Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Book Review

About The Book:

An anthology of Advent readings collected from the writings and sermons of 22 classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers.
Between purchasing presents and planning travel, enjoying holiday pageants and attending parties, it is all too easy for Christmas to silence the sacredness and crowd out a quiet anticipation of the season's truths. So when editor Nancy Guthrie decided she wanted a reflective book of Advent readings that would help her pause and consider the riches of Christ come to earth, she embarked on what she calls "a sacred adventure," putting together such a collection herself.
The result-this special volume-draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Whitefield, Luther, Spurgeon, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, J. Ligon Duncan, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Francis Schaeffer, R. C. Sproul, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada to beckon you and your family into the wonder of Jesus' incarnation and birth.
With its high view of Scripture and its focus on the gift of Jesus, this lovely book is sure to ready your heart and mind for a fresh experience of "Immanuel, God with us" this and every Advent season. Open the cover and discover what Christmas was meant to be…
About The Editor:
Nancy Guthrie teaches at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, speaks at conferences around the country and internationally, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in over 6,000 churches around the country and host Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child. She is the author of numerous books including Holding on to HopeThe One Year Book of HopeHearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow and The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament. She is also the editor of a series of anthologies published by Crossway including Come Thou Long Expected JesusJesus Keep Me Near the CrossBe Still My Soul and O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
My Review:
Every year I try to pick up a new devotional or book about Advent, to help me really understand the great gift that God gave us in the birth of His son, Jesus. I have read a number of very good books about Advent over the years, but Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, is by far one of my favorites.
As you read you will come across wonderful meditations from Christian theologians from the past and present, yet my favorite entries was from Francis Schaeffer, which reads:
"As we ourselves have run down the hill with the shepherds, looked at the baby, and heard the shepherd's testimony, have we believed? If we have, that is a happy thing indeed, for it means we are now Christians. That is fine, but then we must ask ourselves: what difference has this looking made in our present lives?
At Christmas time, we set up our Christmas trees and toy trains. We may even walk along singing carols, or we may preach a sermon, but these bits and pieces are barren if we are thinking only of them or even thinking only of being in heaven, and are not stopping to ask ourselves, What difference does it make in our life now?" (p.107)
Here is another quote from the book, by Tim Kelller:
Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you - Tim Keller (p. 40)
I thoroughly loved reading this book, and will continue to read it for years to come during the Advent season. I have recommended it to a few friends already and will to many more. It contains some of my favorite teachers, including John Piper and Randy Alcorn.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus online, directly from Crossway. It is also available through your favorite Christian bookseller.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Crossway Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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