Advent: Hearing the Good News in the Story of Jesus' Birth
Advent: Hearing the Good News in the Story of Jesus' Birth
By Nathan Brown
 

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Something happened.
Something happened that was so significant that every year we pause and sing songs about it, share gifts with each other and re-tell the story.
Something happened that changed everything.
Something good.
When a child is born, it’s natural for parents to be in awe—wondering who their precious baby will grow up to be. But the birth of Jesus also created a transcendent wonder that has echoed down to us through the years—wonder because of who He already was.
Whether you choose to read them during the Christmas season or throughout the year, these 31 reflections explore why Jesus came and offer hope that is practical, transformative and, ultimately, good news for all people.

“It is not easy to bring freshness to the story of Jesus’ birth. Every year we relive the scenario; our children play their bit parts in the nativity play and the carols reverberate in our heads as we’ve walked through the crowded shopping malls. But Nathan Brown is a storyteller and, in his hands, this magnificent story comes to life. We enter the places, notice the presence of all the characters and feel the impact of the words as the gospels record it, as if for the first time. This is a beautiful collection. You will be drawn into the heart of incarnation—with all its earthiness, danger, inclusivity and glory.”
—Tim Costello, AO, Director of Ethical Voice, Executive Director of Micah Australia, Senior Fellow of Centre for Public Christianity

“Feeling jaded, weary, unsure that you can face Christmas this year? This is a must read—perhaps as daily readings for December, but once you start, it is so inspiring, provoking, relevant and unique that you may want to read it all in one sitting.”
—Dr Peter Roennfeldt, author, Following Jesus