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No matter how severe the outer world is--darkness, barrenness, rejection--it cannot snuff out the light, wither the greenness, or destroy the love. Although we do not always reflect on it, there is an edge to Christmas, an in-your-face attitude.... Gentle defiance is not on the standard list of Christian virtues, but it is the Christmas gift that we all need to unwrap during one December or another.
John Shea delves into Christmas images, stories, customs, and ideas to help us get at the freewheeling nature of God.
- Forward: Have a Defiant Christmas!
- Preface: Starlight
- Chapter 1: The Soul and the Season
- Chapter 2: Strange Stories, Spiritual Sight and Blurred Guides
- Chapter 3: Waking Up on Christmas Morning
- Chapter 4: Giving Birth to Christ
- Chapter 5: The Magi Ride Again
- Chapter 6: The Close and Holy Darkness
- Chapter 7: The Man Who Was a Lamp
- Afterward: Have a Defiant Life!
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A wonderful book, which like the Christmas season itself stirs the cold embers of the heart into fire.
Filled with insight, wit, imagery and warmth, this story about the Christmas story will keep the light burning in the darkness all year long.
For those seeking a deeper meaning of Christmas than may be found in shopping malls, or for anyone at a point of despair, this is a rewarding book.
John Shea is among the most gifted storytellers. Starlight might be tomorrow's classic today...