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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Warren Narrator: Rick Warren Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780743581790
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Hailed by The Economist as the “the most influential pastor in America,” and by Time as one of the one hundred most influential people in the world, the bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life expounds on the profound origins of Christmas, describing it as an opportune time to welcome peace into our lives.

In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Pastor Rick Warren sounds the clarion call to “remember the reason for the season,” taking readers back in time to the most wonderful story of all—the birth of the baby Jesus. When he was just a small boy, young Rick asked his parents if they could celebrate Christmas with a birthday party for Jesus—and the tradition began that the Warrens have upheld for over fifty years. Now through stirring imagery and compelling personal insights, The Purpose of Christmas honors the significance and promise of this cherished holiday.

Pastor Warren encourages readers to identify and confront what drains peace from their lives. Warren explains that the way to respond to these peace-robbers is to learn how to surrender to God’s will and not feel defeated or discouraged when life does not go as planned. True peace of mind is found by having an unshakeable faith in God—knowing that his empowering Spirit will guide his children through life’s challenges.

Beautifully written, The Purpose of Christmas will stir readers to honor the true significance of Christmas and to nurture God’s gifts of love and peace in this world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Warren’ s book does well what it is supposed to do—it gives noncontroversial, unblemished, feel-good holiday cheer to the believer.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Warren aims his book at both new believers and those who have just gotten distracted by life, ‘Because of today’ s pace of life, we quickly forget all the good things God does for us, and we move on to the next challenge.’ The short chapters are ideal for reading in those unanticipated free moments…The closing section is about peace and reconciliation, giving readers a helpful boost into the New Year.” 

    BookPage

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 2/14/2014

    " Extremely positive little book on the miracle of Christmas. Warren, who obviously cares deeply about his readers, focuses on what the incarnation of Jesus means to them more so than what it means in general. He uses some of the same material he covered in The Purpose Driven Life. This is a great book for anyone who has a negative view of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " OUTSTANDING! A must read for everyone! Especially at this time of the year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marina | 1/26/2014

    " A nice book with some inspiration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/5/2014

    " Simply awesome!! The Gospel in a nutshell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwolfe5 | 12/26/2013

    " Mamama gave this to me right before Christmas. It was really good. I never got through his first book. This one seemed more on point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela9600 | 11/22/2013

    " It is obvious the author is not Catholic but there are some good thoughts despite the "saved" stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Bowman | 11/21/2013

    " Reminds us of why we celebrate Christmas. Something I will reread every year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benita | 10/15/2013

    " Great little reminder of the true spirit of Christmas. A book to read every year "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 6/13/2013

    " We used this through advent as a family devotional and thought it was a very good fit for us. We grew & remembered how much we have because of God & how much God is for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/1/2013

    " I cannot say enough good things about this book. Talk about finding the true meaning of Christmas - this book clearly spelled it out. The authors words were simple but powerful. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danita | 9/6/2012

    " this book does not tell you anything you do not already know but it helps re-enforce it. Nice book to read anytime time of the year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/13/2012

    " Good Christmas-time reading, with a strong salvation message. Very similar, yet briefer points to Warren's Purpose Driven Life, which I highly recommend (it goes into much more detail). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/2/2012

    " Stopped about halfway through what is a perfectly decent book on Christmas & the meaning of Christ's birth - but it feels too much like The Purpose-Driven Life to engage me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 6/9/2012

    " Hard to get thru. Much more evangelical than I anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/12/2012

    " This is a book that needs to be read several times. So much to think about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/19/2011

    " I found this book on our shelves while looking for something else. A simple little book, easy to read with maybe nothing earth shattering or new in it but just good reminders especially during the Christmas season. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nmiller | 8/7/2011

    " Fast inspiratinal read that reminds you of the true meaning of christmas "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/21/2011

    " I read this book iness than an hour. excellent read for any time of year, but particularly during the Christmas season. Spoke to me in many ways as a beliver in Jesus Christ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Wasilewski | 4/10/2011

    " Great Writer. Great book. Puts your spiritual life in simple terms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/18/2011

    " Perfect book for the family to read in preparation for Christmas to remind us the TRUE meaning of the season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/16/2011

    " Great book to read and give as a gift! One I will re-read every Christmas! Reminder of the real meaning of Christmas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edb | 12/27/2010

    " An interesting, factual look at the real purpose of Christmas and how it should impact us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/20/2010

    " Reminds us of why we celebrate Christmas. Something I will reread every year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/30/2010

    " Stopped about halfway through what is a perfectly decent book on Christmas & the meaning of Christ's birth - but it feels too much like The Purpose-Driven Life to engage me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/13/2010

    " Great Writer. Great book. Puts your spiritual life in simple terms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 6/3/2010

    " Good book...another one I preached a series on at The Anchor Fellowship! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 4/12/2010

    " Not a bad book. Would have probably enjoyed it more if I read it during the holiday season! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/31/2009

    " I cannot say enough good things about this book. Talk about finding the true meaning of Christmas - this book clearly spelled it out. The authors words were simple but powerful. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/29/2009

    " Great reminder of what it means to be a Christian during Christmas. "

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About the Author
Author Rick Warren

Richard Duane “Rick” Warren is an American evangelical Christian pastor, author, and philanthropist. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California. He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life.