Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: The War on Christmas by:Bodie Hodge(editor)

War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression
About the Book:
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 mixed, 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.

About the Author:
Bodie Hodge has been a writer, speaker, and researcher for Answers in Genesis since 2003. He writes and speaks on a host of topics including The Fall of Satan and The Tower of Babel. He is passionate about providing biblical answers to believers, seekers, and non-believers.
 
My Review:
 Not long after the birth of our precious Savior, the sinful nature of humankind started to turn back to its nature and with each passing year has forgotten the true reason we celebrate this blessed holiday. The world of commercialism tends to take over in the hearts of many when it comes down to Christmas and all that entails. The author points out several different reasons why everyone is against remembering Jesus in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that we allow Christmas to create. We have taken something very Biblical and put a human spin on it.

 While our Lord sits back and I'm sure He is saddened by what he sees in the hearts of all of us and in the hearts of our homes. He gave us a unique gift that we will never ever be able to repay and we honor that gift by allowing things in our hearts that take away from its significance. Bodie Hodge has taken several different myths and ideas and researched them to help us all understand the things that we should accept and those things that truly bring honor to God. Some of these are traditions that should not be done away with unless we really feel it takes away from honoring Him.

 He says that bring honor and glory to Jesus should be done every day but for those of us that don't do it every day, bringing Him that honor and glory should be first on our list this holiday season. I also learned from reading the book that even if alot of people out there refuse to say Merry Christmas because for whatever reason they want to remove Christ's name. And in fact decide to use Happy Holidays are really not removing Him like they think because the word holidays actually mean Holy Days. I really thought that, that was a really neat fact.

 So this holiday don't forget that Jesus is the reason we even have a Christmas to celebrate!

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me free of charge for my honest review as part of The War on Christmas Insider Team.