Has the meaning of Christmas has been lost? How do you bring the true meaning of the holiday back to the season? If you want less focus on presents and more on Christian values, make sure your family has a copy of this book for your Christmas season.
In an era when Christmas is often portrayed as little more than a celebration of consumerism, many Christians are searching for a way to offer a deeper appreciation of the holiday to their children and family. New York Times Best Selling Author W. Cleon Skousen's The Real Story of Christmas reconnects the reader with what Christmas is supposed to be about: peace, goodwill, and the story of Jesus Christ. Skousen breathes new life into the Nativity story, with ample political and historical context. This book lets you meet the people who knew Jesus during his time on earth. Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna, and the three wise men, are brought to life with details of how they learned of the Savior's coming, and their search for the Child Christ.
Dr.Skousen describes in vivid detail the profound experiences these people had when their faith led them to recognize Christ for who He really was, and how we can find the real spirit of Christmas by seeking Christ, and practicing peace and goodwill.
Elizabeth W. Roach, reviewing for the Association of Mormon Letters, showered the book with praise, noting that "Dr. Skousen's 'The Real Story of Christmas' reads like it springs from a father wanting his family to know about what matters most."
The book also includes Luke 2, the original biblical account of Jesus's birth and parts of His childhood.
The Real Story of Christmas is a quick read, separated into sections: the perfect book for a few cozy nights of bringing your family closer to Christ--and to each other--during Christmastime.
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Mark Deakins does such a great job in narrating this book. It has been a tradition to read this book every Christmas Eve and Mark has a flawless performance.
I love the history the book gives about Christmas.
It has to be the end of the book.
The Real Story of Christmas puts me in the Christmas spirit ever year. I love this book and I am so thankful it is available as an audiobook.
The Real Story of Christmas is the best Christmas book out there. I highly suggest getting this one.
The historical and geographical setting to the birth of Jesus, lightly tying Old Testament and New Testament connections as one, suddenly comes together in a moving, tender fashion making this a story to hear over and over. The details that typically go missing when this story is told are included here without the corruption of the traditional embellishments that Christians of later years have heaped upon this simple story. The specifics are laid out in understandable order, and with meaning. There was so much information in pleasantly flowing story-telling form, it was easy to listen to it, and would be easy to play again multiple times during the Christmas and Easter season. I loved it, the whole Christmas story now has a simple and beautiful authority and reality I didn't realize existed.
Surprisingly, my heart goes out to Joseph, that stalwart husband of Mary's whose faith carried him through the disappointing discovery that his beloved was expecting, and not by him, and how he came to understand the truth, and stood by her side through this important and sacred event of the birth of Jesus. His labors to find a place for Mary's child delivery in a crowded city, the pressure he must have felt. He is such a good person whose part in this I had never really appreciated, and for whom I now have such respect.
Mr. Deakins did a masterful job. I'm a fan of Deakins and have enjoyed several of his books. He moves this story along with feeling, proper emphasis, beautiful cadence and pronunciation, and easy listening. He has the gift of transporting the listener to another time and place, and keeping me there for the duration, and wanting to go back for more.
I think the massacre of the innocents in Herod's attempt to kill the newborn king caught me by surprise. All of those mothers in Bethlehem suffering the slaughter of their own newborn sons, what terrible agony, what cruelty, what terror, and what an evil man Herod was, what horror he inflicted on these little babies and their mothers. I was also moved by the wrapping up of the real purpose of the life of Jesus, that he was born to bear the sins and woes of a fallen world. Beautifully written, beautifully narrated. I would share it with all of my friends and acquaintances, it brightened my day, gave encouragement for the trials of life, thank you Mr. Skousen for this wonderful experience.
I liked the background information that explained things such as who the wise men from the east were, Herod's reasons for concern, the business of taxation that overflowed the villages at the time of Jesus's birth, why Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt and why they felt it was safe to come back. And, for me December never seemed to fit the scripture story of when Jesus was born, and I really liked how Skousen clarifies that, showing that the scripture makes it more of a spring-time event when shepherds are on the lookout for hungry predators preying on the flocks just as the spring-time green grasses are just starting to show.
Yes I would it was a good history of Christmas and very in depth view of what we know of the birth of Christ.
I liked the in depth history. it went further than most of the books that talk about Christ. It also turned Christmas back to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
There wasn't a specific character that Mark Deakins performed. He did however make the reading very interesting and easy to listen to.
I did listen to it in one sitting. it is shorter so its really easy to do.
This book was an easy one sitting listen. because of how the narrator did his job and because the book was short. It is a perfect holiday season read.
I loved this book! Mark Deakins is a strong orator and reads the text so you can understand it. It's nice to get the real story behind why Christmas is celebrated and how it should be remembered. One of the nice things about this book is that it is only a little over half an hour-anyone can take the time to listen to it! I plan on listening to it repeatedly and recommending it to family and friends!
This is one of the best Christmas books that really captures the reason for the season.
The season is all about Jesus
Mark is really one of the best.
The humble beginning of Jesus.
This book is a new tradition in our family.
I haven't read the print version, though I don't think I will. This audiobook will be a Christmas tradition for my family while we sit around the lighted Christmas tree, listening to this remarkable event.
Mark Deakin is a master reader. Everything he reads is more enjoyable.
The Real Story of Christmas brings all the scattered scriptures and history together to make an intriguing, gripping, and hallelujah-exclaiming story - AND, it all really happened! Great audio book.
Everything is well said in 35 minutes. The history of Christmas was amazing.
Jesus. Christmas would not matter if it was not for Jesus and Mary.
The entire book was performed to perfection. Mark is a top narrator.
It sure was.
This is the book for Christmas!
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The vivid details about Christmas and the events that lead up to the birth of Jesus. Also told in a story format that kept the kinds entertained.
I am a big Mark Deakin's fan. I purchased the book because of him. He did such a great job in The Maze Runner and so many other books.
I did listen in one sitting.
This is a new family tradition to listen to The Real Story of Christmas.
I listen to books on my commute at 1.75 speed. I like umpiring books, corny sci-fi, religious, history, and whatever catches my eye.
I was getting into the reading when a phrase caught my ear - that the angel Gabriel wad really the prophet Noah. I had to rewind and catch that again. I don't remember reading that in any Biblical account. As I continued on it got to John being born and says that an angel ordained him after his birth. Again, this caught my ear so I had to stop and see where this book really came from.
Well, in further research the author is from the Mormon church so the extra-biblical account must come from one of the LDS books. Now that made sense. When it got to the angels telling the shepherds, it was all the former day saints. And somewhere God made divine revelation that Jesus was actually born on April 6.
What they got right in this book was real good but what they got wrong was really wrong and denies that angels are created beings instead of man elevated (or devalued in purpose) and that the scriptures, teachings and prayer alone were enough to teach Jesus as he grew up, instead being ministered to and taught by angels to fulfill his destiny.
I was going to listen to this with my kids but I would have too much to explain as this Mormon version contains too much that is outside of the Bible.
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