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Keeping Christ as Christmas

Everything is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  I hear the Salvation Army bells jingle as I enter the grocery store.  The decorations are up at our school.  I listen to Christmas carols on the radio.  I'm starting to feel the pressure of finding the perfect gift for loved ones.

But ...I want this Christmas to be different.  

I don't want to be stressed.

I want to experience what Christmas is all about; the birth of my Savior Jesus Christ.

Let me introduce you to Jennifer Walker.

Jennifer writes a blog called Smelling Coffee.  I began following her blog back in 2008.  I was drawn to her for many reasons.  We share a love for the Lord.  We had similar denominational backgrounds. She was a teaching leader in a well know Bible study organization.  She had to deal with struggles and life changing events.  I read her posts as she wrote about her faith and trust in God even when she and her husband had to sell their home and move to a new location and a new job.  Her words helped me in my own struggles and challenges.  Jennifer is authentic and kind and loving.  And did I mention how cute she is?
I read how she was writing an eBook called "Keeping Christ as Christmas".  She asked for feedback on Smelling Coffee.  I responded.

I was amazed at how quickly she was able to pen this book.  But then she felt the Lord leading her to do this so ...why was I surprised?

The more I heard about "Keeping Christ as Christmas" I knew I wanted to read it.  I emailed Jennifer and she sent me an advance copy of the eBook for free.

I read it and ...I loved it!

And now I want to ask you to check it out for yourself.

  • Do you want to experience God's peace during this Christmas season?
  • Do you want to make time to read God's Word even in the midst of the hustle and bustle?
  • Do you want to teach your children what Christmas is all about?
  • Do you want to experience a different Christmas this year?
I recommend that you visit Jennifer at Smelling Coffee and get to know her.

I recommend that you purchase "Keeping Christ as Christmas" for only $4.99.  You can download it as a PDF, buy it for your Kindle, or buy as an EPUB and download it to most e-reading devices.

Here's the link to learn about the eBook: Keeping Christ as Christmas.

Do you want to experience peace during this Christmas?

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Thanks for the book recommendation! Just yesterday, I was trying to find a book I wanted to download on my Nook (hopefully this one will be able to be downloaded as an EPUB). It is so easy to get swept up in the busyness surrounding this time of year, rather than worshiping the One Christmas is about!

    Keeping Christ in Christmas, Joan

  2. Perfect timing, Debbie! We just had a sermon about the same topic. Do we get so wrapped up and stressed about the rituals of Christmas that we don't have time to reflect on the real gift we have been given. Many years ago, my family cut way back on Christmas gift giving...so less stressful. I will check out the blog Smelling Coffee too. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Thanks, Debbie, for your prayer over at my place. And I am so glad I stopped by here because this is just what I needed today.

    I have been trying to think of ways to cut back, to make Christmas more about Jesus and less about materialism--so I will definitely check out her book--

    Your stuffing looked wonderful also!

    I ate way too much--went to doctor yesterday and oh me, oh my, paid for it in lbs--

    Got to start eating healthy again!

  4. Brilliant timing for this sort of book, I do feel the original meaning behind Christmas is a little lost in today's hustle and bustle and this year more than others I've spent more time thinking about why Christmas is actually celebrated, I think I'd find it difficult to alter my Christmas day though - not because I'm adverse to change for me personally I would like to make it more about Christ and taking some time to reflect however not all of my family is heavily religious so I feel it would separate us as a family over Christmas, though saying that some of us like to go to church on Christmas eve (me my parents and my grandparents) but my partner, my dad and brother would rather stay at home and that seems to work out fine.

    I can't say if itd change the daily madness that is Christmas but I truly adore Christmas and don't find it stressful in a negative way but I think I'd still enjoy reading that book none-the-less.

  5. Hi Debbie. Thanks so much for sharing about the book! You have been such an encouraging sister along the often parallel paths we walk. I love and appreciate you...

  6. I will have to go and check this out right now. Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs to you!

  7. Hi Debbie,

    I am focusing on the "no stress" advice! Instead, Christmas means an extra special season to reveal the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in me daily, by allowing these traits to shine through my actions. :)

    Thanks for sharing the book and blog referral; I will check them out now! :)

    Blessings for a joyful weekend!

  8. Dear Debbie,
    I feel that Christians all over the world are meeting Christmas in a more spiritual way this year.
    With a heartfelt longing of meeting Christ.
    Maybe the economic crisis with us having less money to spend, turns out to become a blessing in disguise. We're avoiding being caught up by the buying carousel, and turn our heads towards the really reason for the season. The word that turned into flesh and to live among us.
    I feel no loss in not take part in the horrible consumer feast.
    I love lighting my advent candle and say the verse of advent each morning.
    Peace on earth, peace in my heart.


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