Item description for Redeeming Halloween: Celebrating Without Selling Out (Focus on the Family) by Kim Wier & Pam McCune...
Overview Christians face a dilemma every year on October 31: "What should and shouldn't we do--and let our kids do--in observance of Halloween?" Redeeming Halloween answers all the questions Christians have about the origins and meaning of the holiday, and it provides fun, guilt-free ideas that will help you enjoy it. From costumes and decorating hints to original party suggestions, the authors offer a godly approach that will help Christian parents balance love with conviction and create treasured memories for their children.
Publishers Description Christians face a dilemma every year on October 31: "What should and shouldnt we do--and let our kids do--in observance of Halloween?" Redeeming Halloween answers all the questions Christians have about the origins and meaning of the holiday, and it provides fun, guilt-free ideas that will help you enjoy it. From costumes and decorating hints to original party suggestions, the authors offer a godly approach that will help Christian parents balance love with conviction and create treasured memories for their children.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Focus on the Family
ISBN 1589971558 ISBN13 9781589971554
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More About Kim Wier & Pam McCune
Kim Wier is the founder and president of Engaging Women Ministries, a non-profit ministry. She also produces and co-hosts a one-hour live weekly radio program called Engaging Women, and is a sought after speaker, Kim lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with her husband, Tony, and their three children, Chase, Bailey, and Hannah.
Kim Wier currently resides in Nacogdoches, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Redeeming Halloween?
Halloween and All Saint's Day Oct 7, 2007
Our family has been anti-Halloween for a long time feeling that something that appears evil, must BE evil. After this book, I felt liberated and motivated to search other legitimate resources and discover more of the fragmented history we have on this holiday and the one that preceded it. It's unfortunate that other reviewers claim this book did not recognize any pagan roots of what came to be Halloween, because it openly (although briefly) talked about the pagan roots of November 1 (AKA Samhain). It also gave light to the fact that there were pagan roots of other now-Christian holidays such as Christmas, which was placed on December 25th specifically to counteract a pagan holiday occurring at that time dealing with seasons (Winter Solstice). It's no secret that early Christians commonly took pagan holidays and claimed the date as their own--finding redeeming value in a day that otherwise would be used in non-Christian ways. In 741 A.D., All Saints' Day was moved from May 13th to November 1st for that very reason. Furthermore, as was the common Judeo-Christian practice, days were counted from sunset to sunset. Therefore, the evening of October 31st was considered part of All Saint's Day, AKA All Hallow's Day (hallowed means sanctified or holy). All Hallow's Eve (Halloween) literally means "The Eve of the Holy Ones." Keep in mind that the same harsh battle raging against Halloween has been fought in church history against other Christian holidays like Christmas (which also originated from a pagan holiday).
If you read this book, you'll discover that the brief history chapter is definitely not the focus of the book. It's about boldly enjoying Halloween by attempting to celebrate it as our early Christian ancestors hoped we would. We can start by learning more about past saints/martyrs throughout history. In addition, there were numerous ideas and ways of using this holiday to meet and greet neighbors and friends who are out celebrating the holiday. I hadn't considered how my generosity and openness on Halloween night might change and deepen hundreds of relationships I have with other townspeople. As the book asks, "What other night of the year will half of your town come knocking on your door?" Many ideas and positive experiences were shared that could be easily implemented in our home and in our church. Even dressing up and trick-or-treating was given new meaning simply in the examination of the characters we choose and how they relate to us as believers.
My only criticisms of this book might be the limited sources provided for those who want to search more deeply into the history of November 1st celebrations. However, that being said, the authors did document their use of Philip Schaff's early church history writings for their historical information. Schaff was a well-known church historian from the 1800s whom many scholars have referred to for early Christian historical and cultural information.
For those who are confused by mixed reviews, I would definitely take the time to read the entire book before making any judgment of what is and isn't in the book. In addition, take the opportunity to study the facts and evidence (both in this book and OTHER legitimate historical accounts) before making a decision for your family. Sometimes it's easier to run from something that scares us than to dive into the full truth of it and find redeeming value. It's liberating to re-discover the obvious--that there is nothing inherently evil in ANY day of the year despite its abuse by the world. WE make of it what we will by being who we always are. With a little education and a paradigm shift, it IS possible to redeem Halloween. Despite the gory (mostly Western) commercialism of present-day Halloween, I truly believe that all things really can work together for the good of those who love the Lord. This holiday will now hold a much different meaning in my life and the life of my growing family.
Read it and decide for yourself Sep 15, 2007
I thought the book was great and freeing. I love it that I can let my children enjoy trick-or-treating and at the same time teach them about martyrs for Christ and even try to be a witness for Jesus in our neighborhood. Last year, after sharing some of the ideas in this book with my children, they carved crosses in their pumpkins and put out candles to line our walkway in paper bags with the letters JESUS cut into the bags. We made our house a house of light on that night, as is suggested in the book.
I don't know which verse one of the people complaining in an earlier review meant when she said "the verse the book is based on." They quote many Bible verses. And, since the complainers below do not site any facts or research for why the authors of this book are wrong about the information they provide, I have no reason to believe the other reviewers over the authors of this book.
I really liked the book and I was just about to buy a copy for a friend when I saw the reviews.
I'd say the book is well-worth reading. Get it and decide for yourself.
Why do Christians insist on Twisting History??? Oct 12, 2006
This book is full of utter nonsense. Halloween is an ancient Celtic PAGAN holiday, that celebrated the end of summer. It was there LONG, LONG before Christianity was even invented. At least have the guts to admit that your just stealing a PAGAN holiday and appropriating it for your uses if your going to write a Christian book about it. Sheesh! When will people ever learn that just because something isn't christian, that doesn't make it evil. If you celebrate Halloween and are Charistian at least admit to yourself that you are celebratin a Pagan holiday. If yoyu like Halloween then celebrate, that doesn't make you evil, and it doesn't mean you've turned to Satan, Pagans don't even believe in Satan!
Have Christians Lost Their Minds? Oct 30, 2005
Redeeming a PAGAN holiday by packaging it as a Christian holiday is deceptive. This book is filled with lies. Authors do not tell the truth about the history of Halloween. I would rate this a "0" if that were available.
Dissapointed this book leads people astray from the truth Oct 27, 2005
The verse the book is 'based' on is so far out of context--go to your Bible and read what the rest of the passage says. It does not say what this book purports. Study the Scripture for yourself. Halloween is NOT a Christian holiday and it never was! This book not only distorts history but seeks to rewrite it to justify comprosmise within the church. Do not be deceived! Extreemly dissapointed with those who promoted this book.