Inside the Christmas Story: Reflections for Advent

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A&C Black, Nov 2, 2012 - Religion - 160 pages
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If you are troubled by the loss of 'Christ' in 'Christmas'; and by the noise, pressure and materialism of secular Advent with its emphasis on material and commercial rather than spiritual preparation for Christmas, this book will help you to read and think about Advent and Christmas in a new way. Co-authored by a New Testament specialist and a practising clinical psychologist, it explores the familiar narratives from the Christmas story with freshness and vigour, and draws out their implications for day-to-day living. The Christmas story is full of themes that we often avoid in churches - asylum seekers and refugees; death; loss and suffering; old age; childlessness - but they can give a new depth and meaning to our Christmas celebrations. Christmas will not seem the same again.
 

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INSIDE THE CHRISTMAS STORY

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I BOUGHT THIS BOOK AS A PRESENT FOR A DEAR FRIEND, BUT BEFORE PARTING WITH IT, I DID BROWSE THROUGH THE PAGES AND WAS VERY INTERESTED IN READING ABOUT THE INNER MEANING OF CHRISTMAS AND THE SEASON OF ... Read full review

Contents

Before we begin
1
December 1 Christmas and Jesus
5
December 2 Christmas and the rest of life
11
December 3 Christmas and science
17
December 4 Christmas and the Gospels of Matthew and Luke
25
December 5 Christmas and a family tree
32
December 6 Christmas and Jesus parents
39
December 7 Christmas and prophecy
47
December 15 Christmas and humility
103
December 16 Christmas and shepherds
111
December 17 Christmas and Anna
118
December 18 Christmas and Simeon
124
December 19 Christmas and the Magi
131
December 20 Christmas and presents
138
December 21 Christmas and refugees
146
December 22 Christmas and loss
152

December 8 Christmas and Zechariah
54
December 9 Christmas and Elizabeth
62
December 10 Christmas and forgiveness
69
December 11 Christmas and a girl called Mary
76
December 12 Christmas and children
83
December 13 Christmas and hardship
91
December 14 Christmas and Augustus
97
December 23 Christmas and food
158
December 24 Christmas and Jesus the man
164
December 25 Christmas
171
December 26 Th ey think its all over
174
Index
179
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About the author (2012)

Anthony Bash works at the University of Durham where he is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, Chaplain and Tutor for Postgraduates at Hatfield College, and a Teaching Assistant at Durham University Business School.

Melanie Bash is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Lecturer at Newcastle University.

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