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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Viking
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.25 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 0735221650
ISBN-13: 9780735221659

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Author Bio

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. He is the author of Making Sense of God, The Songs of Jesus, Preaching, Prayer, as well as The Meaning of Marriage, The Prodigal God, and The Reason for God, among others.

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Praise for Hidden Christmas:

"[A] great gift book . . . Keller achieves his pastoral goal of teaching Christmas’ most important message—’God alone has the life, truth, and joy that we lack and cannot generate ourselves’—and in doing so, provides solace for those who seek it."
—Publishers Weekly

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 Keller’s ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him." 
—Billy Graham

"Unlike most suburban megachurches, much of Redeemer is remarkably traditional. What is not traditional is Dr. Keller’s skill in speaking the language of his urbane audience. . . . Observing Dr. Keller’s 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." 
Christianity Today 

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  1. Don
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful insights
    November 14, 2017
    Don
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    Keller 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.
  2. Harvey Kiekover
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    January 4, 2017
    Harvey Kiekover
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    A 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).
  3. Don
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God touches the ordinary and it becomes spectacular!
    December 21, 2016
    Don
    Quality: 5
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    The 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.
  4. Lisa
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    December 4, 2016
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    This is the BEST book for Christmas. Such a beautiful explaination of the true meaning of Christmas.
  5. Rev Jim
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    Clearing away the mistletoe
    December 3, 2016
    Rev Jim
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    This book is so needed! We have secularized Christmas and Easter to the point that Christ Jesus has dropped out of the picture. The birth and death of that man named Jesus is overwhelmingly impactful to our lives as individuals and citizens of this planet. We have left our first Love - if you ever learned to return the love He has for you - go back to knowing Him more than you celebrate his life's beginning and end. Your future hangs in the balance of that short 33 year life.
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