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.
Find out what others are saying about 'Christmas Uncut' here
An accessible, faithful guide to the actual Christmas story. Let this book help you get to grips with the reality and purpose of Christmas, and introduce you to the person who is at the center of it all.
- Trevin Wax, author of Counterfeit Gospels and Holy Subversion, Gospel Coalition blogger and Managing Editor of The Gospel Project.
This is a great book for people who think they know the Christmas story, and for those who know that they don't. It's both creative and historical, simple and insightful, fresh and faithful. It's a great book, and I hope it is widely read and used.
- Kevin DeYoung, Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing MI
A great book for introducing people to the real and wonderful Jesus of history - lots of myth busting, truth and humour ... That's my Christmas shopping sorted for this year
- Lizzy Smallwood, Author, speaker and Chair of the London Women’s Convention.
This book blows the dust off the first Christmas story! It's fast paced, witty and will help anyone discover what really happened when Jesus was born. Get lots of copies and pass them on to as many people as you can.
- Lee McMunn, Evangelist and church planter in Hull; presenter of Identity.
A humorous, piercing and above all truthful book that challenges our preconceptions of Christmas. Carl writes with wit and a real grasp of modern minds to show us that Jesus can't stay in the manger.
- Rico Tice, Assistant Minister, All Souls Langham Place, founder of Christianity Explored Ministries
Table of contents
- 1. Mary
- 2. The angel
- 3. The shepherds
- 4. The magi
- 5. Herod
- 6. Simeon
- 7. Jesus
- What next?
|Format||Electronic book text|
|Publisher||The Good Book Company|
Informative, thought-provoking, no nonsense
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.
Grabs the attention(Review written for 'Christmas Uncut')
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.
Brill easy read but good.(Review written for 'Christmas Uncut')
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, grabdparents 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!
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.
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.
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.