Sunday, November 28, 2010

Putting God Back In The Holidays: Book Review

About The Book:


Instead of the joy-filled celebrations that we build up in our minds, the holidays (pick one, any one) can often become stress-filled, money-draining, joy-less days of the year that we just “want to get through.” And it is by our own volition that we have refused too many times to allow our holiday celebrations to be the spiritual experience they are meant to be.

This book has been conceived and designed over 30 years as Dr. Bill Thrasher has spoken to thousands of people, helping them realize the spiritual battle that surrounds their celebration of the holidays. Littered with practical thoughts, ideas, experiences, and stories, Putting God Back in the Holidays will help you and your family celebrate holidays and birthdays with biblical truth in mind.Instead of the joy-filled celebrations that we build up in our minds, the holidays (pick one, any one) can often become stress-filled, money-draining, joy-less days of the year that we just “want to get through.” And it is by our own volition that we have refused too many times to allow our holiday celebrations to be the spiritual experience they are meant to be.

This book has been conceived and designed over 30 years as Dr. Bill Thrasher has spoken to thousands of people, helping them realize the spiritual battle that surrounds their celebration of the holidays. Littered with practical thoughts, ideas, experiences, and stories, Putting God Back in the Holidays will help you and your family celebrate holidays and birthdays with biblical truth in mind.




About The Authors:

Bill Thrasher (BS, Auburn University; ThM, ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a graduate professor of Bible and theology at Moody Bible Institute and is a frequent speaker for churches and retreats across the country. He is the author of several books including A Journey to Victorious Praying. Bill and his wife, Penny, live in the Chicago area and have three songs.

Penny Thrasher was raised in a home given to hospitality and feels privileged to carry on that tradition, especially in hosting large holiday celebrations. Penny has taught home school for many years and enjoys serving in their church, being part of a prayer group that supports missionaries, and mentoring young women.

For more information, visit www.VictoriousPraying.com

My Review:

Putting God Back in the Holidays is exactly the book I have been looking for to use with my family for a while. Although my children are only four and two years old, there are many traditions I would love to introduce to them already. This book is loaded with fantastic ideas, and is organized so well. Holidays covered include the following:

**Christmas
**Easter/Good Friday
**Halloween
**New Years
**Birthdays (including Spiritual birthdays)
**Thanksgiving
**Valentines Day
**Martin Luther King Jr Day
**President's Day
**St. Patricks Day
***Arbor Day
**Mother's and Father's Day
**Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and The Fourth of July
**Labor Day

The one thing that I love about this book is that all the activities are designed to have your family doing things TOGETHER. In a world where individual activities dominate family schedules, it is very nice to have some tangible ideas to do things together, regardless of the age of the family members. Love this! Since all families do things differently, there are a variety of ideas, and you obviously will pick and choose those activities that work for you. I know for my family, we personally have chosen not to participate in Halloween, and that is okay.That is what works for us.

  We also do not emphasize Santa at Christmas, although my children do know who he is, we focus almost exclusively on the birth of Jesus.  This year we are using scripture based Advent calendars, and reading a number of children's picture books that tell the story of the birth of Jesus.

But what I love most of all about Putting God Back in the Holdays is exactly that: the reminder that God has to be the center of all we do as we prepare for, and engage in holiday activities!  I have been reminded that going into this busy season of Christmas to really take time to relax and reflect, and have Him at the center of all I do during the next four weeks.

A great reminder, and I highly recommend this book.

BUY IT: You can purchase Putting God Back in the Holidays online through Moody Publishers. It is also available through your local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Moody Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

2 comments:

  1. it must be a good book, It's just so sad the world has forgotten the true meaning of christmas and that is Christ, not snowman or santa claus

    Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Shirley I thought I was already following you however I looked and I was not. So sorry!! I have been meaning to get this book. It is so easy to get "caught up" in the wordly things that is why everyone is forgetting the "true" meaning of the holidays. We personally in our home follow only the truth. I grew up with Santa and the easter bunny and such. When the Lord revealed to me that this things are of the world not of Him we change how we celebrated them. Does this book focus on that or does is focus on its ok to enjoy Santa or the Easter Bunny as long you teach the true meaning of these holidays?

    That was my only concern about if not to get this book.

    Hope your turkey day was blessed!!

    ReplyDelete