Monday, November 19, 2018

A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Christmas - Book Review

Book Overview:

Know someone frazzled, sad, or lonely this Christmas? A Better December by Steve Estes applies Solomon’s Proverbs to holiday stresses. Playful and tiny, this illustrated work would be a good gift for your unbelieving friends as it gently introduces Jesus during a month when they are more receptive. 

Combining true, heart-warming stories with pen-and-ink illustrations, the book uncovers and answers our December longings. Beginning with bite-sized chapters of Solomon's advice to frazzled, lonely people at Christmas, Steven Estes presents the ancient sage as penning his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers through holiday stress and even sadness. Meant to be shared with all who long for a better December, it points the way to true comfort and a true home.

About the Author:

Steven D. Estes, MDiv, is the Senior Pastor at Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson, PA; a conference speaker; the author of Called to Die; and the coauthor with Joni Eareckson Tada of A Step Further and When God Weeps. He and his wife Verna have eight children.

My Review:

I'm not an all-out fanatic for Christmas but enjoy the holiday.  My favorite parts are celebrating the birth of Jesus, and spending quality time with family.  To each his own, but I think Christmas can be overwhelming if we let it.  A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Christmas is a pocket book that helps readers reflect and be guided toward a peaceful and purposeful holiday.

Written in poetic prose, this book talks about how the book of Proverbs is tied in with Christmas.  The words of wisdom really made me stop and think.  I don't need to focus on getting the "next best thing" and I can be content with what I have.  Solomon is the author of Proverbs in the Bible, and the author of this book did a great job of tying it in with how we sometimes behave at Christmas and how we should behave.  Scriptures in Proverbs are interwoven, and explanations are given.  The chapters in the book are short but powerful.  Just a couple topics covered are Contentment and Perfectionism.

I received book for review from New Growth Press.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.