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This Week’s Book Giveaways: Christmas from Crossway!

Last week the Credo blog gaveaway Zondervan’s new book by Gregg Allison, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, in our excitement for the upcoming January issue of Credo Magazine, “In Christ Alone.” The January issue of Credo will focus its attention on the exclusivity of the gospel, especially in light of the movement known as inclusivism. This issue will seek to answer questions like: Can those who have never heard the gospel of Christ be saved? Will everyone be saved in the end or will some spend an eternity in hell? Must someone have explicit faith in Christ to be saved? Contributors include David Wells, Robert Peterson, Michael Horton, Gerald Bray, Todd Miles, Todd Borger, Ardel Caneday, John Starke, Nathan Finn, Trevin Wax, Michael Reeves, and many others.

This week we are pleased to be giving away three books from Crossway, each of which focus on the theme of Christmas.


The first is The Invention of Lefse: A Christmas Story by Larry Woiwode. Here is what Crossway has to say about this Christmas story: 

“Mette Iversdatter’s window was a porthole on the winter sky.”  With this spare, vivid image, Larry Woiwode brings us into the simple and anxious rhythms of life for a Norwegian farm girl in the first decade of the twentieth century. Christmas Eve falls in the midst of deprivation as Mette’s family prepares to journey to her grandparents’ farm for Christmas. When her father fails to bag a big deer on the journey, they arrive, like everyone else, almost empty-handed. Yet despite frustration and disappointment, this extended family combines their meager resources to create an unexpected marvel of a meal that transforms the family’s Christmas.

Sharply observed and crisply written, Woiwode’s story throbs with truths known to human hearts in any century. He carefully renders the hesitant hopes of a child, the aching disappointments and steady perseverance of her elders, and the surprise of beauty and joy. That prayers may yet be answered—that the provision may be greater even than the promise—is a truth for Christmas and always.

The second book is The Innkeeper, by John Piper.

Here is Crossway’s description:

Only two weeks from his crucifixion, Jesus has stopped in Bethlehem. He has returned to visit someone important–the innkeeper who made a place for Mary and Joseph the night he was born. But his greater purpose in coming is to pay a debt. What did it cost to house the Son of God?

John Piper shares a tale of what might have been through the story-poem of an innkeeper whose life was forever altered by the arrival of the Son of God. Ponder the sacrifice that was made that night. Celebrate Jesus’s birth and the power of his resurrection. And encounter the hope his life gives you for today–and for eternity.

This imaginative story has been redesigned and makes a great gift for families.

The third Christmas book is Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas, edited by Nancy Guthrie.

Here is Crossway’s description:

An anthology of Advent readings collected from the writings and sermons of 22 classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers.

Between purchasing presents and planning travel, enjoying holiday pageants and attending parties, it is all too easy for Christmas to sneak up on people and crowd out a quiet anticipation of this sacred season. So when editor Nancy Guthrie decided she wanted a reflective book of Advent readings by writers who held a high view of Scripture, she embarked on what she calls”a sacred adventure,”” putting together such a collection herself. This special volume draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Whitefield, Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as Skip Ryan, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Francis Schaeffer, R. C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, James Montgomery Boice, R. Kent Hughes,, and Joni Eareckson Tada to help readers enter into the wonder of Jesus’ incarnation and birth.

Each essay in this solidly biblical anthology expounds on a particular aspect of the Christmas story and includes the appropriate Scripture passage from the ESV Bible. It is sure to awaken people’s longing and prepare their hearts for a fresh experience of the coming of Jesus each and every Christmas season.

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