Skousen provides historical context and a clear explanation of the events, the places, and the people involved in the birth of Jesus—Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna, the three wise men, and the Roman occupying army. Those seeking the Christ Child, for both good and evil, are brought to life with historical context and description. It’s the real story of Christmas, the one that has lived for 2,000 years to change the hearts of billions toward fostering true peace on earth and good will toward men.
At the end of the book are the verses from Luke 2 that give the original biblical account of Jesus’s birth, a perfect passage for family reading on Christmas Eve.
The Real Story of Christmas begins in a humble little village, long besieged by warriors, with little hope of escape—until one night in early spring when there was born a babe in a manger whose life and mission would literally change everything.
There is a current trend of looking for ways to make Jesus Christ more of the central figure in the Christmas season instead of all the commercialized distractions. Many times it is difficult to sift through the tinsel and packing peanuts to find the parts of Christmas that are deeply meaningful. Dr. Skousen’s “The Real Story of Christmas” reads like it springs from a father wanting his family to know about what matters most.
–Elizabeth W. Roach, Association for Mormon Letters