The American way of celebrating Christmas—an overabundance of gifts, family gatherings, and over-the-top decorations—carries expectations that are often disappointed. Many books exist to suggest remedies: Slow down; simplify; keep Jesus as the reason for the season. In A Better December (New Growth Press, 2013), Steven Estes goes to the biblical book of Proverbs for insight into why we sometimes feel alone when surrounded by family. He shows how Solomon wrote about greed, perfectionism, covetousness, disappointment—the same kinds of issues that Christmas exposes. With humor and pathos, Estes tells little stories that point to the gospel story.
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