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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

About the Authors

Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message (NavPress), he has written many other books.

And Others

With many other authors as well.