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A Bethlehem Christmas: Celebrating the Joyful Season [Hardcover]

By Charles R. Swindoll (Author)
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Bestselling author Swindoll invites readers to sit back and enjoy his personal and engaging retelling of the first Christmas story. Combining both regal mystery and humble human experience, the book focuses on four major characters: Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, and Immanuel.

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The world changed forever one Bethlehem night. Best-selling author Charles R. Swindoll invites us to sit back and enjoy his personal and engaging retelling of the first Christmas story. Combining both regal mystery and humble human experience, the book focuses on four major characters: Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, and Immanuel. "A Bethlehem Christmas" provides biblical insight with the heart and warmth of a gifted storyteller to bring what happened at the nativity to life and renew the joyful hope of Christmas.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.24" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1404104682  
ISBN13  9781404104686  
UPC  023755008787  

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More About Charles R. Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll, Dr Charles Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and host of the internationally syndicated radio program, Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including, Strengthening Your Grip, Laugh Again, and Grace Awakening. He and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Frisco, Texas.

Charles R. Swindoll currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.

Charles R. Swindoll has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Great Lives from God's Word
  2. Insight for Living Bible Study Guides
  3. Proclaiming the Gospel

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Biblical
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( S ) > Swindoll, Charles
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas

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Great read, excellent for Christmas season.  May 2, 2010
This book is perfect to read during the Christmas season. The perspective of Mary and Joseph telling the Nativity story is very thought provoking and makes you look beyond the basics. It proclaims Jesus Our Savior is born.... can't argue with that.
A holiday delight with lively text and meaningful message  Jul 15, 2008
Bestselling author and beloved evangelical pastor Charles R. Swindoll takes the Christmas story to another level as he beautifully retells the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus --- not from a single individual's perspective but from three separate ones. Swindoll believes that by presenting this well-loved biblical story from a fresh vantage point, informed readers will revisit the all-too-familiar seasonal Christmas account differently as they gain new insights gleaned through several diverse experiences. He tells of the birth of the Savior as written first by Mary, then as Joseph and finally as the angel Gabriel.

Swindoll opens with the faith-shattering circumstances surrounding Zacharias, the elderly priest, who is offering sacrifices in the Holy Place when an angel foretells of the birth of Zacharias's son, John, to Elizabeth in her old age. Sudden hope mingled with unbelief, and then denial and doubt, lace Zacharias's response to the angel whereby he is rendered mute until the son is born.

Once the historical stage is set, Mary's voice is then offered as she tells of her childhood home, family and faith. Most significantly, her meeting with Joseph is described as is her burgeoning love and growing respect for Joseph as her future husband. Written almost like a journal, Mary shares her deepest feelings formed from the angel's visitation to her and of his prophecy that she will bear the Savior of the world. Swindoll delves more deeply into the womanly cares and concerns of Mary as she is rejected and misunderstood by those closest to her. Then, she finds respite and encouragement through the now-pregnant Elizabeth and finally as Joseph is reassured by a heavenly visitor that Mary truly is a virgin; he, in turn, comforts her and they marry. Her story continues through their journey to Bethlehem, and even the birth of the Messiah is lovingly presented.

Joseph's perspective mirrors Mary's in timeline and happenings. However, readers now gain the man's thoughts and inner-workings from the time he is introduced to Mary until he takes her as his wife, and they journey to Bethlehem. Readers will appreciate their parallel yet distinctive takes on the same life events. Finally, the angel Gabriel speaks, and it is from the heavens that readers gain yet a third unique look at the birth of Jesus.

Not only will readers appreciate the author's fine storytelling ability, they will find themselves lingering long over the rich and vivid tapestry of artwork strewn generously from beginning to end. Some of the artwork included here is "The Adoration of the Child" by Gerrit van Honthorst, "The Annunciation" by Philippe de Champaigne and "Joseph's Dream" by Luca Giordano. This seamlessly written holiday book will draw readers, young and old, to its lively text and meaningful message of hope, faith and love. Swindoll's work is always delightful and instructive, and this newest offering is a veritable (non-calorie) feast for the senses.

--- Reviewed by Michele Howe


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