|Publication Date: 20 Oct 2016|
|Page Count: 112|
|Author: William Philip|
|ISBN-13: 9781783594474, 9781783594528|
Songs for a Saviour's Birth
Look no further.
In this sure-footed, yet conversational and down-to-earth, little volume, William Philip looks at the ‘songs’ of key characters in the Christmas story:
Elizabeth (joy for the hearers) Mary (joy for the humble) Zechariah (joy for the helpless) The Shepherds (joy for the heavens) Simeon and Anna (joy for the hopeful)
This is a book to engage heart and head, as it moves between key passages from Luke’s Gospel, from the song of the heavily pregnant to the song of a humble peasant, from the song of the helpless priest to the song of the heavenly proclaimers, and finally to the song of the hopeful ‘pensioners’.
The author concludes, ‘Countless people throughout the centuries have… joined the chorus of praise and proclamation, singing the song of the Saviour with Simeon and Anna, Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and all the host of heaven. My hope is that your voice is already part of that wonderful refrain. But if not, then my prayer is that this Christmas is the time to do what these others have done and embrace the Saviour for yourself.
An inspiring and informative book, but also with a practical feel to it.' Clare Hendry
William Philip, the cardiologist (or physician) who became a pastor, has written a book to make our hearts sing. He knows that Christmas is a time for music. It's a time when right across the nation people love to sing and here are 5 songs from Dr Luke's Gospel, that are in our Christmas DNA, but often we haven't pondered what we're singing. So why do we sing? Well, God is at work. John the Baptist is leaping for joy in his mother's womb. Can you believe it? An unborn child is expressing emotion. An old woman is having a baby. A virgin is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. I mean, what else can you do but sing!
Furthermore, a dumbstruck old priest realises God is doing something extraordinary in his own life and lifetime, so Zechariah sings of a visitation from on high and a new dawn for the whole universe, and this means that with the birth of Jesus, a mass choir of angels break into song.
But Dr Philip also shows us that these songs from the Christmas hit parade are not a fantasy. He explains the truths at their heart. I'm so thankful for this fresh angle on the Christmas story. It has something striking for preachers, congregations and visitors alike.