Sacred Holidays by Becky Kiser
Sacred Holidays has you look at the holidays in a different way—instead of focusing on your to do list to make the holidays the perfect Facebook post picture, the book suggests framing it in a different context and find Jesus in them. The book is set up in sections dealing with coping with stress, a chapter for each different holiday (including birthdays), and sections that deal with things like grief. The holiday chapters have charts and areas for making lists, too.
Kiser delves into areas like the fact some Christians are uncomfortable with celebrating Halloween and her own issues with Valentine’s Day, which happens to be my favorite holiday. There’s also a section dealing with Common Struggles and scriptures that target these issues. I think that was my favorite part of the book along with her addressing the grief aspect of the holidays that taint them for many of us. It was nice to see a book address the parts of holidays that can hurt and she address the fact many Christians feel the need to put on a fake smiley face during the holidays because it’s what feels expected of us when we actually aren’t feeling joyful.
The book would be a good edition to your library if you’re someone in charge of planning holiday gatherings at your house or you like to host parties. It keeps things in perspective and reminds you to focus on Jesus instead of the go-go tendencies to do lists and the holidays often bring.
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