The Soul of Christmas
Moore, bestselling author of Care of the Soul and many other soul-centered books, turns his poetic attention to the Christmas season in this exploration of the deeper meaning behind holiday traditions. Using his trademark blend of storytelling, faith, and insight, he shows how our ordinary practices of gift-giving, singing carols, gathering with family and friends, and putting up trees have roots in ancient sacred traditions … and how those practices guide us to a way of life that is nothing short of revolutionary in today’s culture.
Moore shows that focusing on the meaning behind the symbolism and the sentiment behind the commercialism can lead us to a way of living that can hold value to people of any faith: a grand experiment in living from generosity rather than competitiveness, a single day when children know better than anyone that magic exists. With the right mindset, even shopping can become a deep practice of love and spirituality.
The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.
Stock #: B53120
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I thought the premise, line of thinking, and the various Christmas images/symbols well thought out. The author spoke of wanting something for everyone, and I think that is where it missed. It was for everyone, and then no one too. Since his intent was not to offend, he succeeded. I guess I was waiting for something more in the "ah-ha" realm or even a more direct correlation to either scripture or traditions. Still will recommend it!!
I loved Thomas Moore's Soul of Christmas. He explored the festive side of Christmas showing how the various "rituals" of the season nourish our soul, even if we may not be participating with a special religious or even spiritual intent. I used it as the basis for a very successful homily for Christmas eve.
Excellent, well done and very readable.
I found the book to be a fine co-mingling of the religious symbols and the secular symbols surrounding the winter equinox and Christmas-Epiphany celebrations. Very insightful and it provided me much food for thought.
This is a book that would appeal to both those who consider themselves religious or secular. It allowed me to see the "material" side of Christmas in a different light. I think I am able to enjoy the trappings of Christmas this year without loosing sight of the spiritual side.
I am half way finished. The beginning was a little slow, but I am enjoying the book now.
If I had a little more time it would be finished.
I plan on finishing it this weekend, it is a quick, but thought provoking read.
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