Thursday, November 7, 2019

Before Christmas by Bill Crowder

About the Book

Book: Before Christmas
Author: Bill Crowder
Genre: RELIGION / Holidays/Christmas & Advent
Release Date: October, 2019

Embrace the majesty of the Messiah

Bill Crowder invites you to explore the backstory of the first advent. He brings you on a journey into the very heart of God, to a greater understanding of what it means that “the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).

 Walk through Scripture to see and know Jesus in a richer way. Examine His character as God, His relationship with the Father, His appearances in the Old Testament, and more. Understand how these pre-Bethlehem truths lead into the Savior’s birth and the events of that first Christmas—and, most importantly, how it all comes together in God’s great story of redemption and rescue.

You’ll embrace the majesty of the Messiah and celebrate Christ’s birth with renewed joy and wonder.

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My Review

I really enjoyed this short read that really looked at the Christmas story in the context of the entire Bible. The chapters were not long, and the book was really nice quality for a gift or for yourself as a nice focus near the Christmas season. It's not really a super deep Bible study or devotional, but a short chapter book for a good focus. We get to look at God in the Old Testament, and focus on Jesus and His character as well as some on the trinity. I think it's important to keep the focus on Christ near the Christmas season, and this book really shows us the whole story of God and His sovereignty throughout time and today in our lives as well. I don't know a better time than Christmas to focus on the entirety of our Lord and all that He is. I recommend this one for any Christian, possibly even the non-reader since it is a nice short read perfect for a gift as well. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 

About the Author

Bill Crowder, who spent over twenty years in the pastorate, is vice president of ministry content at Our Daily Bread Ministries. He is a contributor to Our Daily Bread and the author of nine books, including My Hope Is in You, Seeing the Heart of Christ, and For This He Came. He and his wife, Marlene, have five children.

More from Bill

During my years as a pastor, I found Christmas and Easter to be challenging. Certainly I love those seasons (for very different reasons), but finding creative ways to retell these important stories was often difficult. But, at one such season I realized that the story we tell at Christmas is not really the whole story. By entering the story at Nazareth or Bethlehem, we enter too late. We can’t simply start with the Baby in the manger—we need to go back. Before time began. To the eternal Christ. Unless we seek to understand Him, we’ll never fully appreciate who He was and why He came. That is the Christmas story.  – Bill Crowder

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To celebrate his tour, Bill is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book, Starbucks Holiday Blend Coffee, and $10 Amazon card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful read. Very pretty cover!

  2. I'm in my car a lot, waiting for one child or another. Short chapters work best for me in those moments!

  3. Looking forward to preparing my heart for Christmas with this book!

  4. The cover is beautiful! This sounds like a very insightful book.