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Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior's Birth [Kindle Edition]

Eric D. Huntsman
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Book Description

From the author of God So Loved the World this celebration of Christmas explores the scriptural accounts of Christ’s birth and links those beloved stories to the traditional Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace. Unique to this volume is a fifth Advent theme of salvation, with scriptural prophecies from the Book of Mormon to help us understand how the birth of the Savior was intricately connected with His ultimate mission. The author also suggests ways to make our own celebrations more meaningful with specific scriptures, stories, and music for each day of December. Beautifully designed with full-color fine art paintings, photographs, maps, and topics for personal reflection, this scriptural journey encourages us to nurture the true spirit of Christmas while expanding our knowledge and appreciation of the greatest story ever told.

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About the Author

Eric D. Huntsman serves as an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. A graduate of BYU in classical Greek and Latin, he earned an MA and a PhD in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of God So Loved the World and a coauthor of Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament. He and his wife, Elaine, are the parents of two children and live in Provo, Utah.

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  • File Size: 4100 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (October 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to any Christmas library! December 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Beautifully illustrated, Dr. Huntsman's "Good Tidings of Great Joy" continues his exploration of Jesus Christ, this time by going back to the Nativity. The five chapters are intelligently divided, with thoughtful and insightful text boxes spread throughout the book that highlight the more scholarly aspects of the work (the different genealogies given in Matthew and Luke, for example). As a trained ancient historian, Huntsman is adept at utilizing the most recent biblical and Classical scholarship, but it is his ability to blend scholarship with faith, and to do so in an engaging and accessible manner, that really sets him apart. He pulls not only from LDS sources, but Jewish, Greek, Roman, and early Christian sources as well. The endnotes and appendices provide an ample sandbox for those who wish to dig further. Huntman's interest in Advent, which may strike some LDS as odd, is actually one of the strengths of this book. He provides numerous ideas for maintaining the spirit of Christmas not only in the build-up to Christmas Day, but throughout the year. Additionally, there are several beautiful works of art that are not commonly seen in "church books". This book definitely ranks as one of the best books to come out of the ranks of LDS authors! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Christmas from the devotional or historical side. A must-have for your library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of info January 11, 2014
By skindee
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This book is packed full of info. It's like the Christmas encyclopedia. Learned a lot about a holiday I thought I understood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good tidings review July 17, 2013
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This is a very well written book, beautifully illustrated, and very informative about the Savior's birth. We plan to read it every Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Hunstman really knows Christmas! December 10, 2012
This beautiful book deepened my understanding of Christmas and brought this special time of year alive for me. Dr. Huntsman presents information in such an entertaining fashion that you just want to keep reading. I will be sharing portions of this wonderul book for years to come. I love the traditions of Christmas (and Dr. Huntsman explains so many of these), but I also enjoy learning the truths behind the traditions. The artwork is gorgeous. Dr. Huntsman's love for the Saviour and for the joy of Christmas fills the book. Thank you, Eric!
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If you want to know the history of Christmas through the scriptures and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding this is the perfect book. Every aspect of the life of Jesus Christ is touched upon and it is unfolded with a special spirit.

There are ideas and suggestions for your family to enjoy the season focused on the deeper meaning surrounding Christmas. It will surly delight and uplift your holiday experience.
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