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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, Dare to Dream, Renegade Gospel, 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426727356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426727351
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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By J. Spence on November 27, 2012
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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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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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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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The book was good and the focus was much appreciated. But at times it seemed overly focused on making you feel bad for enjoying the holiday season. This was especially true of the companion video from Mike Slaughter.
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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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