Jennifer Mcfarlane's Reviews > A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters

A Not-So-Silent Night by Verlyn D. Verbrugge
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Dec 01, 2009

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A pleasant(though sometimes sobering)and informative read, especially relevant around the Christmas season. It reads somewhat like a transcript of a sermon, not surprising considering that the author is a former pastor. Some points will be familiar to regular church-goers, but there are certainly new perspectives on the events surrounding the nativity of Christ. I appreciate the chapter regarding "Mary's Shame." The author offers information regarding the historical and cultural setting that Mary lived in, which reveals that Mary, vastly different from Christmas card pictures of a peaceful woman riding into Bethlehem on a donkey with a halo on her head, rather rode into town under an onerous burden of shame heaped on her from every side excepting her cousin Elizabeth. Mary wasn't required by law to report to Bethlehem for the census with Joseph--she was compelled by the necessity of being with the only person (her fiancee) who would not shun her, or worse. I recommend this book for those trying to dig deeper into "the Christmas story" and move beyond holiday platitudes.

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