✓ God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas Is the Foundation for Everything || ½ PDF Read by ¹ Douglas Wilson
Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM By Douglas Wilson

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 ChristmThe 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 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.
  • Title: God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas Is the Foundation for Everything
  • Author: Douglas Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781591281276
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback

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Jake McAtee Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
My favorite Christmas Read. Christmas is so Post-Millennial.
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Becky Pliego Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
I just finished reading the first "four lessons" in the book, and now we are enjoying reading the Daily Meditations for Advent around the family table every night. And even though we still have a few weeks of Advent devotions to read, I can already recommend this book to you. This book is like no other. Really, where else have you read about the "Theology of Christmas Gifts"? Go grab a copy soon! This is the season to be Merry!Read again in 2014 and 2015.
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Peter N. Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
The best part of the book is the joy that comes through. Too many of us do not approach this holiday with joy we should. There is always an earthiness to Pastor Wilson’s writing. It comes through in this book. He deals with concrete realities and uses good illustrations to help us find the gladness that Christ and the Christmas season is supposed to give us.
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Joshua Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Good basic thinking on the theology and practice around Christmas. I wouldn't stop here, but it's a great place to start.
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Katherine Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Family action item: increase our joyful(!) celebration of Easter in some tangible ways.
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Steve Hemmeke Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Christmas is over for most. Here's a post mortem.Christmas goes beyond sentiment. Jesus entered a real world of sheep manure in a cave. He humbled himself to exalt men. Tinsel and the bells and cards are all fine and dandy as long as we remember and root them in the joy that flows from Christ's humiliation for us.Christmas is political. A king came to us whom we must accept or reject. Herod rejected Him. So do many earthly kings today and they will regret it one day. The public square is involve [...]
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Jerry Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Really wish there were six stars. The bulk of this book consists of four essays working through the typical Christmas texts (in atypical and delightful ways), the political ramifications of Christmas (add Herod's soldiers to your manger scene), how to celebrate like a Puritan which is the opposite of what you think, and why the shopping baby shouldn't be chucked with the consumerism bathwater. The other and final part includes thirty brief Advent meditations. Christmas is wonderful and most of u [...]
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Miles Smith Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Maybe not as viscerally engaging as Wilson's other works, but I found myself refocusing on the Incarnation as a reality through the observance of Advent. Worthwhile to read devotionally perhaps more than as a primer for what Christmas is. For those unaware of Wilson's shared predilections with Tom (NT) Wright concerning the inherently political meanings of Advent, the book may seem a bit strange. But such strangeness is necessary to rectify the near gnostic indifference of most Evangelicals towa [...]
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Clint Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Very good. Read this every year starting on the first Sunday of Advent and leading up to Christmas. This will help you truly prepare you for the season, and keep you firmly impressed by the power of the Incarnation. Also, during that time, read the daily devotionals in the back of the book with your family. This a great way for any and all Christians to focus on Christ during the rush of our consumer version of the holiday.
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Peter B. Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Doug Wilson does a good job giving some robustness to Christmas. Not sentimental or pietistic, but delighting in the victorious coming of King Jesus to earth to humble Herod and Caesar, confound the philosophers, defeat the powers of darkness, and save His people from endless woe. Oh, and "you do not prepare for a real celebration of the Incarnation through thirty days of Advent Gnosticism."
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Michael Cunningham Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
I love celebrating Christmas. I also love reading Doug Wilson. So I quite enjoyed this book! It is a great encouragement to celebrate Christmas for God's glory.
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Lea Lea Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Another great one from Douglas Wilson. He argues FOR the giving of gifts and extravagance, and teaches us just how joyful Christmas really is!
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Jeremy Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Kara and I started reading the Advent meditations on Nov. 25, 2015. I finished reading the book on Christmas Day, 2015.Kirk Cameron talks with Wilson about this book here.Lesson One: To Gain His Everlasting Hall11: "If the history of the world is a story, then theology is a type of literary criticism."15: Paul (2 Cor. 2:6-11) isn't talking about our eternal state15-17: Wilson weaves hopeful lyrics from Christmas carols into his prose17: Tyndale: "low bottom of the heart" [Prologue to Romans]17: [...]
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Joel Griffis Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Enjoyed it. As usual, Wilson has a lot of good thoughts. I've heard that his books these days tend to be compilations of stuff from his blog, and I can see that here. It reads like a series of loosely-connected essays about different topics related to Christmas. Which isn't a bad thing, it's just different.#vtReadingChallenge (2/52) "A Book Of Your Choice"
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Matthew Huff Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Excellent, particularly his insights on the prophecy of Balaam.
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Sarah Knox Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Good. Enjoyed Lesson 4. Its kinda the place I'm at, at the moment. Will read that section again. And looking forward to Christmas so we can read the devo for each day.
