Christmas Uncut

What Really Happened and Why It Really Matters...

A funny and faithful retelling of the historical Christmas, showing why it matters today. Perfect for giving away.

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“A humorous, piercing and above all truthful book that challenges our preconceptions of Christmas.”
Rico Tice
Assistant Minister, All Souls Langham Place, founder of Christianity Explored Ministries
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Description

Scandal. Controversy. Massacres. Mystery... Christmas?

This is a book about the real Christmas; the one that has been lost by being turned into a children's nativity play. The one that's been buried under made-up details about donkeys and innkeepers and kings.

And this is a book about why what really happened at Christmas really matters today—about how these amazing events can transform people's lives and futures.

Short, funny, friendly and easy-to-read, Christmas Uncut retells the Christmas story, and explains the gospel message as it does so. Perfect for giving away to unbelieving family and friends, whether they think they know the Christmas story, or know that they don't; and ideal for giving away at the end of Christmas church events.

We have developed some Christmas Uncut themed promotional materials for evangelistic events. They are free to download and can be found under the 'Look-Inside' link on the left.

Product details

Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Mary
  • 2. The angel
  • 3. The shepherds
  • 4. The magi
  • 5. Herod
  • 6. Simeon
  • 7. Jesus
  • What next?

Extras

A6 Postcard

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Trailer (UK)

(18.7 MB)

Specification

Author Carl Laferton
ISBN 9781908762177
Format Paperback
First published 2012
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 5mm
Language English
Pages 64
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Independent reviews

Christmas Uncut

Dave McDonald, Macarisms, December 12th 2012

This little book gets us beyond the commercialism and hype, the fiction and the fantasy, to the true message of the historical Christmas. Each chapter is divided into two parts: (1) what really happened, (2) why it really matters.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“Excellent”

This would be a fantastic book for giving to someone either just starting out on their journey with God or as a conversation opener with someone who perhaps has been taking an interest in God but isn't sure yet. Well written, at times humorous and eye-opening. I would recommend this to everyone.


05/01/2017

“excellent”

absolutely awesome


01/12/2016

“excellent”

I've been a Christian for nearly 40 years and this little booklet knocked my socks off! LOVED it. I am ordering 10 to share immediately!


09/12/2015

“simple.clear and easy to read”

I bought this book for my work colleagues. I wanted something that would be relevant and would explain the gospel message clearly too. I wasn't disappointed with this. It was a down to earth, and amusing at times but balanced with serious and helpful explanations of the Christmas story. i would definitely recommend it as a useful evangelistic tool.


12/01/2015

“Informative, thought-provoking, no nonsense”

(Review written for 'Christmas Uncut (ebook)')

Written in a chatty, approachable style, Christmas Uncut is easy to read, for Christians and non-Christians alike. No jargon, just straight-forward explanations of what really happened and why the Christmas story really matters. I would not be uncomfortable giving this to a non-Christian, and if they reject the challenge it contains, at least they can't say they didn't understand.


08/01/2014

“Grabs the attention”

At Easter and Christmas I look for small books(lets) and enclose with a card for the season to the neighbours, and give one to people who have shown a small kindness (shopkeepers, etc) and have never had one returned or refused. This year I have purchased 20 "Christmas Uncut" for the same outreach purpose and have had good comments from people who have received them. I think the way it is written grabs the attention.


09/12/2013

“Brill easy read but good. ”

I really liked this book as I was looking for something non judgemental to use as gospel outreach. Nativity plays are of interest to parents, grandparents and in general a source of laughter, We all have funny stories to tell ! From this common theme the author brings out quite deep teaching and theology in an easy attractive way. i would think it is really good to hand to those folk you are not sure quite where they stand. I sent for a load of christmas outreach and this is by far the best!


19/11/2013

“helpful evangelistic tool”

Good content. Nice tone - amusing at first, but dealing with serious issues appropriately. Excellent price for bulk give away (£1 each for 100). Great to make available to Christians to use with family, friends, neighbours etc.


28/12/2012

“Interesting and well-written”

"Christmas Uncut" is a short, quick read about what really happened at the first Christmas. The tone was casual and sometimes humorous, but the author kept focused on his point. He accurately portrayed what the Bible says about Christ's birth and the purpose of his birth, life, and death.

Each chapter started with a short, funny story about a nativity play, and he used this to illustrate a point. The author then explained what really happened according to the Bible and filled in some cultural and historical background so the events can be understood better. He then explained why knowing the real story matters--how it changes our perspective of the events. He covered the angel telling Mary that she would become pregnant, the angels announcing Jesus' birth, the shepherds coming to see Jesus, the magi, how Herod reacted, what Simeon said, and why Jesus came in the first place.

While it's an interesting look at Christmas even for most Christians, the book seemed geared toward non-Christians familiar with nativity plays. Overall, I'd recommend this book, especially to those who don't know much about or haven't thought much about what the real Christmas would have been like.


18/12/2012

“Christmas Uncut = Earthy & Awesome”

Christmas Uncut is an awesome book. It is so earthy and real. Finally someone, in a fun and honest way, has told the story as it was really happened. A story full of scandal (Mary was probably though of as a teenage tart), royal betrayal (King Herod lying to the Magi about wanting to meet Jesus to worship him) and violence (the slaughter of 10s, if not scores, of baby boys in Bethlehem). the story has finally gotten REAL.


04/12/2012

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