God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything

(16 reviews)

Douglas Wilson

Book details

Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.

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AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson

PAGE COUNT: 154 pages

SIZE: 5.5x8.5"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-13: 9781591281276

ISBN-10: 159128127X

PUB. DATE: November 12, 2012

Media: Paperback

"Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her king" — we sing the words, but do we believe them?

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The repetition of Christmas traditions can appear to dull the powerful nature of the holiday. God Rest Ye Merry is meant to rekindle the Christian's understanding of Advent on every front, from politics to shopping to uproarious celebration. Pastor Douglas Wilson critiques false reasons for the season (and false objections to it), teaches the importance of Israel in Christmastime history, explains why nativity sets should have Herod's soldiers (and how Santa Claus once punched a man in the face at a church council), offers the Enlightenment Assumptions Detector test as a guide to understanding Christmas symbolism, and much more. The last section contains a read-aloud meditation and prayer for each day of Advent, making God Rest Ye Merry an excellent tool for cultivating a deep family love of Christmas.

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From the Book:

"Our poets and seers see more than we do. They write poems and hymns, they write carols that are uninspired, but are prophetic utterances nonetheless. Just as Isaiah spoke far beyond what he could grasp, so also did Wesley. Just as the Jews memorized and chanted the words of Isaiah, words that were beyond their grasp, so also we have memorized carols that speak of the depth of glory that is coming, and we are always singing out of our depth. We are not singing about what will happen after the resurrection. We sing about the years to come, here, in our midst. We are singing about promises and blessings that will overtake our children’s children." -From the book

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
The Bah Humbug Antidote

I wasted many years with the “this is just a pagan holiday” mindset. Thanks be to the Almighty for using this book in transforming me to a lover of Christmas and more importantly the realization that the birth of our King is so very central to literally everything.
If you suffer from bah humbug I can’t over recommend Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas flick. These two works may change your life as well.

Charles L.G.
Biblically grounded and encouraging

Great biblical reference to the importance of celebrating the real-ness of Christmas #JesueisKingoverEVERYTHING

Stephen G.

God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything

James W.

God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything

Ken F.
Excellent work

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to revisit it every year at Advent/Christmas. It provides a vital foundation for believers.

Tom R.
Better than Pipers book for sure!

Great foundational that tells the true story of what Christmas truly is!

Meredith R.
Provocative title

I really appreciate how Pastor Wilson teaches saints how to apply God's word in Practical ways. He teaches how the gospel truly effects everyday life as we life couram Deo.

Rachel D.
Christmas Meaning/Deep Explanation For Christians

My eyes and heart were opened to Christmastime all anew through the wisdom and depth of explanation in this book. Great read-- will make it an annual read for myself and my family for Advent Season.

Thank you for an encouraging book...

this is a very enociuraging book at christmas and all year ropund...and please write more like this.

Charles D.
God Rest Ye Merry

My wife and I listened and read this leading up to Christmas and were very blessed

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