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Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like Jesus Paperback – August 1, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book surprised me and made me think about the Christmas craziness. It also eased my guilt of not being able to buy everyone the best gift.Published 4 months ago by Diane Pope
The DVD for bible studies that goes with this was only "fair." It's like Mike read directly from the book, but the message is certainly worthwhile. The book itself is good.Published 5 months ago by Gina M. Jurek
This book is so good. The author gives such wonderful ideas about how we can celebrate Jesus' birthday. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Bruce
United Methodist pastor and author Michael Slaughter shows how we have far strayed from the message of Jesus in the celebration of His birth. In this book, Rev. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laura
We used this in our Sunday School class. Was very interesting and gave us cause for a lot of meaningful discussions.Published 12 months ago by Ruth Ann Smith
I enjoyed leading a small group in this study. Two people in the group liked it so well that they led another group in the study.Published 14 months ago by Sandra S. Mull
Good little book--very thought provoking; it has already been passed along twice!Published 15 months ago by CTL
Excellent, everyone should read this book before going Christmas shoppingPublished 16 months ago by cookie