Book review: Make Christmas Real

by John Henson

★★★★★

I loved it! The first Christmas comes alive in this book, in typical John Henson form. Throw what you thought you knew about Christmas out the window. The really, really humble birth of our Lord is even more precious than the manger scenes portray. The first half of the book is a story to be treasured.

Henson and Ray Vincent then collaborate on a few practical Christmas-themed sermons in the second half of the book. If you find the holiday season to be too commercial and exhausting, these chapters will be a breath of fresh air.

I confess, I didn’t always follow how some of the themes relate to Christmas. Henson’s endorsement of Harry Potter books as Christian literature threw me a little. Not that I’m no fan of Harry Potter, it’s just…

…oh, hey, maybe I’m getting the connection now. The wizards who visited the baby Jesus from the East, right? The misfits that today’s manger scenes turn into three kings, because wizards just won’t do? We can’t have magicians from the land of Zoroastrianism with their star-gazing and occult practices in our Christmas story. That would be like us today welcoming New Age spiritual freaks into our church.

One of Henson’s finest, cover to cover.

AuthorHouse, © 2014, 118 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4969-7894-3

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