Enter our December book giveaway for a chance to win The Christmas Story: The Bible Version by Carine MacKenzie.
About the Book:
In the corner of a stable where the animals usually eat there is a baby in a blanket lying in a box. This baby is the Son of God who has been sent to save. In this book you will find out who needs saving and how it is that this special Child will do it.
Praise for The Christmas Story:
“The Christmas Story brings the truth and purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world alive for children. In this beautifully illustrated book, Carine writes with imagination and clarity for children and whole families.”
-Amy Orr-Ewing, UK Director, RZIM Zacharias Trust
“What parent, Sunday School teacher or Pastor would not want a Christ-centered, Biblically faithful and understandable story written for children that is also well illustrated and well written? Now we have one which will not only benefit our children but will be loved and devoured by the adults who read it to them.”
-Harry L. Reeder, Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
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Abandoned by my mother, I was often clueless about my father’s whereabouts, while his girlfriend-a cruel, angry, and violent woman ‘looked after us’. She wasn’t nice and would get angry with us kids and hit us. She would get angry a lot”
You might think that this is just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood but the difference is that Mez discovered a hope that transformed his life.
About Mez McConnell:
Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland’s poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children.
Where to Buy:
What’s the Point of Life? by Mez McConell is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:
When you read the title and subtitle of this book it might seem strange to you. I understand if it does. But you could have been reading quite the wrong story all your life. Certainly your kids have been cast in starring roles in someone’s re-imagining of Christ’s birth.
We can’t exactly blame Hollywood for the inaccuracies that have crept in because, frankly, the version that get’s retold as the story of the birth of Christ has been miss-told for generations.
Not only are there definite errors but there are huge gaps too!
Where we’re wrong:
1. The Wise Men. There might have been three – there could have easily have been six, or eight.The story of three wise men has been developed simply because of the presence of three gifts. I think it’s a bit of a leap, but we can agree to disagree on that one. And I know that somehow Three Wise Men rolls off the tongue easily. It’s just that the Bible doesn’t say one way or the other. In the scheme of things though it’s not a biggy.
2. The Wise Men and the Shepherds. These two groups of men were not in the story at the same time. The Wise Men appear some time later than the Shepherds in the biblical narrative and they are described as worshiping the child Jesus in a house. So the images we’ve seen for years on Christmas cards depicting shepherds and exotic travelers gathered around the manger is not a scene described in the Bible.
3. When the Wise Men come to worship Jesus, He is described as a child. So we’re looking at what probably is at least a gap of a year, maybe more, between the visit of the Shepherds and the visit of the Wise Men.
However, I think one of the most important reasons for describing this Christmas story book as the Bible Version is not simply because it corrects the mistakes – it’s because of the material it includes. And this is material that is often excluded from the story of the nativity.
The Christmas Story: The Bible Version begins at the beginning in the Garden of Eden, when mankind sinned. Why start there? Well that’s where we first find Jesus. Through the sin of our first parents we see the beginning of our own sinful natures. Then the punishment that we all deserve, death, raises it’s ugly head for the first time. However, not is all lost as in the promise of God we discover that there is a plan of salvation. There is a Savior. There is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It’s in the Garden of Eden and throughout the Old Testament that we see God revealing his plan of redemption. We see how Christ fulfills the prophecies of Genesis, Isaiah and Micah. And then we go on to see that the story of Christmas doesn’t just stop at Christ’s birth. Of course it doesn’t! A birth is only ever a beginning – and Jesus’ birth is a promise of greater things to come. Yes, there will be tears – but it’s a sadness to end sadness. Yes, there is a death – but it’s a death to end death. The true story of Jesus’ birth takes us us to the truth of Christ’s words in John 3: ‘You must be born again’. The story of Christ’s birth, his death, his resurrection must take us all to to that point where we are presented with the truth that sinners need saved, that we need to trust and obey God’s Word that we find in the Bible.
I hope you enjoy reading this book and sharing it with a child as much as I enjoyed working on it and Carine Mackenzie enjoyed writing it.
And here’s a thought – take out your Bible afterwards and read it to double-check!
Where to buy:
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On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. While many of us are familiar with this story, I’m willing to bet most of us haven’t taken the time to read what concerns and objections Luther was raising. You can read Luther’s 95 theses here: LINK.
If reading the 95 theses piques your interest in Martin Luther, you may want to dig deeper into his life with one of the books shown below:
Rebecca Davis was in studio this week with Kevin Boling to discuss the Hidden Heroes Missionary series published by Christian Focus for Kids. The interview is available to stream or download here: LINK.
Books in the Hidden Heroes series:
About Rebecca Davis:
Rebecca Davis lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she loves to research and write true stories for children and their families about God’s great work all over the world. In schools and churches she presents dramatic storytelling events based on the books she has written. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.
Join us in wishing a very special happy birthday to Christian Focus 4 Kids author Carine Mackenzie!
Are you ready to go on an adventure – an adventure with God? His Word is all you need to tackle this journey that we are all on – the journey of life. Read his instructions and then discover God’s rescue plan for the world through his Son Jesus Christ. When you’re exploring God’s Word – get ready for the ride of your life!
My favourite points about this book:
* I love the way this retelling of God’s Word is God centred – not child centred… but is also just at the right level for a young reader.
* It doesn’t patronise the reader and with realistic illustrations this is a book that backs up the real adventure that is the Word of God.
* From Genesis to Revelation we see God at work through his Word and Christ at the centre of Scripture
Learn more here: LINK