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For centuries, December has marked a time of expectation, excitement, hope, joy, activity and family. It marks the season of Christmas, or, as some say, the season of Advent, of the Nativity story. In our secular society, everyone gets swept up in the Christmas spirit and even people who are not professing Christians claim familiarity with the story of the Nativity. Christmas displays of Jesus resting in a manger populate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story? Is there a deeper meaning to that first Christmas besides just being an incredible story?
In his new book, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ, pastor and New York Times bestselling author, Tim Keller guides readers through an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity story—a story that celebrates the advent of Jesus Christ, who came to save mankind and restore our humanity to how it was meant to be. This profoundly moving and intellectually provocative book unpacks the message of hope, redemption, and salvation hidden in the biblical account of Jesus' birth so that readers may experience the redeeming power of God's grace in a meaningful and deeper way.
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.25 X .75 (inches)|
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"[A] great gift book . . . Keller achieves his pastoral goal of teaching Christmas most important messageGod alone has the life, truth, and joy that we lack and cannot generate ourselvesand in doing so, provides solace for those who seek it."
Praise for Timothy Keller and his other books:
"Superb . . . we should be grateful to Keller for his wisdom, scholarship, and humility."
The Gospel Coalition
"Tim Kellers ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him."
"Unlike most suburban megachurches, much of Redeemer is remarkably traditional. What is not traditional is Dr. Kellers skill in speaking the language of his urbane audience. . . . Observing Dr. Kellers professorial pose on stage, it is easy to understand his appeal."
The New York Times
"Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians."
Elaine5 Stars Out Of 5PastorJanuary 7, 2018ElaineQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5An elderly woman in our congregation, in talking about how important this book was to her, said, "For a number of years, I have felt so lonely and sad at Christmas, but this book reminds me of the true joy of Christmas." Our study group seemed surprised at every turn by Keller's insights.
Don5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful insightsNovember 14, 2017DonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Keller is always insightful; explaining familiar Scripture with a warm, personal understandong that seems so obvious after he explains it. If you are already a fan of Tim Keller, you will not be disappointed. If you have never read his work, this is a good beginning.
Harvey Kiekover5 Stars Out Of 5Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of ChristJanuary 4, 2017Harvey KiekoverQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A very good book--just the kind to read in preparation for a true celebration of Christmas (but it would be good to read at any time).
Don5 Stars Out Of 5God touches the ordinary and it becomes spectacular!December 21, 2016DonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author takes the old familiar story and demonstrates deeper truths about God and his love for humanity. How God's motives are always for good makes the story even more compelling
A good book to give to people whom you are discipling who are in the early part of their journey with God.
Lisa5 Stars Out Of 5Hidden ChristmasDecember 4, 2016LisaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is the BEST book for Christmas. Such a beautiful explaination of the true meaning of Christmas.