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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 2007 or Later Printing edition (August 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and they also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books including Holding on to HopeHearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.

Skip Ryan is Senior Minister of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas and has served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. Skip is also an instructor for the Japanese Institute for Church Growth in Tokyo. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Westminster Theological Seminary.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

J. Ligon Duncan is Chancellor and John E. Richards professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi, Chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America.

Randy Alcorn (MA, Multnomah University) is a New York Times best-selling author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. Alcorn has written over forty books, including The Treasure Principle, Heaven, If God is Good, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home, as well as the graphic novel, Eternity. He has also authored and contributed to several books for Crossway, including Tell Me About Heaven, For the Fame of God's Name, and O Love That Will Not Let Me Go. He has written for many magazines, has been a guest on hundreds of radio, television, and online programs, and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah University and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. The father of two married daughters, Alcorn lives in Oregon with his wife and best friend, Nanci. They are the proud grandparents of five grandsons.

John MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in California and president of The Master’s College and Seminary, as well as a best-selling author. He can be heard on the “Grace to You” radio program, which broadcasts daily around the world on nearly 2,000 stations in English and Spanish.

Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps.

MARTIN LUTHER (1483–1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley. 

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death. 

CHARLES H. SPURGEON (1834–1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today. 

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.


JOHN CALVIN (1509–1564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible. 


Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.

Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentary on Isaiah, as well as a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. He and his wife Jan have four children.

J. C. RYLE (1816–1900) was a prominent writer, preacher, and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool.

JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE was senior minister of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for thirty years and a leading spokesman for the Reformed faith until his death in June 2000.

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

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A great book to read during the entire Advent Season.
Excellent short articles on the incarnation from many respected teachers from antiquity to contemporary.
Ronald G Parker
Now it is next to my Bible to be read one day at a time in December.
Brenda N.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stark on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus is a collection of short essays on Christmas topics from writers that Nancy Guthrie respects--"essays that reflect a high view of Scripture; and that put the incarnation in the context of God's unfolding plan of redemption."

Included are pieces from the sermons, essays or books of both historical and contemporary Christians. I've decided that listing the contributors would be more useful than anything else in helping you decided whether these are essays you would enjoy reading, so here you are, from first to last:

* George Whitefield
* Joseph "Skip" Ryan
* Martin Luther
* John Piper
* Tim Keller
* Martyn Lloyd-Jones
* J. Ligon Duncan III
* Jonathan Edwards
* Charles Spurgeon
* Saint Augustine
* J. I. Packer
* John Calvin
* Alistair Begg
* Randy Alcorn
* John MacArthur
* Raymond C. Ortland, Jr.
* Francis Schaeffer
* J. C. Ryle
* James Montgomery Boice
* R. C. Sproul
* R. Kent Hughes
* Joni Eareckson Tada

Impressive, isn't it?

Some of the specific topics of the reflections are Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, the wisemen's gifts, the Holy Spirit (he did, you remember, have a big role in the incarnation story), Christ's humility, his poverty, and what it means that he became flesh. As you might expect from any collection with pieces from various authors, some are easier to read than others. Some you'll whip through like a summer breeze, and for a few, you'll need your thinking cap.

And as you also might expect, some readings are better than others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on December 1, 2008
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to fully embrace the spirit of Christmas. This is a great anthology featuring insight by many highly esteemed authors and theologians. The variety of perspectives offer insight into the birth of Christ that one may have never considered. This book allowed me the chance to slow down my thoughts a bit, moving away from the commercial aspects of Christmas and really reflecting upon the significance of Christ's birth and the relevance of Christianity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By katesmom on December 12, 2008
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In this collection Nancy Guthrie has brought together classic and contemporary Christian authors. She has arranged the 23 advent sermons in order according to the Christmas story. It makes a wonderful early morning companion or family dinner devotional throughout the season of preparing for Christmas. The writings chosen range from the complex to the simple, from the modern to the ancient, but all point the way to the arrival of Jesus as God's loving solution to man's dilemma. Reading one selection at a time, I am discovering authors whose work I will explore further. Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason G on February 14, 2011
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Guthrie's edited anthology of Advent writings from a selection of mostly contemporary Protestant Reformed, theologians and pastors is a great tool for personal and family reflection at the Advent season. There are 22 readings, and unlike many books like this, they are not categorized by a suggested date of reading. Each reading can stand on its own as a reflection and spiritual teaching about a particular part of the Christmas season.

This is a contemporary set of readings, with 12 of the 22 authors still living. The strongest of the writings, I believe is Timothy Keller's excerpt of a sermon from December of 2001, with its references to gift, hurt, pain and God's work with the least of these, showing, tenderly, I think, that everyone is part of the least of these. The sermon was initially given as New York City was dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, and so it is particularly rooted in the shadow of that event.

It would have been great if this book had included some Puritan expositions of the beginning chapters of Matthew or Luke. Otherwise, the only pre-18th century authors here are Augustine, Luther & Calvin. So the depth of this book, from the conservative contemporary Reformed tradition is strong; but it might have greater reach if more older works were included or works from early Medieval or church fathers period were included.

This collection of writings is rich in Biblical exposition of the Advent of Christ and is recommend. The richness of gospel teaching will be a welcome antidote to the frenzy of the secular observances of Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By midlife reader on December 22, 2009
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It is now 3 days before Christmas and I have been reading this each day for the past 20 or so days. The chapters are all written by wonderful Christian thinkers. Jesus has been glorified in my heart, mind and soul and I thank Nancy Guthrie for all the work she put into editing this book. I am going to order several more and give them as gifts next year--at Thanksgiving--so people can have them to prepare their hearts for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2009
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if you are thinking of buying this book, chances are you don't need this review to convince you. this is a good christian perspective on the birth of jesus and christmas. if you are looking for something (like i was) to reorientate your thinking regarding the holiday season, this is a great tool. i would recommend it. it is not light reading. but the excerpts are relatively short.
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