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Discover the unheard story of Christmas and why it matters

Christmas is a time for peace on earth, a time for favorite carols, family dinners, and familiar traditions. It's about a beautiful story of a lovely babe in the manger. Or is it?

A Not-So-Silent Night uncovers the dark side of Christmas, a side that exposes pain, humiliation, fear, and danger. Though we usually choose to ignore them, these elements--in their cultural and historical context--reveal the true meaning of Christmas where the shadow of the cross is inseparable from the manger. Author Verlyn D. Verbrugge maintains that until we see the dark side of Christmas, until we shed tears with Mary and Joseph, until we experience the fear that war is on the horizon, we will never truly understand the awesomeness of what happened in that little town of Bethlehem.

Timely and provocative, A Not-So-Silent Night steers us past holiday commercialization and drives us to the real reason for the season.

About the Author

Verlyn Verbrugge (PhD, Notre Dame) was a full-time pastor before becoming senior editor of academic and professional books at Zondervan. He has authored and contributed to several books, including Early Church History and Your Church Sign.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825439094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825439094
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Verlyn D. Verbrugge (PhD, Notre Dame) is senior editor of academic and professional books at Zondervan. He has authored several books, including Early Church History and Your Church Sign.

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Christmas is the happiest time of the year, or so we choose to believe. Likewise, we tend to see Easter as a sad time of year. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the promised Messiah, the fulfillment of the promise God made at the Fall, when sin separated Adam and Eve and all their offspring from the presence of God. Thus the birth of the baby Jesus, announced by an angel of the Lord to humble shepherds in the surrounding fields and accompanied by an angelic chorus, is truly a time of joy. All of creation, not just the children of Adam and Eve, "lay . . . in sin and error pining," for that moment when the Son of God, the promised Messiah, would leave his glory in heaven to be born of a virgin, to walk among humankind in true humanity as the second Adam, in order that He might reverse the error of the first Adam. Indeed, there is reason aplenty to rejoice at Christmas. But there is more, much more.

In his new book, A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009), Verlyn D. Verbrugge reminds us that the true significance of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is found in His crucifixion outside the gates of Jerusalem some thirty-three years later and his resurrection some three days after that. What Dr. Verbrugge wants us to remember and think about during this festive season is the war between Jesus Christ and Satan that began that night in Bethlehem and raged until that glorious moment thirty-three years later when the stone was rolled away from the tomb and the crucified and dead Jesus was raised from the dead by the Father. Satan did all he could to prevent that event. Jesus had to literally fight His way to the Cross. Those intervening years witnessed the greatest struggle in history.
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I approach books based on scripture with caution; e.g., Prayer of Jabez, Heaven is for Real, 90 Minutes in Heaven, etc. I ordered this book to see how the author explains "the unheard story of Christmas". Interesting that it's "unheard" until this book. Where's it been?

In Bible study, if Scripture doesn't say or explain something, we just don't know. We can discuss, speculate, and debate all we want, but really... do we IN FACT really "know"? So, it is with this book. Could Mary have been kicked out of her home? Maybe. Could word have traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Mary's shame, so that Mary and Joseph were denied lodging? Perhaps. Did the magi "of course" assume the child would be a son of the present king? It's all conjecture.

Before the reader takes the entire book as fact, may I suggest that the reader note how many times the author states "I suggest", "I suspect", "the implication", "this I believe", and "my assertion", etc. Oh, and regarding Chapter 6, the Greek translation for inn is katalyma as the author so mentions on p.55. However, kaytalyma is fully defined as: 1 an inn, lodging place. 2 an eating room, dining room.

I'm not completely trashing the book. It has some meaningful things to say. That's why I gave it 3 stars, not 1 or 2. Suffice to say though, if God wanted us to know the particulars, He would have had them written down for our information. Reader: Christ, the Lamb, came for our salvation. Praise God. Bless Christmas. Rejoice in the birth of our Lord. The angels brought news of great JOY!
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If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, there's no need to look any further. You've just found it! However, A Not-So-Silent Night is a book that every Christian should read regardless of the season. I am personally acquainted with the author, Verlyn Verbrugge, and consider him to be one of the top Greek scholars of our generation. Yet, this doesn't keep him from writing in a clear and uncomplicated fashion. In a mere ninety-eight pages of text, Verbrugge illumines the unheard story of Christmas and why it matters.

It's been said that before one can fully appreciate the good news of God's grace, he or she must first come to grips with the bad news of sin. Verbrugge takes a similar approach. He unveils the dark side of Christmas in such a way that one will come to appreciate the glorious good news of Christmas like never before. After reading this exceptional resource, I was deeply moved. I realized that over the years I have been unknowingly influenced by Christian tradition and culture. Yet, now I will never see Christmas and the birth of Christ the same way again. My only disappointment with this book was that it was not written earlier.

If you want to save yourself some time and energy, buy multiply copies of A Not-So-Silent Night and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing off your Christmas list. This book has something for everyone: the busy housewife, the man who doesn't like to read, the bored teenager, and even the Greek scholar. Your family members and friends will thank you for sharing with them a tool that will inform and transform how they view God, the characters of the Bible, and most importantly, themselves.
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Sent to me as a complimentary copy from another website, A Not-So-Silent Night piqued my interest, as it presented some very interesting ideas to ponder during this Advent season. Dr. Verlyn D.Verbrugge has written a slim yet interesting treatise that urges his readers to take another look at the birth of Christ.

Traditionally, Christmas has been celebrated as a time of joy, peace and light. Verbrugge takes a different viewpoint. If you consider why Christ came into the world, His birth ushered in a new era of spiritual and physical conflict. The heralding angels should really be seen as soldiers of a heavenly army, declaring their readiness to their Commander in Chief. Essentially, "Christmas is the beginning of war." (p.74)

While I felt that Verbrugge was a bit heavy-handed with his depiction of Christ's birth as a death-scented occasion, there were a number of points made that have made me appreciate this holiday in a deeper way. His portrayal of the trials that Mary and Joseph had to endure as social and familial outcasts was very compelling. I will never look at their diversion to the animals' stable in the same way again. I also found the comparisons made between Genesis' Tree of Knowledge and Christ's cross to be very interesting.

There are many angles to the Christmas story that I have never considered before, and this concise book clearly presents them in a scriptural, deliberate way. It is certainly worth 98 pages of reading to enhance your appreciation for what God has done for us in the birth of Christ Jesus the Messiah.

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