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Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? Paperback – September 28, 2009
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About the Author
Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.
Greg Holder is lead pastor of The Crossing, a fast-growing church in the St. Louis area known for calling those from an unlikely mix of spiritual backgrounds to consider the way of Jesus. Greg is also a contributing writer for The Voice, a new translation of scripture. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri with his wife, Robin and their two girls.
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Top Customer Reviews
This year, we have decided to make some drastic changes not just in how much we spend, but also in what we choose to give to our children and families. For example, we are giving our parents some homemade gifts this year, and money that we will encourage them to give to a charitable organization. We decided the best gift we could give them is the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else. All of this has grown out of our relationship with Jesus being challenged and strengthened through the Advent Conspiracy message. We still have a long way to go, but my wife and I are putting ourselves on the path to recovering the message of Christmas.
This book is a great read and the concepts are brilliant. It is a great accompaniment to the holiday season, but the truth is that this is a message we need throughout the year.
A book like Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? has the ability to convict even an avowed bargain, Black Friday-loving shopper like me. While I'm not hanging up my purse for the holidays, Advent Conspiracy gave me plenty of food for thought.
Gripping at the get-go, Advent Conspiracy makes a simple case. We as Christians (and a culture) miss the whole point of Jesus' birth year after year. In fact, on the Bethlehem night so many years ago, the world barely took notice of a pregnant teen giving birth to Messiah in a dirty stable, even though Heaven opened wide and angels heralded His birth. And now in the 21st Century, we shove the nativity under our enormous Christmas tree--wedged between a stuffed Santa and a Wii (wrapped in pretty paper, of course).
The authors of Advent Conspiracy Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder decided this shouldn't be the picture of an American Christmas. Moreover, it was a sad depiction of "the foundational narrative of the Church." Instead, these men decided to challenge their congregations to spend less, give more, and worship more fully. The results were amazing, so now the trio has written down their story to inspire others to do the same--all for $12.99 a pop.Read more ›
This is my first contact with Advent Conspiracy and I'm delighted to help spread the word. I would highly recommend reading the book for anyone who is willing to step out from the "normal" Christmas routine. Advent Conspiracy enlightens, motivates and most of all challenges readers. It describes how our culture of consumerism has overwhelmed us. We are encouraged to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All. It provides strategies for combating consumerism and giving generously to make a difference both in our individual lives and the lives of the poor and marginalized of the world, from the local community to the distant countries of the entire world.
The question is posed in the subtitle, "Can Christmas Still Change the World?". I'm sure the answer can be a resounding YES. If I can move from my traditional comfort zone and join the "conspiracy" my personal world will be changed. Sharing the message and enlisting more conspirators will definitely bring more joy and hope around the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Pretty well sums up what is wrong with our nation as it veers farther and farther away from a focus on God to one on self and materialism.Published 6 months ago by Ben G Raimer
Hmmm, you get all this info off the website, no need for the book.Published 7 months ago by pkodyssey
It made Christmas more enjoyable by suggestions in book to simplify and think about those in need.Published 7 months ago by CAM
I found a copy in a thrift store while "Goodwill Hunting" for stuff to sell on eBay. Just finished it last night (Christmas Eve). Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Sacco
Not quite what I was expecting, but a good read to help you really think about how you use your resources.Published 13 months ago by Kaitlen
This book was passed on to multiple readers. Really makes you think about the meaning of Christmas today! Would highly recommend.Published 18 months ago by mngal48
This book was used for an advent study at our church h. Amazingly powerful. User friendly. Even the children of our. Joe h became active participants. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Becky R
Teaches how to get in touch with the real meaning of Christmas through prayer and seeking Jesus, and not falling into trap of buy, buy, buy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sandyg