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A Light Has Dawned

Meditations on Advent and Christmas

by Carolyn Arends, Philip Yancey, Walter Wangerin, Eugene H. Peterson, And Others

Reflections on the Wonder of Christmas

A Light Has Dawned recovers the best Advent and Christmas articles from half a century of Christianity Today. Guiding the reader through Advent, Christmas, and the climax of Epiphany and including contributions by Billy Graham, Tim Keller, Elisabeth Elliot, Ruth Bell Graham, Eugene Peterson, and more. A Light Has Dawned will inspire readers with the wonder of Advent and Christmas.


  • Introduction by Carolyn Arends
  • Advent” by Alice Slaikeu Lawhead
  • Drive-Through Christmas” by Stanley Grenz
  • The Poverty of Christmas” by Katelyn Beaty
  • Bethlehem on a Budget” by Tim Stafford
  • Away from the Manger” by Mary Ellen Ashcroft
  • Saved through Child-Bearing” by Wendy Alsup
  • Christmas in Afghanistan” by Leigh C. Bishop
  • Gift Wrapping God” by Mary Ellen Ashcroft
  • Christmas Shame” by Eugene H. Peterson
  • Christmas on Tiptoe” by Donald J. Shelby
  • A Cosmic Culmination” by Charles Colson with Catherine Larson
  • Misreading the Magnificat” by David Neff
  • Let the Pagans Have the Holiday” by Rodney Clapp
  • God’s Gift on God’s Tree” by Ruth Bell Graham
  • Christmas Unplugged” by Bill McKibben
  • The Prince of Peace” by Addison H. Leitch
  • Peace: At Times a Sword and Fire” by Billy Graham
  • Hallelujah!” by Philip Yancey
  • The Invasion of God” by Charles Colson wiht Anne Morse
  • Saved by the Bell” by Verne Becker
  • His Kingdom Is Forever” by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Painting Christmas” by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
  • Stars on a Silent Night” by Charlotte F. Otten
  • When God Came Down” by Walter A. Elwell
  • On the Festival of Christ’s Nativity” by Thomas Howard
  • My Dad’s Death Brought Christmas Home’” by Thomas C. Oden
  • Yabba-ka-doodles!” by Mike Mason
  • The Advent of Humility” by Tim Keller
  • The Wondrous Gift” by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Most Beautiful Story Ever Told” by Frank E. Gaebelein
  • Our Divine Distortion” by Carolyn Arends
  • Mary Rejoicing, Rachel Weeping” by Wendy Murray Zoba
  • Simeon and the Child Jesus” by Harold John Ockenga
  • The Men Who Missed Christmas” by James Montgomery Boice
  • Ongoing Incarnation” by Philip Yancey
  • Christmas Implications” by L. Nelson Bell
  • Why I Celebrate Christmas” by Helmut Thielicke
  • The Blessed Evangelical Mary” by Timothy George
  • An After-Christmas Gift” by Lee Knapp
  • Not Yet Home for Christmas” by Jen Pollock Michel
  • The Magi’s Worship” by Kent R. Hughes

2020 Lexham Press


A Light Has Dawned is a one-of-a-kind book that excels in every possible way. It surpasses any book of Christmas devotions that I have read. Variety is one of the most obvious virtues of the book. As the list of authors keeps accumulating, the angles of vision on Christmas likewise keep expanding. The effect is like turning a prism in the light. This is a “best of the best” book—the best evangelical authors giving us the best of their Christmas insights. I found the book to be a page turner, as I wondered who would be next on the playlist, and what aspect of Christmas would be the focus of meditation. I dare to predict that anyone who reads this book will be unable to envision any future Christmas without rereading it.
Leland Ryken, Professor Emeritus of English, Wheaton College

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