Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 18, 2011

Five strangers discover the true meaning of Christmas

Five strangers, guided by local Bible scholar Nizar Shaheen, take a real-life pilgrimage to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Nazreth, Drew, Dusty May, Kim and Rory, all from different backgrounds, each came with certain biases and belief systems.  Sometimes disagreeing but never vicious with each other, they learned that their differences were what made this trip so enlightening.  Their discussions were insightful and helped in developing a feel for what they were experiencing.

Each had a different reason for taking the journey.  Nazreth wanted to reconnect with her heritage.  Drew wanted an encounter with God. Dusty May’s excitement and enthusiasm was contagious. Kim wanted to discover the tribal aspect of the Nativity story and Rory, a self-proclaimed agnostic with a Jewish and Christian background, went to discover the real story about Christianity and to remove his biases of the Jewish and Christian religions.

Strangers with different backgrounds journeying in a distant land to learn about the Nativity story find themselves confronting their faith and their beliefs.  Ultimately, the journey changed each of them though probably not how you would expect.  This video is not about them.  It’s really not about you.  It’s about the truth of the birth of Christ and how our interpretation of it can get lost in snow and Santa Claus.

The video was designed to be a teaching series for small groups and churches.  It is a wonderful way to transform the Christmas season from the commercialism into a reverent understanding of what Christ’s birth truly means for us today.  One observation from one of the travelers: “In order to meet Christ, you have to go into a harsh environment, away from other people and take time.”

The video also comes with a discussion guide which will help you take your own journey into the true meaning of Christmas.  For more information, visit the website here.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers, as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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