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This small-sized, beautifully illustrated book makes a perfect Christmas gift!
Posted November 15, 2010
Author and editor Kathleen Carroll offers a small book of Christmas reflections that would be a perfect gift for friends and family. She addresses major elements in the scriptural description of Christ's birth: the Holy family, of course, and the angels, shepherds and magi but also the villagers, musicians, star, and animals. The chapters all begin with a silhouette depicting the topic. Carroll highlights themes for each topic and relates them to the life of St. Francis and that of today's Christians. Each chapter ends with a short suggestion beginning with the words "This Christmas." The chapters on Joseph, the magi, the shepherds, and the villagers all teach us about respect for uniqueness and the value of diversity. Their "this Christmas" exhortations include sharing our faith without words, celebrating uniqueness of others in our own unique way, helping someone who is marginalized realize how he or she is special, and finding ways to help those who don't stand out. In the chapter on Jesus, Carroll reminds us that at his birth. Jesus gave the gift of himself. She then notes familiar scriptural references to gifts that might steer us away from the extreme commercialism surrounding Christmas today. Writing of the water-into-wine miracle, she says that instead of producing 600 gallons of quality wine, we might spend some time with a person who is alone for the holidays. When Jesus fed the multitudes, he did it with what was available. The story presents a good example for us to follow: Skip hiring caterers or cooking for three days. Instead, host a potluck dinner or serve others at a local shelter. In this and all the other reflections, Carroll uses stories from the life of Francis to demonstrate how best to follow Jesus.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.