Advent Conspiracy [Paperback]

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Tired of the consumerism that has come to define Christmas? Advent Conspiracy invites families, home groups, and churches to restore the heart of the Holiday. Unwrapping four simple but powerful concepts, this stirring book, complete with study guide, invites you to celebrate Jesus' birth more meaningfully by giving relationally to family, friends, and the less fortunate.

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Worship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love All Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be---a joyous celebration of Jesus birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits. Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully---because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus Spend Less---and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More---of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All---the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference. Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most---your presence."

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Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.03" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310324521  
EAN  9780310324522  
UPC  025986324520  

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More About Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, Greg Holder, Susan Lepselter, David Brewer, Pasqual Ferry, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rick McKinley (DMin, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Imago Dei Community. He is the author of four books, serves on faculty at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and is a nationally known speaker at conferences including Q, Catalyst, and The Justice Conference. In 2012, Portland Monthly magazine voted him one of Portland's 50 Most Influential People. Rick lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and four children.

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A reason for Christmas  Feb 5, 2010
A must read. What is the real reason to celebrate Christmas and how can we get back to that? This helps provides reasons how and why.
Becoming a World Changer  Jan 30, 2010
The advent conpiracy is a wonderful reminder of what Christmas is really all about. What we can do as individuals to keep that at the forefront of every day during the advent season and the rest of the year too. Be a World changer
A Manifesto Expanded  Jan 5, 2010
I have known about Advent Conspiracy since mid- to late-2008, and found their ideas very interesting. Indeed, would we not be better off to scale back our Christmastime consumerism for multiple reasons? Thus, when I had the opportunity to read this book, I eagerly did.

It's 150 pages, but reads much faster than that, because the book's last 50 pages are supplementary materials ("letters from co-conspirators", acknowledgments, a small-group study guide, and notes). The book proper is a brisk read which outlines AC's origins and principles. Four of the chapter titles sum up the gist of the AC manifesto: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.

The book was a good and encouraging read with a clear message, if it was overall a little repetitive. I've given it 4 stars and would recommend this book on the strength of the ideas of Advent Conspiracy as an organization more so than on the merits of the book itself. However, the book is certainly a great introduction to AC and an impetus for rethinking how we celebrate Christmas.

[note: I was given this book for free by AC provided that I reviewed it on this (to AC: sorry the review's so late!). However, AC made no rules about how well I reviewed it, how many stars I gave it, or anything else. AC is doing great things.]
Christmas has now come and gone, but we can STILL change the world...  Dec 29, 2009
"Christmas has now come and gone - but we can STILL change the world."
I am reviewing this book from the perspective of a parent of 2 children, ages 6 and 9. I first learned about this "Advent Conspiracy" at my local church. Intrigued, I went looking for a fan page on Face book, and promptly finding one, joined. I was sent a free copy of this book, with the promise that I would write a review.

So - here is my review. My honest review.
I think the book was EXCELLENT. I had to read it in spurts, as I'm a busy parent. But every time I picked it up, I found it hard to put down.
I love the concept. My husband loves the concept. "Worship fully, spend less, give more, love all." Simply written, but so powerful!

My husband and I, we found ourselves feeling frustrated more than once, this last Christmas season, The pull of "shopping for Christmas presents" is a strong one. We didn't feel like we had much money to spend on Christmas gifts this year - I am presently a stay at home mum, we are a single income family. Our 2 kids each got one or two gifts from us, plus a stocking. My extended family members (all married) got one couple gift. My dad got one gift. And we contributed money in our household to the "Living Water" project, that our church was raising money for to contribute to.

I also gave of my TIME, helping a neighbour friend in need (3 mornings a week for 3 weeks) as she required childcare for her young daughter, who's babysitter went on another tangent with her choice of occupation.
Early in December, my 9 year old son and I participated in something called "Second Saturday." We (happily) gave up 4 hours of our time on a Saturday morning, to help "Inner City youth alive" clean and decorate their space for a Christmas banquet (for the teens who go through their doors). Seeing the smile on the leader's face, hearing all the good they are doing for the youth in the North end of Winnipeg - warmed my heart, that bitterly cold winter morning. I want to go back and help out some more, this happens once a month, I will definitely sign up again, maybe my son will too - he gave up his beloved weekly swimming lesson to attend.

