• books

    Lionel’s Christmas Adventure

    I’m actually a little bit of a cynic when it comes to Christmas stories. I don’t think songs like Christmas Shoes are adorable, I think they exploit people’s grief and emotions. Yet for some reason – partly knowing my children would be asking to read Christmas stories at some point – I agreed to read and review a book called Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas. I liked the book. I really did. I liked it partly because the main character, Lionel, is a bit of a grump and he’s a bit self-centered and at one point pushed kids out of the way to try to get where he…

  • books,  God,  religion,  seasons

    Two Amazing Interpretations of the Christmas Story

    Christmas time is coming, and I want to write about two fascinating books about the story of the conception and birth of Jesus. Both books are written by Christians, and both look closely at the scriptures to try to understand what the scriptures are saying, yet both come up with variations on the “first Christmas” that challenge the traditional assumptions. The first book is called Closer to the Real Christmas Story,  by Jared Burkholder and you can buy a copy of it at the Dorrance Publishing Company website (I got a copy through their now-defunct review program). The author of the book takes issue with several issues in the traditional…