Christmas Redemption: Why Christians Should Celebrate a Pagan Holiday Kindle Edition
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The next time I see my weird Christmas tree-hating friend again, I'm going to let him borrow my Kindle so he can read "Christmas Redemption."
I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because, though seeming to be clearly based on source materials, his statements about historical events are not documented; even the reading list doesn't suggest where the claims are from. So the readers can't check the sources for themselves.
I'm not yet comfortable with the idea of embracing Santa Claus as a valuable element in our Christmas celebrations, even in church. He is presented in our culture as omniscient and nearly omnipresent. I don't see that as belonging in church. And this from someone who served two seasons as a department store Santa.
But I encourage you to read the book. Enjoy and exult in the extravagance of joy to which Myers welcomes us. I looked around this morning at the serious, glum faces of a church full of people singing about how much joy we have at Christmas. In a home meeting recently I saw adults and children sedately sing "Joy to the World," then light up with glowing smiles as they sang "Jingle Bells". So the second, which as nothing to do with Christmas, somehow trumped the officially Christmas song. Maybe Myers is helping us see why.
,look for the sharing,and look for the unselfish giving. Calm your fears, the Master is leading you to His crib. He was born a baby for us. All these traditions help us focus on preparing our hearts to receive Christ in a special way.This is a wonderful book full of hope and joy. The book explains where these traditions originated and how they have been changed and been adapted over the years. The hope that the grace that is hidden in the celebrations will turn more hearts to the Lord's call is very evident. Jeremy Myers has given us a lovely gift this Christmas. His insights will lift our hearts and remain with us a long time.
Some illustrations or pictures might have been nice, but it provided a very good summary of the history of Christmas: its beginnings, changes, and our cultural changes to it. I've not heard most of this information and it definitely "opened my eyes". The author also goes into the theological reasons of why we should celebrate Christmas, even as Christians...especially as Christians.
The Author's writing style is direct and factual, obviously researched, and with intent. He intentionally makes seemingly controversial statements to get your attention, and to great effect. (full disclosure: the Author is my brother)
I've always celebrated Christmas, and will continue to do so. But this book gave me some new insight and meaning into this (formerly) pagan holiday. Thanks, Jeremy, for a well written and succinct book on the Christmas holiday!
We need to ask ourselves is it possible to redeem something for God that was never His to begin with? ... And should we be redeeming pagan holidays for God at all? Has He asked us to this? No He has not. Did Jesus do it or decree for us to do it, no He did not. Did the apostles do it, no they did not. Did any of the fathers of the faith do it, no they did not. So why do we take it upon ourselves to do so, we have no God given authority for this task. Clearly this isn't where He wants His children spending their time and effort.
Instead of hypothesizing and speculating what to do about pagan holidays... Why don't we instead do what He has asked to do? How about "His" forever Holy Days as detailed in Leviticus 23. The Holy Days that speak to us of God's plan of salvation, both in the 1st advent of Christ and in the 2nd coming of Christ. You know, those Holy Days that prepare for the Way of the Lord. Why wouldn't we rather hear, listen to and obey our God, as we prepare ourselves for the Savior's return, in the exact one and only manner He has prescribed. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. "His" Holy Days are eternal. Clearly they were practiced by His children throughout the old and new testament, and they will be practiced in the future as per Revelation, so what "man" told us to stop in the interim?Read more ›
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Really portrays how God is with us, and chooses to participate and redeem the culture. Truly portrays the freedom and love we have in Christ!Published 3 months ago by Nichols Phelps
Finally, an educated writing about Christmas traditions. I have every book Jeremy Myers has written. His writings are fresh and truthful.Published on January 23, 2013 by Retlaw
Or rather transformations. As mentioned in other reviews, I have always celebrated Christmas and didn't have any problem with the celebrations originating as pagan. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Harry
Excellent book. I love the new insights and thoughts on the subject matter. Easy to read and hard to put down!Published on January 13, 2013 by the5th55
Jeremy has written a good counterpoint to those who think we should not celebrate Christmas and other holidays because elements of those holidays are borrowed from/have roots in... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Charles Epworth
I just read 'Christmas Redemption -Why Christians Should Celebrate a Pagan Holiday' by Jeremy Myers. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by David H
Very informative book dealing with the roots of our modern Christmas traditions. The Biblical teaching on redemption is excellent! Highly recommended.Published on December 23, 2012 by tamra
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