Sunday, November 22, 2009

Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas

Touching Wonder; Recapturing the Awe of Christmas
Written by John Blase
Published at David C Cook

About the book
Sometimes, as we become men and women, we put away the childlike with the childish. The result? We lose something vital - the wonder of it all. When author John Blasé went looking for the lost wonder of Christmas, he went back to the place he'd last seen it - the stories from Luke 1-2. What he found fills these pages with flesh and bone and dust and night and a baby's cry; the intimate union of human and divine - the Incarnation.

In this most wonderful time of the year, take a few moments with this imaginative retelling of the grand miracle and find yourself wide-eyed, slack-jawed, and heart-full. The book's graceful design and Amanda Jolman's beautiful line drawings combine to make this a thoughtful Christmas gift as well as a wonder that families will treasure for years to come.

Who is John Blasé?
John Blasé's work includes Living the Questions and Living the Letters Bible-study series, the Worldviews reference book (TH1NK), Real Life Stuff for Couples, and The Message Children's Bible. A former pastor, John currently edits by day and writes by night. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children and make their home in Colorado.

My Thoughts
I received this book a while back but was asked to wait until later during the month of November to write my review. So when I was ready to read Touching Wonder, I pick it up and focused my eyes on the meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is a season of Joy and pleasure for the eyes. I especially love it in Canada because we get to have a white Christmas (when the weather is good that is!). But nothing beats Christmas than having snow around I find.

However, we must not forget that Christmas is also the birth of Jesus Christ – a wonderful gift that God himself gave us a long time ago. And this book, Touching Wonder, will permit you to recapture the true meaning of Christmas.

Each chapter are divided in three parts. First the reader will dig into the scriptures based on the Gospel of Luke taken from The Message. Then, the author has included his reflections based upon the scriptures that have been read. You will go through the thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams of the various characters introduced in the scripture portion. I particularly enjoyed this permitted me to imagine a new aspect of the lives of the characters – Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds are some of the characters you will re-discover while reading Touching Wonder. Each reflections are then followed by a short prayer written by the author. Even though the prayers are personal to the author, it can easily be taken into your own heart and send back to God.

This book is a wonderful gift for anyone on your list and even for yourself. I think that in the midst of the Christmas season, it would be a wonderful read for anyone interested in rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas
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This review was possible because I received a copy of Touching Wonder from David C Cook.

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