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Ceira Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Christmas has been riddled with attacks from all quarters-- from humanists offended at the thought of a King come to rule the earth, to even Christians taking issue with the celebratory spirit. Douglas Wilson examines many complaints surrounding Christmas and her traditions, revealing just where they stem from, and gives a few of his own. But he comes through strong in his defense and description of this cherished holiday. Christmas isn't a subdued, private entertainment to be confined to each p [...]
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Sally Ewan Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Wilson brings his clear thinking and incisive writing to bear on the holiday, calling both Christians and non-Christians to reconsider what and why we are celebrating. I love the reminder that we are all sinners and putting us together is more likely to result in conflict and chaos than a Hallmark moment, and I also appreciate Wilson's exhortation that such a momentous occasion deserves our whole-hearted, whole-souled, whole-bodied celebration!
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Joshua D. Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
God Rest Ye Merry is a series of reflections by pastor Doug Wilson on the meaning and significance of Christmas. The book is broken into 5 sections: 1.) To Gain His Everlasting Hall (exegetical explorations of the relevant Biblical passages), 2.) The Politics of Christmas (a very short section trying to establish the implications Christmas has beyond personal piety), 3.) Celebrating Christmas Like a Puritan (historical analysis on the celebration of Christmas, and a brief defense of keeping the [...]
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Jay Miklovic Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Doug Wilson has a knack at coming at common things from an uncommon angle. In this little book he takes a look a the incarnation, and Christmas celebration in his characteristic way. He argues FOR the giving of gifts and extravagance, he argues for the recognition of Christmas as a necessarily political event. He then properly frames puritanical thought regarding Christmas, and uses that thought to, surprisingly, justify Christmas celebration.Doug does a lot of fun things with this book, and ult [...]
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Chris Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
I read this book as my ramp up to Christmas 2013. It contains a bundle of good reminders and meditations that will enable you to celebrate the Christmas season more thoughtfully, more purposefully and, especially, more joyfully! Saying that I read it implies that I read it completely, which is not completely true, at least not yet. "God Rest Ye Merry" is broken up into five sections, the last section containing thirty meditations, one for each day of the Advent season. My plan is to read these m [...]
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Hparks Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Clever in parts; confusing in the wholeI have enjoyed reading Wilson's blog now for a while, and find him to be a stimulating read, and I am guaranteed to get a perspective on a topic I would never gain on my own. I have been facing increased friction from Christian friends about celebrating a 'pagan holiday' and was looking for some backup.This book has been a big disappointment. It's the same clear writing I expect from Wilson but it only lasts a paragraph or so before he's off on something el [...]
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Seth Mcdevitt Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
In general I tend to be a scrooge nigh high and Holy days like Christmas. This may have been sin on my part, but I am no stranger to repentance. This book helped me to repent. There is a good and Christian argument for a return to the mirth of protestant past. Joy is the Lords, and so is this Season which includes trees, lights, eggnog, pudding, and presents. I may not go full Griswold, but I will do my best to have a grace-induced Joy fill my home this Christmas Season. Christ has come. Christ [...]
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Gary Paulson Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Update: Finally finished the book! I should have started reading the 'daily readings' that were at the back of the book concurrently with the rest of the book so it would not take me an extra 2 weeks to read (I read one daily reading each morning and evening).Will definitely pull this back out next Christmas.-----Bought this last year when it was published and meant to start reading it right away so I could finish it before last Christmas. Oh well. I can celebrate Christmas longer now.
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Nikiandcory Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Excellent break down of some of the confusing and controversial myths behind the holiday of Christmas. I now have not only a much clearer picture after reading this short book, but also a new freedom in being able to celebrate Christmas without condemnation. This book supports the importance of acknowledging Christ's birth as part of the Resurrection story.
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Cassie Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
I read this during this past Christmas season. I was encouraged to keep thinking bigger when it comes to this holy day. And, as a side note, Wilson does say that Easter should be an even bigger deal than Christmas (something I've always wondered about- why Easter isn't a bigger deal in our culture).
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Jonah Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
This book was refreshing. A faithful exposition of the Incarnation in history. Full of joyful truth, because there is no other kind. You should read it every November and follow the devotionals every Advent season. A true gift to the church.
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John Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
Thrilling for the soul I read this volume with release. It was such food for my heart causing me to truly feed upon Christ. So much insight, so much depth. I hope to read this again and again.
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Josh Jun 05, 2020 - 07:19 AM
I did in fact finish this after Christmas. Lots of really great moments in the book, though there were things I didn't agree with here and there. Also the occasional typo, which is a bummer. I'm planning to reread it come next Christmastime.
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God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas Is the Foundation for Everything By Douglas Wilson 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 ChristmThe 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 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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