Has the real meaning of Christmas become lost? How do you bring the true meaning of the holiday back to the season?
In an era when Christmas has become little more than a frenzy of exhausting and expensive consumerism, many Christians are searching for a way to reclaim the deeper meaning of the celebration for their children and family. New York Times best-selling author W. Cleon Skousen's The Real Story of Christmas reconnects the reader with what Christmas is supposed to be: peace, goodwill, and the story of Jesus Christ.
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
About the Author
W. CLEON SKOUSEN
W. Cleon Skousen (1913-2006) is best remembered as a national bestselling author, speaker, and teacher who lectured in every state and province in North America, and in more than sixty countries worldwide. He was a student of history and a scholar of law, specializing in the principles of freedom, the U.S. Constitution, economics, and ancient history and scriptures.
Skousen was invited to write a new constitution for Canada and the proposed United States of Latin America, and he published a model constitution that could be adopted by nations everywhere. He served in the FBI for sixteen years, as Chief of Police in Salt Lake City for four years, and as a university professor for ten years. He was a prolific writer and produced three national bestsellers: The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, and The 5000 Year Leap. Eight of his books were used as college texts, and several were translated and published in other countries.
His seminars on the Constitution have been taught to several million people across the U.S., and among his students were dozens of U.S. senators and representatives, two Supreme Court justices, and several presidential candidates. He believed knowledge and understanding were key to maintaining a free country, and he spent his entire adult life opening up complex issues for deeper understanding by students and audiences all around the world.
Skousen was born in Canada and returned to the U.S. with his family at age ten. He spent two years in Mexico and two years in England, then graduated from San Bernardino College in California and received his JD from George Washington University Law School. He was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and before the District Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of 8 children, 50 grandchildren, and more than a 150 great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth W. Roach
Association for Mormon Letters
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.