There’s a Book – Christmas Edition

In anticipation of Christmas, the editors of the fig have been working over-time to bring you a special edition of ‘There’s a book.’ To encourage you all to get into a good book this festive season, we’ve compiled a list of great reading options.

We have not read all of them ourselves so we’re unable to officially endorse everything they say. But these are writings from reliable authors whose passionate, helpful writings have benefited us.

So if you are looking for something to read this Christmas time, or you still need to find a gift for that impossible-to-buy for relative, consider an option from the list below.

With sincere joy at the birth of our saviour,

The FiG editorial team.

Alistair Begg – ‘The Christmas Playlist’

From the publisher: “Christmas is a great time to give a non-Christian friend or church visitor a short book getting to the heart of what it's truly all about. This is perfect for giving out at church events, or with a present”

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Paul David Tripp – ‘Come Let Us Adore Him’

From the publisher: “Every time the Christmas season comes around, we look forward to putting up a tree, giving and receiving gifts, and participating in other traditions that make this wonderful time of year so special. But sometimes the most significant aspect of the season—remembering and focusing on the coming of Jesus—grows old and familiar. In Come Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional, Paul Tripp seeks to recapture our attention and reawaken our awe during Christmastime.

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Tim Chester – ‘The One True Light’

From the publisher: “We may be familiar with the baby in the manger, but have you met the Word who was in the beginning with God? Have you met the One True Light who is full of grace and truth? Or the Cosmic Lord who won the right for people to become Children of God? They are one and the same person.

Join Tim Chester as he guides us through the opening verses of the Gospel of John, and enjoy a Christmas infused with new meaning and light.”

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Timothy Keller – ‘Hidden Christmas’

From the publisher: “In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’s birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a meaningful and deeper way.”

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Sinclair Ferguson – ‘Love Came Down at Christmas’

From the publisher: “This Advent devotional contains 24 daily readings from 1 Corinthians 13. Sinclair B Ferguson brings the rich theology of the incarnation to life with his trademark warmth and clarity. We'll see what “love” looked like in the life of Christ and be challenged to love like him.”

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Carl Laferton – ‘Rescuing Christmas

From the publisher: “Often, we're so busy getting to or getting through that we don't actually get Christmas—and when we miss its meaning, we miss out on a joy that lasts. This book takes you on a journey to find a joy that continues through the ups and downs of life—and beyond. Perfect for giving away at Christmas services, or to non-believing friends and family.”

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Roger Carswell – ‘Are You Ready For Christmas’

From the publisher: “Are you ready for Christmas? tells the story of God’s Christmas plan, and explains how He can help us to be ready for Him today. You’ll discover how the baby whom God sent that first Christmas is still His message of hope, joy, and peace to us today.”

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Sinclair Ferguson – ‘The Plan’

From the publisher: “Before the dawn of time a plan was made… a plan to save and a plan to love, a plan to rescue and a plan to send. One after the other people were sent to be where they were needed to be. The key part of the plan is a baby and His name will be Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.”

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Sinclair Ferguson – ‘Child in the Manger’

From the publisher: “What is Christmas really all about? Does it actually have any ‘meaning’? Child in the Manger – The True Meaning of Christmas sets out to explore that question. When we find the answer we realise that it isn’t only for Christmas time. So these pages are an invitation to explore what that meaning is. And if this book has come into your hands around Christmas time, may it help you to enjoy it in a new way!”

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John Piper – ‘The Dawning of Indestructible Joy’

From the publisher: “These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the centre of your Christmas season.”

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The Second Hand Section:

These books are worth reading, but not as easy to find. They may be older books which are out of print. However, if you want to hunt down a Christmas bargain, here are a couple of books to look out for:

D. M. Lloyd-Jones ‘Christmas Sermons’

F. W. Boreham ‘My Christmas Book’

C. H. Spurgeon ‘Spurgeon’s Sermons on Christmas and Easter’

C. H. Spurgeon ‘The Birth of Christ’

Stuart Olyott ‘Son of Mary, Son of God.’

J. Gresham Machen ‘The Virgin Birth of Christ’

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