmas in America: it often has little to do with Jesus and a lot to do with us.
Slaughter debunks the myth of the Santa Claus Jesus, and forces us to take a hard look at the box in which we've tried to put God. Then he shows us, through Scripture what we should really be seeing when we look at Jesus.
And it doesn't stop there; we get to look at what it means to be a follower of Jesus, the real reason for the celebration of His birth.
Slaughter gives ideas on how to celebrate in a way that honors God by serving and loving others rather than merely satisfying our materialistic desires. We get to look at what Jesus came to do, and it wasn't just to give us a reason for a party.
As Christians we have already been given the most incredible gift. In response we should be sharing that love, proclaiming the good news and living our lives in a way that pleases Jesus. slaughter tells us why and shows us how.
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat judgemental November 3, 2011
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Our small group is reading this book as a preparation for Advent this year. So far, Slaughter raises some good points about returning to the true spirit of Christmas, which is the celebration of Jesus' birth. However, in the process, he makes some very judgmental assertions about individuals he has known. It's somewhat off-putting. In a book like this, I would tend to expect a Christian author to use either positive examples or generalizations about behavior he disagrees with. Instead, Slaughter cites specific examples from acquaintances or church members and criticizes and judges their actions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life-changing classic for true believers
Are you tired of the commercialism of department store Christmas trees in September, and over-charged credit cards by December? Read more
Published 22 days ago by Christina Ryan Claypool
5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic way to start bringing Christmas back to the ...
A realistic way to start bringing Christmas back to the celebration of Christ's birth. Even if you are not a Christian this book will help in making the season a time of family... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for the Local Pastor
I am a pastor in the UMC and I love Slaughter's books. I will be using this book as the basis for my Advent and Christmas Eve Service this year. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PastorRonC
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the type of books that make you think
If you like the type of books that make you think, this is the book for you. I loved it. it changed Christmas for us.
Published 4 months ago by nutmegks
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful idea
Great incentive and plan to get back to what Christmas is really about! Thinking of a study at church with this, too.
Published 5 months ago by Denise L.
4.0 out of 5 stars IDK
My wife got this and doesn't do reviews. I haven't heard a word about it. 1 2 3 4 5
Published 8 months ago by Ramski
Our Pastor gave me this book last summer. I ordered two books for a family member and a friend. The story was meaningful and enjoyed by all.
Published 9 months ago by Linda R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars wondedful writting
i was very impressedd w this book!! i will buy it for some of my buy it for my friends
Published 9 months ago by ginny smith
4.0 out of 5 stars We've had this reminder before . .
. . . but that's no reason not to use this book to take us back to deeper, less commercial reasons to celebrate Jesus's birth. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pjburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty net book
Like the simple and quick read. Tells it like it is from the perspective of Christmas is not all about material items.
Published 10 months ago by Scotty
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About Mike Slaughter

Mike Slaughter is Lead Pastor and Chief Dreamer of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Located in the struggling "rust belt," Ginghamsburg strives to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving those in need from Dayton to Darfur. Under Mike's leadership, the church has grown from 90 worshipers a week to over 5,000. Mike's books include "Christmas Is Not Your Birthday," "Change the World," "Spiritual Entrepreneurs," "Real Followers," "Momentum for Life," "UnLearning Church," and "Upside Living in a Downside Economy."

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