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Living the Season Well: Reclaiming Christmas based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The simple message of Living the Season Well: Reclaiming Christmas by Jody Collins is to help readers appreciate the connection between adapting, or adopting, the liturgies of the church year by teaching us simple ways for families to approach the holidays without feeling burdened by it. I love that Jody suggests several inexpensive, and often free, ways to incorporate the timeless church traditions. How this Presbyterian-turned-Nondenominational-turned Assemblies of God (basically confused) mama of three needed this message! Jody's approach to Christmas is refreshing. Her mantra is to simply start small, start now. I know my family and I will be celebrating Christmas a little bit different this year. If, in the past, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season caused you to break out into a cold sweat or develop hives, I encourage you to give Jody's book a try. As part of the launch team for Living the Season well, I received a PDF copy of his book in exchange for my honest review. Truth be told, I loved Jody's little book so much that I just had to order the paperback version for myself.
Living the Season Well is a wonderful accessible book and acts as a practical guide to de-stressing what has become in many ways a very rushed and frenzied time of year. It opens up fresh ways to explore Christmas as a more reflective and spiritual celebration. Practical suggestions are offered as each aspect of the liturgical rhythms of Christmas are explored, using the author's personal stories to illustrate. It feels as though you are having a chat in a warmly lit Christmas room, and contemplating the true meaning of this time together - the miracle of Jesus and His coming to us. You are encouraged to use this book as an active tool in embracing the presence of God over Advent and are encouraged to take steps, no matter how small, to seeing this time become a more mindful season all round.