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Minister finds joy, wisdom in Christmas carols | The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer Features Upper Room Author James Howell:

BY TIM FUNK —With Thanksgiving in our rear-view mirror, we are now officially on the road to Christmas. 

And for many, that means it’s time again to start singing – Christmas carols, that is. 

Hearing and mouthing these holiday hits – “Silent Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and a score of others – are among my earliest and warmest memories. 

But how many of us have actually pondered the words and the special place of these songs of the season? 

The Rev. James Howell has, in a delightful and spiritually enriching new book called Why This Jubilee? At 135 pages, this book by the piano-playing pastor at Charlotte’s Myers Park United Methodist Church is small enough to stuff in a stocking. But it’s filled with more theology, history and inspiration than many books three times its size. 

The writing is graceful and learned: “Carols evoke a sense of home, warmth in the cold, light on even the longest of nights.”

Source: Minister finds joy, wisdom in Christmas carols | The Charlotte Observer

 

Why This Jubilee book and ecourse are both available now from The Upper Room.

Click here to buy the book.

Click here to read more about and register for the online eCourse.

 

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