Christmas Uncut: What Really Happened and Why It Really Matters – Carl Laferton

Christmas Uncut: What Really Happened and Why It Really Matters by Carl Laferton
Also by this author: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross Board Book, The Christmas Promise Sunday School Lessons: A Three-Session Curriculum With a Family Service Outline, God’s Big Promises Bible Storybook, God’s Big Promises: The First Christmas: Sticker and Activity Book, God’s Big Promises: Advent Calendar and Family Devotions, God’s Big Promises Christmas Sticker and Activity Book, God's Big Promises: Easter for Little Ones, God's Big Promises Easter Sticker and Activity Book, The God Contest Board Book: Jesus Is the Real God!
Published by Good Book Company on October 1, 2023
Genres: Non-Fiction, Christian Life, Christmas
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The authentic Christmas story, told in a warm, winsome and witty way. Perfect for giving away.

The nativity story is often seen as cute and cuddly and for kids. But that’s because some of what really happened at the first Christmas has been edited out of popular retellings! The full, unabridged, uncut story is full of twists and turns, controversy and mystery.

This best-selling book, now revised and updated, tells readers what really happened all those years ago, and why it really matters for our lives and futures today.

Warm and witty, short and easy to read, Christmas Uncut is perfect for giving out at Christmas services and events, or to nonbelieving family and friends.

This brief evangelistic booklet is for people who aren’t very familiar with the biblical Christmas story, and just have a cultural concept of it. Carl Laferton explains that there’s a lot that doesn’t show up in children’s Christmas pageants, and as he retells the Christmas story, he highlights elements that people typically gloss over. He encourages his readers to consider the uncut version from Scripture, and he shares parts of the story from the Bible in bold text, with his own commentary and clarifications in regular font. Each short chapter focuses on a different person from the Nativity story, and the final chapter explores the life of Jesus, contextualizing his birth at Christmas with his later life, death, and resurrection. At the end, the author also briefly addresses common questions that people ask about the credibility of the gospel accounts and the claim that Jesus rose from the dead.

Christmas Uncut is an engaging, fast read. I enjoyed Laferton’s writing style, and I laughed out loud at many of the real-life Christmas pageant anecdotes that he shared as chapter-openers. I read some of these to a family member when they were passing by, and they also laughed. Now I feel inspired to dig out the Christmas pageant mishap story that I wrote and illustrated in fifth grade, starring my stuffed animals. That definitely wasn’t the author’s intent here, but it’s a nice byproduct, and I’m sure that other people will also appreciate Laferton’s funny anecdotes, especially if they’re reading this at a Christian friend’s behest.

Christmas Uncut: What Really Happened and Why It Really Matters will appeal to people who are looking for a short introduction to what really happened when Jesus was born, what it means, and why it matters to us today. Whether someone is seeking resources about the Christian faith, wants to better understand what others believe, or is reading this because a friend begged them to, this is a great book that explains key details about Christianity in a concise, witty, and engaging way.