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A Different Kind of Christmas: Devotions for the Season

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An inspirational churchwide experience exploring how to find peace and joy at Christmas and throughout the year.
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Published September 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press
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Jodie
It seems as though every year we try to keep the focus on the true meaning of Christmas, but somehow the tv, news, web, retailers, and restaurants vie for our attention and we end up losing focus. In this daily devotional book, there are many great scriptures, prayers, and ideas for you to keep your focus on Christ this Christmas season.

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, this devotion is set up in short daily segments that are easy to fit into your schedule. Each one begins with a Bib
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Howard
Dec 26, 2014 Howard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a devotional style book made up of 30 short chapters in 5 1-week sections. The goal is to read one chapter a day during advent to get a view of what Christmas should be like. Each chapter is ended with a prayer for the day. Our church went through the devotional this advent.

The first weeks theme is "Expect a Miracle"; we can't do that by experiencing Christmas the way we normally do "When we look at our current understanding of Christmas, we can see that we have mixed together some Santa
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Hazel Behrens
Nov 13, 2012 Hazel Behrens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


With real life stories, Mike Slaughter illustrates Expecting a Miracle, Giving up on Perfect, God's Scandalous Love, and Jesus' Wish List for his birthday so we can celebrate A Different Kind of Christmas. These 30 short readings are packed with rich examples of choosing to fill Jesus's wish list instead of our own. I look forward to reading it again each day of December.
Loraine
Dec 31, 2012 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good Christmas devotional series that draws your attention to the true meaning of Christmas and focuses your attention away from the materialism and consumerism of the usual Christmas season.
Jane
Dec 16, 2013 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Different Kind of Christms showed real promise when I first saw it at the store. I bought it and put it away to read during Advent. The beginning promise, however, was short-lived in my opinion. The book was a little bit too much of "I/we, me/us, ours/everyone else's." I do know quite a bit about Ginghamsburg UMC, it's members, and it's mission statement now. But I haven't really learned anything about a different kind of Christmas. There are other Advent and Christmas devotion books which, I ...more
Melanie Titus
Eh, it depends on what you are looking for. This book is perfect if you just need something quick and easy. It's a light sort of reminder to care for the world and stop being so materialistic. It's a good reminder to have. I do wish there were more intriguing examples and stories (every Christian writer seems to reference LOTR, it's popular now and it was Tolkien was Christian so it's an easy connection - I'd like a little more effort).
All in all, to me it felt like I'd heard it before and in t
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Michelle Bodle
Great devotional companion to the book Christmas is not Your Birthday. Highly encourage reading both together.
Dennis
Jan 01, 2013 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding look at the birth of Christ and the deeper personal committments all who profess faith in Jesus we all must live out.
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Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg became known as an early innovator of small group ministry and a leader in global mission efforts. A frequently sought-after speaker, he is the author of many books, including Dare to Dream, Hijacked, Change the World, Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, and Upside Living in a Downside Econo ...more
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