Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving Like Jesus

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  • Title: Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving Like Jesus
  • Author: Mike Slaughter
  • ISBN: 9781426727351
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. I originally bought this book for my mom She s been talking about non consumeristic Christmases for a few years now The book looked like a good guide on how to buck the typical trends of overspending and overexerting ourselves around the holidays Slaughter did a good job showing that life and Christmas is not about my comfort or temporary happiness, but about serving and worshipping God Life is not about staying safe and living comfortably The call to follow Jesus is a call to give your life to [...]


  2. It wasn t what I expected After I read it I read the back cover and saw a sentence that summed it up nicely a rather punchy reflection on the real meaning significance of Christmas While I had hoped for applicable ideas on how to create new, meaningful traditions that celebrated Christ in the season, it was still an easy nice read that I enjoyed At least he kept the focus on Jesus


  3. I think the last few chapters was the best part of the book Good ideas for how to change the way we celebrate.


  4. Non Fiction Religious Christmas3 starsChristmas is Not Your Birthday is a unique short story that give its readers a new way to view the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus Christ.Take away the hub bub of the Christmas holiday season and the cleaned up version of the nativity scene and author Mike Slaughter presents you with Mary s life story in the raw.A pregnant virgin A fiance husband who chooses to believe her Traveling on a donkey while in labor Delivering your first born in the [...]


  5. The overall idea of the book is good Return to the true and fulfilling meaning of Christmas by giving rather than receiving The author also challenges us to give to causes where we can truly make a difference, such as those working in impoverished areas, etc.I didn t like that the author seemed to repeat things over and over again At times it even seemed like he copied the same paragraphs from earlier chapters I also didn t like that instead of focusing on the general idea of giving to worthy ca [...]



  6. This book was written by a UMC pastor in our annual conference who has seen his church shaped into what many see as an excellent model for evangelical proclamation along with an incredibly strong sense of mission This book, designed as a 5 week advent study essentially lays out the same ground work that has been applied at his church The title pretty much gives the content of the book away Essentially Slaughter takes the Christmas story and fashions it into a call for us to serve the least in th [...]


  7. United Methodist pastor and author Michael Slaughter shows how we have far strayed from the message of Jesus in the celebration of His birth In this book, Rev Slaughter encourages Christians to give Jesus what He wants for His birthday you your time, your talent, and your treasure used in service to others Slaughter makes a strong biblical case that this is what Jesus really wants from us, and he spends much of the book imploring us to pay attention He admits his own failings in doing so but als [...]


  8. Our Sunday School class used this book for our Advent Study My husband and I were out of town most of the Sundays we covered this book Though I missed the discussion times which I believe would have been very valuable in processing and meditating further on this material, I still found the book to be a beneficial read.It is good to be reminded of ways in which the world influences how we spend our time and money during the Christmas season and make a conscious effort to slow down and focus on th [...]


  9. Mike Slaughter makes some really good points about the way we take the focus off of Jesus at Christmas and put it on ourselves and our families He challenges us to be intentional about how we spend our time and money in a way that honors Christ s message My Sunday School class did this as an Advent study, watching the accompanying DVD and discussing various points It was interesting to find out just how stressful Christmas is for so many of us because of past family events and current situations [...]


  10. Technically this should be on last year s list I finished it just before Christmas It may say something that it took me so long to remember to document it A short little book, this has the feel of a sermon series that was compiled and published Each of the five chapters is on a different theme, all pertaining to putting the focus of Christmas back on others rather than ourselves I found it rather uneven, with two good, two OK, and one middle of the road lesson Your mileage may very of course Sti [...]


  11. Mike Slaughter makes the point that most of us celebrate Jesus s birthday by leaving him outside the house while we party with Santa Clause, Wal Mart and the kids Jesus expects us all to put our faith to work helping people and sharing His Word Many good points are made that can change our direction from selfish to responsible God will provide for our needs if we just do as he asks We should train our children to recognize the needs of others and seek to make the world a better, generous and ho [...]


  12. I was looking for something to inspire me for the Christmas Season and for some reason this book just didn t reach me in celebrating Christ I disliked the first 25% and struggled through to 50% and just decided the approach doesn t work for me I felt the author a bit too self congratulatory though I think I understand what he was trying to do and felt this was harming my spiritual growth rather than helping so I stopped reading For some people I think this approach works, it just was not for me, [...]


  13. More is not Less is This is a good reminder about the reason for the season and especially apt at the start of the holiday season A week from now, stores will be celebrating Black Friday by opening on Thursday to satisfy the hordes of shoppers Where is Jesus in this frantic display of consumer greed What is Christmas A lot of what the author writes I can agree with, but then sometimes he goes a little further than I would be comfortable with.


  14. The title says it all for me I bought it around the holidays and just sort of left it out for my family to see Christmas has become to commercialized and I would like to see it return to its original meaning of Jesus birth and our celebration of God s love for us This book helped to confirm that The style was light and funny.


  15. Was not quite what I was looking for Used this book in an Advent study at church Nobody in the group cared for it Too much emphasis on the author s megachurch which it seems he ran without input from members Too much emphasis on monetary giving And as another reviewer mentioned, lots of repetition.


  16. Our Sunday School class studied this book during the Advent season, and it really helped reprioritize and refocus the way we should approach the Advent and Christmas seasons, as well as prepare for the New Year A definite escape from the materialism of Christmas and a great reality check


  17. My Sunday School class read this book last year, but I found myself too busy to read it until now This book is very thought provoking and I am glad that I made time this holiday season to read it and plan to read it each year to help remind myself what Christmas is really about.


  18. I first read this in 2001 as part of a small group study I recently featured several quotes from this book on The High Calling here thehighcalling faith t


  19. I have no problem reading christian inspirational book but I could just not get into this one The author had some good points but what he does not realize is that it is the big companies that he should go after not consumers Christians This was a free book in the kindle store.


  20. Having heard a lot about Mike Slaughter but never having read one of his books , I had high expectations This book was solid and the discussion questions were strong but I found myself wanting even action items.


  21. A nice little readable book with good reminders about the true meaning of Christmas, but it doesn t say anything new If you re familiar with a movement called Advent Conspiracy, that s basically what this book is.


  22. We ve had this reminder before, but that s no reason not to use this book to take us back to deeper, less commercial reasons to celebrate Jesus s birth Slaughter writes clearly, including numerous concrete examples from life and literature to illustrate the points he makes for us to ponder.



  23. This very small book will help you to keep the reason for Christmas in perspective Step back and actually enjoy the Christmas season for what it was meant to be


  24. This book is not particularly well written but does have some great thoughts for our over commercialized, materialistic culture The last chapter is the best one.



  25. wish people in society would give to the poor and under privileged as much as they do to we ll off family and friendse world would be a different place


  26. Not a bad book Focus on Jesus as the birthday Boy is lost today and Slaughter brings that home big time Some things I disagree with, but the read is worth it Christ s peace


  27. Inspiring guide at a time of stressful preparations for Christmas It was on our minds as we prepared and influenced us to do less and focus on the birth of Christ at Christmas.