Summary: Ever hear any of these statements? “Christmas was a pagan celebration stolen by Christians”, “Jesus wasn’t really born of a virgin”, “The X in place of Christ is a way to remove Christ from Christmas.” General Editor Bodie Hodge tackles these ideas and more in the newly released book The War on Christmas. Gear up for the Christmas season by getting the facts behind some of Christmas’ most talked about controversies.
Review: I’ve fielded my fair share of questions surrounding Christmas. With a diverse group of friends, both online and off, it’s inevitable that questions come up. My responses were ok but after reading through The War on Christmas I feel much more prepared.
Let’s start on the outside and work our way in. The cover is great! I love the wrecking ball slamming into the Christmas tree. Sometimes that’s how it feels when we’re asked questions regarding our faith, doesn’t it? Like the asker is trying to demolish what we hold to be truth. There are times when I get asked questions and I feel like I did an ok job answering them but then there’s that one question that makes me go, “Uh, well, hmmm, let me get back to you.” So yeah, I think the visual on the cover is a nice touch.
Moving inside, the topics are well-organized into five main sections: “What About Christmas?”, “Confusion and Misconceptions”, “It’s All Baby Jesus”, “How Christmas Came to Be”, and “The War on Christmas”. Bodie Hodge starts things off with the big questions and works his way to the most important reason for the season, Salvation. I think that the most thought-provoking part for me was close to the end when he brings up the importance of Creation in regards to Christmas. Sounds weird, right? Not so much. Basic idea (but Mr. Hodge does a much better job of explaining it) is that without Creation we wouldn’t need a Savior. If God didn’t actually make people, then why would He send Jesus to be born and later die? Without that firm base of Creation, “the reason for the season” becomes irrelevant.
It’s really hard to pick just one favorite part, there’s so much good information presented! If you’ve been wondering about some of the traditions associated with Christmas, or if you’ve been needing some solid evidence for those asking you questions, I would highly suggest picking up a copy of The War on Christmas.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book, in both e-book and print format, from NLPG in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.