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Publisher's Summary

From pastor and New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the holidays - a profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the Nativity story.

Even people who are not professing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the Nativity. Every Christmas, displays of Jesus resting in a manger populate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?

In his new book, Timothy Keller takes listeners on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible's account of Jesus' birth, listeners will experience the redeeming power of God's grace in a meaningful and deeper way.

©2016 Timothy Keller (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[A] great gift book.... Keller achieves his pastoral goal of teaching Christmas’ most important message - ‘God alone has the life, truth, and joy that we lack and cannot generate ourselves’ - and in doing so, provides solace for those who seek it.” (Publishers Weekly)

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My new favorite Christmas book

Over the years I have collected quite a number of "Christmas books" - short little volumes written by pastors on the meaning, message and importance of the event and its celebration. This is one of the best. Written with Keller's usual precision and insight, using the story of Christmas, the reader is reminded of the Gospel and that it's message is both radical and needed. Thanks Dr Keller. I needed this.

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The Christmas Book that can be read all year!

One of the very best books I have ever read concerning the real meaning of Christmas as well as what does a real relationship with Jesus look like.

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Very Appropriate for the Holidays. A good listen without all the usual hype.

Enjoyed the narrator's delivery. Contents was informative and reassuring. Logic and history prevail. I had no issues with his facts and had to finish it all in one sitting.

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Elegant and Insightful

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The audio version allowed me to experience the book more deeply. I was able to listen as I wrapped gifts for Christmas, which focused my heart on the object of Christmas...Jesus Christ!

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The Christmas I thought I knew...but didn't

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excellent, thought provoking, faith building.

Keller's teaching is useful to every kind of reader -- the skeptic will be challenged, the young Christian will learn a lot and connect the dots, and the mature Christian will discover the more hidden, subtle lessons found in the Bible verses about the Christmas story. This book is excellent for all readers!

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Making Christmas real

Hidden Christmas is a great book for sinking your teeth into the wonderful richness of all that God is in the stories surrounding Christ's birth. Keller makes the characters real and opens the reader's mind to feel the depths of God's love through the beautiful and meaningful arrival of Emmanuel.

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Fantastic!

Wanted a Christmas listen to build on my faith this advent season. This was a great choice!

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Spectacular

The audible version of Hidden Christmas was simply spectacular and clear and concise in story first and then in performance and production. I read along as I listened to the book being read. It was simply splendid and added more to my love for Jesus Christ and my anticipation of celebrating Christmas like never before this year and for the years to come, as long as I am on this side of heaven. I definitely will share and recommend this book with as many people as I can.

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Merry Christmas

I love every word Tim Keller has ever written!! He is so needed in this time to speak truth into our world! What encouragement he gives to all who read! I will be giving this book as a gift to many for years to come!

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5 stars again for a Timothy Keller book

I choose this book because of the author. He is a brilliant author/teacher yet he is able to present the most dense theological ideas in a way that all can understand. I have read most of Keller’s recent books, and this one, along with “The Prodigal God,” are among my favorites. If you haven’t read it you should.

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