Monday, December 21, 2009

A Not-So-Silent Night by Verlyn D. Verbrugge

This isn't your typical Christmas book. It's rather dark, and takes an entirely different view of the Christmas story...yet is Biblically accurate...

Verlyn D. Verbrugge takes a risk in writing an examination of the Biblical Christmas story with a dark, forboding tone. It isn't an easy book to read...but one thing remains...

...he's right.

We've endangered ourselves when we see the birth of Christ through Christmas light-tinted lenses. The story of Jesus came with tremendous hardship, sacrifice and pain. His entire life was a story of rejection by those who should have embraced Him.

From Mary being an unwed mother in a culture known for stoning such women, to a cave rather than what we think of as an inn a cataclysmic spiritual war, kicked off with satan forced to exit Heaven and volleyed with the birth of the Messiah...

...definitely food for thought.

This isn't going to be a popular book to read at Christmas. Many may even be critical of the nature and tone of the book. But when you really sit and think about all it cost to bring that baby...the Son of God...into this world, how can you not realize the shadow that was cast over these events?

A baby born to die. A manger overshadowed by a cross. The true joy and celebration takes place years the empty tomb. But it all began on a lonely night in a town called Bethlehem...with only lowly shepherds and a few magi to celebrate the birth.

Take a peek at this one, won't you? I'm not going to rate it. It's well written and meticulously thought out. And something to ponder this Christmas...

Happy Reading!



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