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The Purpose of Christmas Hardcover – November 4, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

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About the Author


Rick Warren
was born in San Jose, California, and founded (with one family) Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rick and his wife, Kay, live in Trabuco Canyon, California, and have three children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; 1 edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416559000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416559009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Christian's firmly believe that they KNOW the purpose of Christmas, that they believe they celebrate the birth of Jesus and that they are just "fine". In this personal letter to all readers, Pastor Rick Warren reminded me that although I know the purpose of Christmas and I believe that I celebrate it, I have/had truly forgotten the childlike wonder and was not rejoicing in the celebration of the greatest mircle of all. My heart has been blessed by the message that this book carries. I hope to celebrate Christmas differently this year with a better attitude and an improved outlook, despite the impending gloom of our economy and position as a country.

Thank you Pastor Rick for the opportunity to share this message with my children. We will be reading this book at bedtime together and each night celebrating The Purpose of Christmas.
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My purchase of this book was intended for my wife, but thankfully I read it prior to gifting it. We'll reread it, together. It's a perfect Christmas book. It is, by title, a Christmas book, but it offers so much more. It's more about finding the Gift that Christmas is and living it year-round.

From the author, Rick Warren, of "The Purpose Driven Life", this book is something of a "Reader's Digest" version of that book. It is a doable, one to two hour read that touches faith, grace, and life.

This Christmas, my wife faces losing her mother very soon. My own mother died one week prior to Christmas just 3 years ago. If it isn't death that is this moment's issue in your life; if it's a lost relationship, if it is hardship, or maybe illness--this book will help put it all in focus. This book can give you the true Christmas meaning, and it doesn't even have to be December.

Rick Warren gifts readers another fine book of hope by presenting God's hope and love. Gift idea: If you missed Christmas, give it for Valentine's, or St. Patrick's, Flag Day, or just someone's BIRTHDAY. After all, the book explains, Christmas is all about His BIRTHDAY.
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Like most people, I've "done" Christmas every year since I was a baby, but honestly, I had never really thought about it much personally. Of course I knew it was the birth of Jesus, but didn't figure that had any relevance to me. It was just an historical event. Then, a week ago, a good friend of mine gave me a copy of this book. It was short, so I thought I'd read it. WOW.... I mean seriously... I had no idea! How did I miss this all these years? Warren explains why Christmas is such a "big deal" around the world, but more important is how he clearly lays out the implications and benefits to your personal life. I did what he said and I will never be the same person anymore. I'm free! I still don't know enough to explain it so I just ordered 9 copies to give to my friends.
This will be the best Christmas because now I get it. JONATHAN FARADAY (Robert is my brother)
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He wrote in this 2008 book, "You may have a religious background that doesn't include Christmas, or you may have no faith at all; watching others may make you feel uneasy. Maybe you're just exhausted and worn out from all that's happened in your life this past year. This Christmas, God cares deeply about how you feel, and so do I. It's why I have written this book." (Pg. 7)

He observes, "You may never have realized that every time you check your calendar or refer to a date or write one down, you are using Jesus Christ as your reference point. Because of Jesus, history is divided into BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini, in the year of the Lord). Every other event in history and every event on your calendar today is dated by how many days and years it has been since Jesus Christ appeared on earth." (Pg. 4)

He states, "If God had wanted to communicate to birds, he would have become a bird. If God had wanted to communicate to cows, he would have become a cow. But God wanted to communicate to us, so he became one of us. He didn't send an angel or a prophet of a politician or an ambassador. He came himself. If you really want people to know how much you love them, you can't send a representative to communicate it. You have to say it personally. That's what God did at Christmas." (Pg. 20-21)

He suggests, "I recommend that you establish an annual celebration, a birthday party for Jesus in your home with family or close friends. Scheduling a once-a-year time to pause and review God's grace in your life and recommit yourself to knowing and loving him better is a great way to make Christmas more meaningful." (Pg. 36)

He concludes, "Reconciliation is the restoration of peace. Peace with God, peace with others, and peace in your own heart.
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I read Rick Warren's book during the days leading up to Christmas, taking quiet time by our tree at night, playing Christmas music on my Fire HD 6. I enjoyed the clarity and warmth of his writing, and it helped set me in a receptive mood for the holiday. It was a good antidote to the stress that can creep into the season.
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As always Rick has written an amazing book. If you haven't taken the LORD as your saviour you will after reading after reading this book. Rick presents the birth of JESUS in such a beautiful way that makes you see clearly the reason for the birth of Christ and its meaning world to and relation to us.
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