Christmas Stories. We all know the traditional stories. Of santa of Jesus in a manger, the Savior of our world. But all too often, we live in these stories and we forget the extraordinary nature of them. The God of the universe come down in a manger, the Savior of creation who lived to die for us, though we do not deserve it. In Christmas Stories, we see a collection of short stories by Max Lucado. In Part 1 we look more at the lives of those impacted by Jesus, where Christ is Celebrated. In Part 2 we look at the story of Jesus through different eyes, from Gabriel to Mary to Joseph to a little bow who worked in a carpenter shop that crafted the manger in which Jesus lay.I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Part 1 is my favorite however, I really enjoyed the Christmas Candle as it told a story of how God can use an ordinary situation to bless His followers, that sometimes hope is what is needed. Maybe He is the Messiah was another wonderful story, and if it does not cause someone to think of their actions, of how they would respond, I do not know what would. The Christmas Child was definitely a tearjerker, as was the Answer is Yes, both are stories I will be reading with my friends next time Christmas comes around. The North Pole or the Manger was a comparison between Jesus and santa, between Salvation and presents. Which would you choose?Part 2, was interesting as well. We got to see perspectives from Gabriel, Joseph, and a carpenter named Jacob. We saw Christ from different perspectives and it all shows just how much He gave up for us, for people that would later crucify Him on a cross. How amazing is that love? How can one not want to praise it.
After reading this book, I would gladly give it 5/5 stars. It was phenomenal and caused me to look at things differently, I suggest for each of you to read it to your families at well around Christmas Time, it will make a good ‘Advent Calendar’ of sorts, perhaps reading a chapter or a few pages each evening until the book is complete. Either way, purchase this book, you will not regret it.
I received his book for free via BookSneeze’s blogging for books program. I was in no way required to give a positive review, however due to the nature of this book, I chose to give a 5 star review on the merits of the author’s work. I look forward to reading more of Max Lucado’s books in the future.