This book is full of surprises. I found Hidden Christmas both interesting, difficult, insightful and challenging.
It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but then that’s probabaly because there is a part of me thinking about nativity scenes and tinsel. Both of which are great by the way, but this book goes straight into the deep truths of what Christianity is about.
It especially reminds us of the lengths God has gone to in order to reclaim us, to bring us home into the place of his love.
To begin with I was uncertain who the book was aimed at, Christians or people wanting to consider Christianity and I am still not sure. However I don’t think I would give it to my non Christian friends.
I personally found Keller’s speaking style abrupt and at times aggressive in tone. I struggled with it and I know it would put my non Christian friends off. Also he uses language which while completely accessible to a church goer, would confuse many who have no experience of it.
There were times where he assumes who you the reader are and what motivates you, which I found annoying. But then he said this:
I have often heard people say that they had gone to such and such church and the preacher had droned on to long and was boring. I often counter, “Okay, but was the sermon wrong? Even though it was boringly communicated, was God’s truth being set before you?” We must be aware of our prejudices.
And he is right. Keller is in no way boring in this book but I did find myself prejudice against it because of his tone.
However, as I looked past that I found Hidden Christmas full of some very beautiful truths and profound insights.
There is much to be gained from reading this book as a Christian, both as an encouragement and as a challege to a deeper life with God.
So take a look for yourselves – I would love to hear your opinions on it.