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Advent Conspiracy Can Christmas Still Change the World Worship More Spend Less Give Presence Love All Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas This year take a stand Join the groundswell of Christ followers who are choosing to

  • Title: Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?
  • Author: Rick McKinley Chris Seay Greg Holder
  • ISBN: 9780310324522
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley Chris Seay Greg Holder, Worship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love All Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas This year, take a stand Join the groundswell of Christ followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be a joyous celebration of Jesus birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks anWorship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love All Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas This year, take a stand Join the groundswell of Christ followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be a joyous celebration of Jesus birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts Worship Fully because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus Spend Less and free your resources for things that truly matter Give More of your presence your hands, your words, your time, your heart Love All the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most your presence.

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    1. This is a real challenge to every Christian to turn Christmas into what it really means by refusing to buy into the commercialism and greed If Christmas gifts were scaled back to what people really need and not just a present that costs x amount depending in the degree of relationship, we could free up some of the money we overspend and do something good for people who are really in need This church challenged itself to bring water to poor countries that have no safe water supply They made gifts [...]

    2. Odd to be reading a book about Christmas when it is 91 degrees outside, and summer has only just begun, but I have been meaning to get through this one which wasn t hard it s very short Last year I watched the documentary What Would Jesus Buy and loved it I have, for some time now, thought that Christmas has become the exact opposite of what it is supposed to be Peace on Earth Good will toward men Screw that It s the Shopocalypse Nearly every person I know, during the Christmas season, is stress [...]

    3. Tired of the consumerism of Christmas Advent Conspiracy is an outside the box way to refocus our attention and energies on worshiping God fully, spending less, giving , and loving all Instead of having a Christmas that caters to materialism, why not have a Christmas that can help change the world

    4. This book presents a different mindset for Christmas with focus on worship and love, and less on commercialism and spending money This makes much sense to me because most of what we buy for people is done with little thought and it ends up in a closet or a yard sale before too long I believe that intentional gifting is a much better way to go This book advocates using 25% initially of your gifting budget to give to a charity Their favorite seems to be Living Water which provides clean water we [...]

    5. The message around Christmas seems obvious worship fully, spend less, give , etc and yet most of us are so caught up in the consumerism of Christmas, despite what a cliche it is It s what most people talk complain about every year, how we have too much, our kids have too many presents, we barely remember what the season is about, blah blah blah, and yet we do little to change it There s nothing novel here, but I appreciated the 3 authors really making an effort to change our mindsets a little It [...]

    6. I was looking forward to this book and thought spring would be a good time to read it I wanted to distance myself from Christmas so I could spend some time processing the points and planning for next year I have to say that the marketing team for this movement did a good thing with the phrase worship fully, spend less, give , love all The only problem is that it left this book to be little than a long brochure for the movement I didn t find much that sparked much thought than the phrase I just [...]

    7. The concept in this book is amazing I m thrilled by the conspiracy and what these churches are trying to pull off The main thrust is that at Christmas we should be worshiping fully, spending less on consumeristic stuff , and giving in meaningful ways and to people who desperately need it It s all great The book is not It s not very well written and the concepts aren t thoroughly explored It feels like a pitch piece which I guess it is than a good book I would have loved even a sermon transcrip [...]

    8. Different way and a challenge to think about Christmas Why not live different This book challenges the reader to spend less by creating relational giving made, not bought, or something the individual needs as a single item and giving time, money to necessary charities and worshipping fully during the advent season instead of rushing to find a gift and finish in time to be exhausted and unable to enjoy the day Only downfall is that only one charity option is given as a possible reception for giv [...]

    9. I read this for our women s Bible study in December It was written by 3 authors, one of which is the pastor of my church It discusses a concept of celebrating Christmas in a different and biblical manner instead of buying into consumerism and getting lost in our current traditions and culture Christmas should be about giving but spending less, not going into debt for all the perfect gifts and helping others We have been doing Advent Conspiracy for 3 years now and the book was helpful to clarif [...]

    10. This book was okay I really like Chris Seay and his church Ecclesia so I assumed I would like this book I still love the concept and will be looking to the website to get ideas for how to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All this coming Advent However, I could have done without the constant nagging advertisement for Living Water International It s a great charity and all but it s not the only charity out there If the authors had given diverse examples of how to translate the concep [...]

    11. Great reminder to spend less, give and worship fully this Christmas season The book encourages us that spending money on gifts just to have gifts misses the purpose, Jesus s gifts were all intentional Spend by giving your time because that is relational and worship fully through everything you do to make the spirit of Christmas a lifestyle If you are tired of dreading the holiday season and find yourself concerned about what you are getting instead of giving then this might be a book you sho [...]

    12. Short, quick read Nothing special in terms of writing style, but the concepts and content are good Premise is basically to make your Christmas meaningful and less about consumerism but it doesn t call for this in a overly critical no stop buying gifts you materialistic capitalist slob way Rather, it calls for small changes spending time in relationships, putting real thought into gifts, giving away to those who need it, etc The motto for the Advent Season presented in this book is Worship Ful [...]

    13. This book is an essential one one that North American churches must prayerfully read, discuss and reflect upon this Advent season, and in so doing, we will continue to be transformed further into the image of Christ and thus bear witness to the love and reconciliation that has come in Christ for all humankind Read my full review in THE ENGLEWOOD REVIEW OF BOOKS

    14. I ve been a fan of this program for some time now and finally got the chance to read this book, but was a little disappointed At times it seemed like it was trying too hard, at other times convicting, still other times it seemed like a sales pitch Really great concept that could have been presented better.

    15. OH how this changed our perspective on Christmas We always said Christmas was about Jesus birth but did our actions, as far as spending is concerned, show that Did we really need all of those gifts This has changed Christmas for us into something so much joyful Get ready to be challenged if you read this book.

    16. This book spoke to me about relational giving versus the consumerism that has become Christmas It was very apropos for this time of the year and provoked my thinking about how I personally celebrate Christmas.

    17. I viewed the Advent Conspiracy videos at church and online That fed my curiosity to check out AC I read this book and liked it It s a reminder of the reason for the season and the message worship fully, spend less, give , etc.

    18. Really makes you think While I m worried about whether I m going to buy the latest electronic, others are worried about whether they are going to have clean drinking water that isn t going to kill them It puts things in perspective.

    19. This idea is radical in our current way of thinking It is something for Christians to do together and start early in the year to share the true reason for Christmas God s precious gift, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world.

    20. For anyone looking for a way to navigate the consumer driven nature of the holiday season, I d recommend this book Thought provoking at the very least, even if you do not buy into the Advent Conspiracy mentality Excellent for book club discussion.

    21. I wholly embrace the message but the delivery lacked focus and substance I picked this up years ago finally pulled it off the shelves for this Advent season Perhaps I am disappointed because it has been on my to read shelf for so long.

    22. Nothing than a typical rehashing of all sermons given around this time There is nothing new or fresh presented here However, it is always good to be reminded of what Christmas is supposed to be.

    23. Bleh I m taking away from it what I liked and forgetting the rest Plus, the Kindle version is not good.

    24. It really strengthened my resolve to make presents a smaller part of Christmas while making Christ the center.

    25. Reading the website was exciting than reading the book But the Advent Conspiracy itself is valid and worth taking a look at Just don t waste your time with a repetitive 100 pages.

    26. I m rating the book three stars, not the underlying premise of Advent Conspiracy, which would rank five stars.

    27. I would probably give this book a 5 for the general ideas, but only about a 2 for the actual content within the book I ll be generous and err on the side of ideas.

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