It was a busy Advent season for us. I was looking for a little peace in the busyness. I thought it would come, once the Christmas presents were wrapped, and shipped off to B.C, and up North. Once my Christmas cards were mailed off to friends - in B.C., Northern MB, England, Australia. Surely I'd find some time to reflect on "what Christmas is all about" - after my Christmas cards were hand delivered to friends in our neighbourhood. But then I got sick, on December 23rd - at least it was AFTER an evening of singing a combination of traditional Christmas carols, and contemporary Christmas songs for a Christmas party. Oh well. Then my 20 year old nephew in B.C., wound up in the hospital, with serious health concerns, on Christmas Eve. Busyness, fatigue, worry crept in. Sigh.

Christmas morning. I knew I should have turned around and gone back up the stairs, when I saw my husband looking at a website for husbands who forgot to buy their wife a card. Oh well. I gave him my card with the "heart warming" sentiment on the outside, the real message on the inside, bought while I was fighting stomach flu. I should have left the card on the shelf.

Flash forward a bit.....
The kids have all opened the gifts - from us, and from some out of town relatives. I haven't opened my stocking even. My husband asks my 9 year old son, to bring me the one gift he bought me. "Open it" he says, full of excited anticipation. Will she love it??? - his face seems to be saying.

I tear open the paper of the smallish box. I think it's something I can wear, as in...a bracelet? Wrong!!
Why, it's a "Hello Kitty" box! I open it. Inside I see.....a rhinestone embellished, bright pink, Hello Kitty....thumbdrive. Yea.
Ummm...when do I EVER use a thumbdrive? I close the box, get real quiet...then start to get teary.
Darn it....I don't want it to be all about "the gift" this Christmas. Cause we are setting ourselves up to be disappointed. I want THIS Christmas to be different, to be about something much deeper.
But here we go again...we KNOW what the REAL meaning of Christmas is. My kids know it! But my husband and I are left to feel like - we missed the boat. And this so saddens us.

I know it's not about "what you GET, but about GIVING" - giving of your time, your skills, your compassion, your resources, even if they feel limited. From a willing heart.

I heard of a good cause after Christmas, called "Clothe the City." For one Saturday from 10 - 4pm - a local shelter was accepting gently used winter coats, mitts, scarves, hats, new socks, etc. I gathered up these types of articles and then my husband and I dropped off our items, just as they were closing their doors. When I am able to help in ways such as this - it warms my heart, I like to make a difference in my part of the world. I can do this every day.

Looking ahead....
Next year, besides cutting ourselves some serious slack - how are things going to be different, next Advent and Christmas season?
I plan on buying some of my family members copies of this book, for starters. I think my 3 nephews, and my niece would love the message of "Advent Conspiracy." Perhaps everyone would breathe a big sigh of relief. We have already agreed (on my husband's side, anyway) that the adults are just going to give one another one "stocking stuffer" gift. My husband has decided, he's going to give me a gift in honor of a charity. And I will do the same. How about the "Living Water" program, now there's an idea!
Also, I will make sure out of town family members in B.C. - also get a copy of this "Advent Conspiracy" book from me.
My kids? Again - one gift each from us. Maybe we will give of our time as a family, towards helping out at a worthy cause.

Lastly, just looking for some time to reflect, some peace from this "consumer mentality" - next Christmas. Time to be. Time to breathe. Time to sit at the feet of Jesus...worshipping fully.

Christmas can change your world!  Dec 29, 2009
For the past several years, thousands of U.S. churches and tens of thousands of Christians have embraced the spiritual revolution outlined by this ground-breaking book, THE ADVENT CONSPIRACY: CAN CHRISTMAS STILL CHANGE THE WORLD? This book is a part of a far-reaching recovery of Jesus' message that God loves the (whole) world and so should we!

Pastors Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder show how American Christians have changed the focus of Christmas from a time of celebrating the arrival of God in human form to a time of consumer excess and family stress. Many authors have said as much before, but these pastors then go on to suggest some practical steps Christians can take to live out the true message of Christmas. They recommend that Christians can invest time (not just money) in their family relationships, for example, or they can get to know their impoverished neighbors better. Still others can use a portion of their usual holiday budget to fund worthy clean-water initiatives in the Third World. All in all, the book represents a great attempt to explain the relevance of faith principles to real-life problems. This book will help you understand some of the basic principles of Jesus that once made the Christian faith revolutionary and counter-cultural (hence the choice of the book's title, THE ADVENT CONSPIRACY).

The short chapters, thought-provoking points, study questions, and practical suggestions make this book an ideal resource for church groups seeking to reclaim "the reason for the season." (The DVD version of THE ADVENT CONSPIRACY is also very good.)

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