Every generation has its abundance of Scrooges. The church is full of them. We hear endless complaints of commercialism. We are constantly told to put Christ back into Christmas. We hear that the tradition of Santa Claus is a sacrilege. We listen to those acquainted with history murmur that Christmas isn’t biblical. The Church invented Christmas to compete with the ancient Roman festival honoring the bull-god Mithras, the nay-sayers complain. Christmas? A mere capitulation to paganism.
My friend didn’t bow the knee on the spot and trust Christ. But the dialogue was open and he was intrigued. You see, most people don’t even know what the Bible’s true story is. They react against what they think it is or some misguided ways Christians have presented the gospel message. And again, having been released from the pressure of “closing the deal” so I could have another “notch on my belt” I was free to share only what the Spirit led me to share and then direct the conversation that didn’t make my friend want to shut down and never talk about it again.
I’m not writing about sales trends or the rise of digital books. That’s not what I mean by the “state of Christian publishing.” I mean, what is Christian publishing doing well right now and where can it improve? No doubt, there are still scores of terrible books published by evangelical houses each year-horrible in style and worse in content. Thankfully, I don’t come across many of these books. But I do come across a lot of Christian books each year. Not only do I read many of them, as a blogger I get lots of free books from publishers. I also work with publishers from the inside as an author. So I do see a fair amount of what gets released in a given year.
If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift, this might be the thing to get (me):