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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1ST edition (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310272262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310272267
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

It's that time of year again, and with excitement and high expectations, Rose has planned the perfect Christmas for her family and friends. But when she feels them drifting away during a time that should celebrate togetherness, Rose is forced to slow down in the most unexpected way. In this whimsical, uplifting story, she discovers the true meaning of giving. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lori Copeland is a bestselling author whose books includde Now and Always, Simple Gifts, Unwrapping Christmas, and Monday Morning Faith, which was a finalist for the 2007 Christy Awards. Lori was inducted into the Springfield Writers Hall of Fame in 2000 and lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband and family.

More About the Author

Lori Copeland is a popular best selling contemporary and historical Christian author. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious Christy Award and received two Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Awards. Lori makes her home in Missouri with her husband Lance, three sons and ever growing family. Her hobby is knitting prayer and friendship shawls, and baking chocolate chip cookies.

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Customer Reviews

It makes its points subtly.
evergreenreader
This book showed that while there is a time to help others for the glory of God, you should also be careful of not trying to do things to make your own self look good.
Deborah
Maybe it's because I don't really get into the religious aspect of anything let alone Christmas but it seems kinda typical to me.
Gina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Christmas season has come and Rose is busy, busy, busy with preparations for the holidays. She's worn out from doing all sorts of stuff for the church, cooking meals for sick friends, volunteering in the thrift shop, taking on prayer requests, etc etc. She doesn't have time for anything else including cooking dinner for her own family. Everyone else is getting grumpy and Rose is beginning to feel worn out. The Christmas season is starting to look not so jolly after all, but isn't a Christian supposed to put others first before themselves?

Ok so I know the Christmas season isn't for another 2 and a half months. But Sam's club already has Christmas trees and lights up! So what better way to get into this mood that this short novella from Lori Copeland. It's really a modern day holiday version of the story of Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus from the Bible. Christians today seem to think that they need to sacrifice their own needs and wants to make everyone else happy. I've seen many Christian families torn apart because they will go out and do things for others but not for their own children. Many pastor's and missionary spouses and kids suffer because of this type of attitude. This book showed that while there is a time to help others for the glory of God, you should also be careful of not trying to do things to make your own self look good. Know your limit and do not let false guilt take over you. The story is written really well and I enjoyed the characters and getting to know their busy hectic lives. It was funny at how Rose tried to figure all the different meals as she didn't have time to cook, who knew kids could get tired of pizza? I also liked learning more about the Advent with the tidbits at the beginning of each chapter. The only downside about this book is now I can't wait for Christmas to come. Even though this book is short, you will get a LOT out of it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Frye on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting. It is the story of one who wants to help everyone and truly cannot say "no" to anyone. She takes on so much that her family never sees her and her health suffers. It's a message that needs to be spread: Know your limitations and don't allow your family to be left behind. A wonderful Christmas story!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Mann VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In this novella, Rose is the mother of teenagers and the wife of a man who works long hours. Rose is no less busy, devoting herself to numerous charitable and church-related activities. As Christmas nears, Rose finds herself pulled in several directions at once. A woman at church is worried about a lump in her breast, and Rose wants to comfort her. Another woman's son is using drugs, and Rose wants to comfort her. Yet another woman is worried about her husband's ominous medical diagnosis, and Rose wants to comfort her. But Rose simply has too many demands on her time, including preparing the Christmas Eve dinner for her extended family.

"Unwrapping Christmas" moves along quickly, but there is little substance. Rose runs around lamenting the busyness of her life while accomplishing very little. Her husband criticizes her frequently for her failures as a mother while he himself misses family events. Meanwhile, there is a great deal of talk about God and prayer, but even this seems rather ho-hum, in part because of a curious grammatical choice. The author, for reasons that I do not understand, does not capitalize pronouns that refer to God.

There are, I believe, good intentions here, but the treatment is too superficial and too derivative of It's a Wonderful Life in spots to offer much insight or genuine holiday cheer, at least for me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on December 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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It's short, sweet and packs a powerful punch. Lori reveals through her main character, Rose, what loving one another looks like. Rose is challenged by another verse "Be still and know I am God." She is rarely still long enough to know God is God - too busy. Sound familiar? Another verse "Rest in His assurance." Rest? Who has time for that? Things women struggle with daily. Lori reveals God's love in action through Rose. This book will gently remind you in practical ways, how to love one another & rest in God's assurance at Christmas and always.

Before some chapters begin, Lori weaves the meaning of Advent, explains the symbols and what they represent. The treat at the end of the story is the Bergman's holiday traditional recipes talked about in the story.

Lastly, a powerful letter written by Karen Hancock titled Jesus Didn't Hurry. This letter sums up the message of Unwrapping Christmas. A must read.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By evergreenreader on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What I really like about Unwrapping Christmas is that it is a nuanced story. It makes its points subtly. It doesn't just make the point "Service is good" but goes on to add: "Service is good, but make sure that in serving others you don't do it in such a zealous, all consuming manner that you do a disservice to yourself or those you love most. This is a story about priorities. It is well written and should be read more than once.

I also highly recommend Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices--an excellent story about the impact of small acts of kindness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CeeCee on March 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Has Christmas become one long toilsome to-do list jammed packed with needa-do, oughta-do, but you don't want to do? Do you dread this time of year?

Well, join the club.

In Unwrapping Christmas, Rose is worn out! Stressed to the limit, she is trying to please everyone who asks her to do something, from hosting the family holiday dinner to helping out at church functions. Her family is reduced to eating take-out dinners every night, her children have run amok, and her husband is nagging her about never being home anymore.
But what's a good God-fearing Christian woman to do? Say no to people in need?

Lori Copeland reminds us to unwrap the self-imposed layers we put around Christmas to re-discover its true blessings. Initially I thought this book was going to be a sappy yuletide read. I was mistaken. Copeland tackles a lot in this short story: illness, drug use, judging, wayward children, and finding balance by knowing when to say "no" and mean it.

I recommend this story to anyone who has missed the true meaning of this holiday season.
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