A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Christmas

by Steven Estes

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Know someone frazzled, sad, or lonely this Christmas? A Better December by Steve Estes applies Solomon’s Proverbs to holiday stresses. Playful and tiny, this illustrated work would be a good gift for your unbelieving friends as it gently introduces Jesus during a month when they are more receptive.  

Combining true, heart-warming stories with pen-and-ink illustrations, the book uncovers and answers our December longings. Beginning with bite-sized chapters of Solomon's advice to frazzled, lonely people at Christmas, Steven Estes presents the ancient sage as penning his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers through holiday stress and even sadness. Meant to be shared with all who long for a better December, it points the way to true comfort and a true home.

Author

Steven D. Estes, MDiv, is the Senior Pastor at Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson, PA; a conference speaker; the author of Called to Die; and the coauthor with Joni Eareckson Tada of A Step Further and When God Weeps. He and his wife Verna have eight children. 

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Know someone frazzled, sad, or lonely this Christmas? A Better December by Steve Estes applies Solomon’s Proverbs to holiday stresses. Playful and tiny, this illustrated work would be a good gift for your unbelieving friends as it gently introduces Jesus during a month when they are more receptive.  

Combining true, heart-warming stories with pen-and-ink illustrations, the book uncovers and answers our December longings. Beginning with bite-sized chapters of Solomon's advice to frazzled, lonely people at Christmas, Steven Estes presents the ancient sage as penning his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers through holiday stress and even sadness. Meant to be shared with all who long for a better December, it points the way to true comfort and a true home.

Author

Steven D. Estes, MDiv, is the Senior Pastor at Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson, PA; a conference speaker; the author of Called to Die; and the coauthor with Joni Eareckson Tada of A Step Further and When God Weeps. He and his wife Verna have eight children. 

Endorsements

"I've found it! The perfect gift for special friends at the season of the year that's so full of delights and stresses. This unique little gem of a book seems to have managed lightning strikes on every page—surprise lightning strikes of wit and wisdom that wouldn't let me put it down until I'd explored it to the end, an end that came all too soon. Steve, you've done it again—invented a new genre and made it soar."
Robertson McQuilkin, President Emeritus, Columbia International University

"In a uniquely original style, Steve seamlessly merges poetry, narration, and Scripture, with strikingly creative phrasing. A master of prose, poetry, and the Bible, Steve has written a little book that bends and blends genres. A Better December is a winning combo of insightful content about how to 'do life' (Steve's phrase) and innovative style. We enjoyed this little book so much that when we finished it, we immediately reread it—for its profound biblical tracing from Solomon to Someone, for its emphatic message about 'unstuffing' life, and for its fresh use of language and memorable style."
Don and Jenny Killgallon, coauthors of the Sentence-Composing textbook series. Don teaches writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"In listening and in reading I respond to brevity, clarity, conviction, common sense and love. That describes both the Proverbs of Solomon and my friend Steve Estes's A Better December. In this little book Steve applies his heart to blending Proverbs with Christmas and delivers a strong dose of longing and joy."
Max McLean, President & Artistic Director, Fellowship for the Performing Arts

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best book

This books was vey unique, amazing writing, very inspiring with also had an insightful content about how to do life and innovative style with gives an arresting twist on our modern Decembers go extremely enthusiastic differently from Christmas yesteryear before. If you discover to this book you will find more a genuine guide to the purposeful and peaceful holiday we all long for with Proverbs that will give you a Christmas read from this book too. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from I read with Audra for this review”.
Posted by summer on 17th Jan 2019

great book

A BETTER
DECEMBER
9781936768677 Religion / Christian Inspiration
PROVERBS TO BRIGHTEN CHRISTMAS
STEVEN ESTES
ILLUSTRATED BY SARAH BLAND-HALULKO
FORWAREWORD BY JONI EARECKSON TADA
This books was vey unique, amazing writing, very inspiring with also had an insightful content about how to do life and innovative style with gives an arresting twist on our modern Decembers go extremely enthusiastic differently from Christmas yesteryear before. If you discover to this book you will find more a genuine guide to the purposeful and peaceful holiday we all long for with Proverbs that will give you a Christmas read from this book too. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from I read with Audra for this review”.
Posted by summer on 16th Jan 2019

I found the book to be just what we need: a reminder that Christmas should be a season of joy and contentment instead one of disappointment.

I couldn't describe this book any better than Paul David Tripp when he says it's "the intersection of ancient biblical wisdom and the dreams, struggles, and disappointments that are part of our Christmas season." 

This book is written in short but thoughtful pieces. While it appears to be a quick read, it causes you to slow down and ponder the true reason behind Christmas. The book also touches on the subject of perfectionism, which rears its ugly head during Christmas. 

The chapter titled "Light" was a comfort to me. The author speaks of the church: what it is and what it should be. Fortunately, I saw the characteristics of my church family as I read this chapter. 

I found the book to be just what we need: a reminder that Christmas should be a season of joy and contentment instead one of disappointment.

Scripture is referenced throughout the book as the author ties it to words that will brighten your Christmas this year. 

Complimentary copy received.
Posted by Tami on 15th Dec 2018

Additional info

SKU: 1025
Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours
Weight: 0.45 LBS
Width: 6.30
Height: 6.30
Depth: 0.35
Author: Steven Estes
ISBN-13: 978-1-936768-67-7
ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-1-936768-60-8
Publication Date: 10/01/2013
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 96
Read a Sample: https://newgrowthpress.com/content/Samples/A-Better-December-Sample.pdf