If you are troubled by the loss of 'Christ' in 'Christmas'; and by the noise, pressure and materialism of secular Advent with its emphasis on material and commercial rather than spiritual preparation for Christmas, this book will help you to read and think about Advent and Christmas in a new way. Co-authored by a New Testament specialist and a practising clinical psychologist, it explores the familiar narratives from the Christmas story with freshness and vigour, and draws out their implications for day-to-day living. The Christmas story is full of themes that we often avoid in churches - asylum seekers and refugees; death; loss and suffering; old age; childlessness - but they can give a new depth and meaning to our Christmas celebrations. Christmas will not seem the same again.
Anthony Bash works at the University of Durham where he is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, Chaplain and Tutor for Postgraduates at Hatfield College, and a Teaching Assistant at Durham University Business School. Melanie Bash is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Lecturer at Newcastle University.
Preface \ Foreword by The Rt Revd Lord Hope of Thornes, former Archbishop of York \ Before we begin... \ December 1 Christmas ...and Jesus \ December 2 Christmas ...and the Rest of Life \ December 3 Christmas ...and Science \ December 4 Christmas ...and the Gospels \ December 5 Christmas ...and a Family Tree \ December 6 Christmas ...and Jesus' Parents \ December 7 Christmas ...and Prophecy \ December 8 Christmas ...and Zechariah \ December 9 Christmas ...and Elizabeth \ December 10 Christmas ...and Forgiveness \ December 11 Christmas ...and a Girl called Mary \ December 12 Christmas ...and Children \ December 13 Christmas ...and Hardship \ December 14 Christmas ...and Augustus \ December 15 Christmas ...and Humility \ December 16 Christmas ...and Shepherds \ December 17 Christmas ...and Anna \ December 18 Christmas ...and Simeon \ December 19 Christmas ...and the Magi \ December 20 Christmas ...and Presents \ December 21 Christmas ...and Refugees \ December 22 Christmas ...and Loss \ December 23 Christmas ...and Food \ December 24 Christmas ...and Jesus the man \ December 25 Christmas \ December 26 `They think it's all over ...'