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Unwrapping Christmas Hardcover – September 30, 2007
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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.
"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.
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.
Nora St. Laurent
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I would recommend this book to anyone who only has time for a quick read during the holidays, but feels guilty for it.
Only 3 stars because the characters did not really develop for me, then again it's a short story, but so was Tuesdays with Morrie and The Notebook.
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I felt like this book was being written by someone looking in my windows. I've recommended it for our book club next November, before the Christmas chaos.Published 6 months ago by Kathy
This book is a,quick lightheaded for anyone and especially busy people. You maybe surprised at what you find amongst the pagesPublished 8 months ago by Kelly O.
This was not a favorite book for me, I could relate to her being so busy, but it started to make me tired...Published 15 months ago by Deb
I read "The Christmas Lamp" by this author and enjoyed it very much but this one was a disappointment.
Rose is a very busy woman who never says no. Read more
This is a good book to read during Advent to help put your mind on the right things. For most of the book I found it to be exhausting just reading about all she was trying to do,... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Judy L. Taylor
I always enjoy her books and look for more, would recommend anything she writes to anyone who asks (and some who don't).Published on January 1, 2013 by Martha
On the reason for the season. This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside! A nice break from the hustle and bustle of the season.Published on December 11, 2012 by Texaspurlgurl
I enjoy reading holiday novels and Lori Copeland is a favorite author of mine. Great story that everyone would enjoy.Published on November 18, 2012 by Karen Baker