cover image Because of Bethlehem: Love Is Born, Hope Is Here

Because of Bethlehem: Love Is Born, Hope Is Here

Max Lucado. Thomas Nelson, $19.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8499-4759-9

Inspirational storyteller and bestselling author Lucado puts a fresh spin on the birth of Jesus. Focused on God's undiscriminating love for all, Lucado blends present-day holiday traditions with the biblical account of Christ's birth. He describes the many ways he personally loves and appreciates the Christmas tradition and then details the stresses that accompany this season. In 12 emotionally charged chapters, readers will hear of the hope and joy Lucado finds in the Christmas message. Lucado, never one to shy away from the brutal aspects of human lives, offers readers a resounding affirmation of joy that seeks to help readers overcome difficult events such as divorce and grief. Readers will also enjoy a week-by-week Advent study provided at the end of the text for deeper personal reflection. Included here are scripture readings, questions for reflections, Advent prayer, Advent practice, an Advent hymn, and related quotations from prominent historical figures. According to Lucado, there is solid reason for hope, and the birth of Jesus proves it. (Sept.)