- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (Sept. 28 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310324521
- ISBN-13: 978-0310324522
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 132 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? Paperback – Sep 28 2009
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From the Back Cover
Worship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love AllAre you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be--a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits.Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts:Worship Fully--because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus!Spend Less--and free your resources for things that truly matter.Give More--of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart.Love All--the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference.Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most--your presence.
About the Author
Rick McKinley is the author of Jesus in the Margins and This Beautiful Mess. He is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon and speaks around the country on the topics of holistic mission, leadership, and spiritual formation. Rick and his wife, Jeanne, live with their four children in Portland.
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If you're checking this book out because of the stories you've seen on CNN or read about it online, the book is well worth the price. Because I had already been unknowingly following the principles of Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All for years the book wasn't totally transformational for me, but I appreciated the reminders. It was a great way to start my Christmas season.
The good people at Advent Conspiracy ask the question, 'Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas?' I am. I'm also tired of how it steals the soul of God's Church, and how it threatens to steal my own soul. Joining the Advent Conspiracy is a good way to fight back. In simple but piercing and powerful language this book looks at the need to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. One could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps this is not just about Christmas, but about the Gospel of Jesus itself. But, let's start with Christmas.
Starting with a brief history of how the Advent Conspiracy started, and excellent real-life examples of how others are living this out, this book will change your life if you let it.
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They explain, "we decided to try an experiment: What if, instead of acting like bystanders to the nativity, we led our congregations INTO the nativity story as participants? We didn't know what to expect, but we knew we needed to reclaim the story of Christmas, the foundational narrative of the church. As we strove to see the birth of Christ from inside the stable instead of inside the mall, our holiday practices began to change." (Pg. 11)
They assert, "It is now clear that the primary threat to true Christianity in America is consumerism---not liberalism, fundamentalism, Darwinism, secularism, or any other -ism that happens to achieve some level of influence and power." (Pg. 22)
They admit, "One of the common fears people have about the Advent Conspiracy is what their relatives might think, do, feel, or say. Quite honestly in this day and time, it does sound crazy at first to spend less, to give more, and to use our holiday money to love our brothers and sisters around the world... Like Joseph, when we act in obedience to God's invitation---despite the social cost---we help God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Pg. 41)
They observe, "Christmas is a season of excess. It is difficult to walk against the crowd that seems to want nothing more than to 'eat, drink, and be merry.' Spending less requires us to plan, research, and cultivate relationships---pursuits that are more taxing than flipping through the latest catalog or bingeing at the mall. However, as we choose to go against the cultural flow, it is important to remember that spending less on Christmas presents doesn't mean we love our friends and family any less. In fact, we will often find that those to whom we give creative, personal gifts will see our love--and perhaps God's---more clearly than ever before." (Pg. 50-51)
This book will be of great interest to Christians wanting to "get more out of" the holiday season.
Here's a brief synopsis of the book:
1. Keep the Christ in Christmas - don't get swept off by the commercialism of Santa Claus and Such
2. Give Generously to The Poor & Needy - GLOBALLY to show the world the love of Jesus
3. Call this Renewal of Right Thinking "The Advent Conspiracy"
4. Be an Advocate for Change Toward These Ideals
5. The Kind of Giving We Do Now is Selfish Because We Do it to Get Something Back or to Get a Certain Feeling
I found it kind of dull and pedantic, but if the ideas are new to you, then you might like it more. I've always tried to: keep Christmas about Christ, not overspend and "overgift" my children, and give generously to charity during the Christmas Season. I don't share the idea that our focus on charity should primarily be third world countries... I wouldn't want to be told that Jesus was a stranger who knocked on my door and I wouldn't let Him in, or He was hungry and I wouldn't give Him something to eat... I think the Bible teaches to help those within our reach first. And of course much of the money and things sent overseas never make it to the ones who need help. I wish it weren't true, but warlords and terrorists have no compunction about stealing what we give out of the mouths of babes and the innocent.