Wednesday, December 18, 2013

War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression Book Review

War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression

  • Is it a bunch of pagan symbols “Christianized” for the celebration?
  • Why is our concept of Christmas so important for those who don’t believe in Jesus?
  • Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?
Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas is a time of peace and love.  So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are nixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word “Christmas” is considered by some as offensive.  Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war.

This book contains a fantastic compilation of writings, pictures and illustrations edited by Bodie Hodge.  There are 23 chapters in the book with a range of subjects from The Nativity to Saint Nicholas.  There are other books with similar titles but this book is different.   There are several books describing the correlation of Christmas and the Roman celebration of Saturnalia which occurred sometime around December 17th - 23rd.  Hodge gives a very compelling argument that the origins of these Roman and Greek gods were actually the very descendants of Noah.  It is interesting to me that pagan festivals originated as celebrations of the life of people that were in the Bible. 

The War on Christmas is only 144 pages, short enough to make an easy Christmas read but it is a powerful read and it helps with the meaning of the season.  I really recommend this book.

Full Disclosure - I received a copy of the book to review at no charge, the opinions expressed are my own.