This is not your typical Christmas devotional, full of warm stories. Tripp wants us to be once again gripped by the truth of the advent, to have our attentions focused once again on the reason Jesus came to earth.
Tripp reminds us that Jesus offers us the only solution to our problem. We are separated from God. We exist in the brokenness of sin. We must understand the seriousness of the problem to appreciate the glorious nature of the solution, our Savior. We need to be captured once again by the amazing truth that God has not left us in our tragic state. Christmas is a revelation of God's abundant mercy, grace and love.
Tripp writes about Jesus coming as King, rescuing us from the bondage of our self rule. He came as Counselor, rescuing us from the foolishness of our sin. Jesus surrendered Himself to God's plans, an example for us to follow.
There is so much more to Jesus' birth than decorations, gifts, and food. This book helps readers remember the life changing and history making aspects of Christmas. This book reminds us of the reality of our needing to be rescued by Jesus.
An added feature of the book is a way for parents to use each devotion with children.
Food for thought: “...it makes no sense to celebrate the birth of Jesus while denying the reason for his birth and your need for what his life and death offers.” (Loc 844/1261)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, speaker, and president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has a DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary. He and his wife live in Philadelphia. They have four grown children. You can find out more at https://www.paultripp.com/about.
Crossway, 160 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.