Friday, December 18, 2009

Book Review: A Not-So-Silent Night by Verlyn D. Verbrugge

Sent to me as a complimentary copy from, A Not-So-Silent Night piqued my interest, as it presented some very interesting ideas to ponder during this Advent season.  Dr. Verlyn D.Verbrugge has written a slim yet interesting treatise that urges his readers to take another look at the birth of Christ.

Traditionally, Christmas has been celebrated as a time of joy, peace and light.  Verbrugge takes a different viewpoint.  If you consider why Christ came into the world, His birth ushered in a new era of spiritual and physical conflict.  The heralding angels should really be seen as soldiers of a heavenly army, declaring their readiness to their Commander in Chief.  Essentially, "Christmas is the beginning of war." (p.74)

While I felt that Verbrugge was a bit heavy-handed with his depiction of Christ's birth as a death-scented occasion, there were a number of points made that have made me appreciate this holiday in a deeper way.  His portrayal of the trials that Mary and Joseph had to endure as social and familial outcasts was very compelling.  I will never look at their diversion to the animals' stable in the same way again.  I also found the comparisons made between Genesis' Tree of Knowledge and Christ's cross to be very interesting.

There are many angles to the Christmas story that I have never considered before, and this concise book clearly presents them in a scriptural, deliberate way.  It is certainly worth 98 pages of reading to enhance your appreciation for what God has done for us in the birth of Christ Jesus the Messiah.


  1. This sounds like a good book! I like the cover of it and it really makes you think about christmas. :)

  2. Nina:

    Yeah, the cover does look nice. And yes, the points he makes in the book have been on my mind since I started it. It makes for a less "commercialized" Christmas in my mind. And that's always a good thing!


  3. This does sound interesting. It is neat to hear different views or opinions on the view of that one great night.

    I do have to agree the cover does look amazing.

    Great review.

  4. Hi, Laura -- I just wanted to say that I just posted an addendum comment on my blog today. I give you a sincere wish for a both a spiritually uplifting Christmas holyday and a joy filled day all around!

  5. Julia:

    Thanks so much! I'm going to go check out your blog right now. If anyone else wants to join me, here's the link!

    And Julia, thanks for the interaction. You have a Merry Christmas Eve Eve!




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