2013 Advent Blog Tour: “War on Christmas” by Bodie Hodge Book Review

By Ruth on December 26, 2013 in blog tour, book, Christian book, Christmas, Holidays, review
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I am pleased to be the final stop on this tour.  Please visit the page for more  information and to read all the fantastic reviews.

War on Christmas CoverFilled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas should be a time of peace and love. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred Christian holiday? Why is our concept of Christmas as a celebration of Jesus’ birth so important to those who say it’s a bunch of pagan symbols that were Christianized?

Christmas has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where nativity scenes are nixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word “Christmas” is considered by some as offensive.

In The War on Christmas, find out the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war.
War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious ExpressionWar on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression by Bodie Hodge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The ambience of this book is absolutely amazing. It is laid out beautifully, and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. The organization of the book is quite logical, and I believe that anything that the reader wished to know would be readily available. And the information is Biblical, conservative, and basically accurate. I learned a few things–especially in the first half of the book.

Speaking of the first half of the book, that was my favorite portion. I was pleased to see a conservative Christian who encouraged Christians to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. This was also the portion where historical accuracies and inaccuracies were pointed out. Most of them I knew, but even I found a few surprises along the way.

I only have one issue with the book. There were times I felt that the author was a little too dogmatic at times. I believe that the Bible is 100 percent inspired, and I believe it can be taken at its word. However, I know for a fact that God uses the natural order of things to bring about His purposes. I also believe that Christmas has become more than a Christian holiday, and I see no problem with celebrating other aspects of it. I’m not saying that the author has told Christians not to celebrate the other portions of the holiday, but I felt that it was stressed that our decor should reflect the real reason for the season. I honestly have no problem with the other fun parts of this holiday season, and we do not have manger scenes is every area where decorations are displayed.

I do not recommend that anyone sit down and read this book in one sitting. It is a resource, and it should be used as such. It is well-written and scholarly, but it also is quite real. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book to help them find the reality of the Christmas story.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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