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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE JOURNEY: Walking the Road to Bethlehem By Adam Hamilton

The Journey by Adam HamiltonPublisher:  Abingdon Press
Release Date:  September 2011
Pages:  137
Genre:  Religion

Book Description:  Journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. As he did with Jesus' crucifixion in24 Hours That Changed the World, Hamilton once again approaches a world-changing event with thoughtfulness. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road.
Read The Journey on your own or, for a more in-depth study, enjoy it with a small group. Also available:
The Journey: A Season of Reflections
The Journey: DVD with Leader Guide
The Journey: Youth Edition
The Journey: Children's Edition
“This book may be the greatest Christmas present of the year. Adam thoughtfully, movingly walks us through what really happened when God touched this planet. The richness of the full story will touch your life as well.”
John Ortberg, author of The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You 
“If you think you know the story of Jesus’ birth, think again!  This wonderful book sets us on a journey to the times and characters of Christmas so that we experience the birth of Christ in our lives in a new way.”
Joel C. Hunter, author of Church Distributed
“Adam is a pastor who has clearly walked in the footsteps of the Master.  This is a timely Christmas gift for a friend no matter where he or she is along ‘the journey.’”
Rich Nathan, coauthor of Empowered Evangelicals 
"Adam Hamilton is one of the finest pastors I know.  In addition, his books have long been favorites of mine.  The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem will soon be a favorite or yours.  Complete with a 28 day devotional and videos filmed in the Holy Land this will add a new depth and joy to your Christmas season."
Bill Hybels
Senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
Chairman of Board, Willow Creek Association
Wanda's Thoughts:  I just completed a Bible study on this very informative book. The journey begins in Nazareth, where Mary learns that she was chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, and continues to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. 

But Bethlehem was not the end of this story. The journey continues from Bethlehem and then on to Calvary. Our lives are full of difficult journeys, but Scripture tells us that God will walk with us on these journeys and bring good from them. And these difficult journeys will never be the end of our story, just as Calvary was not the end of Christ's story.

Beautifully written, this book will certainly enhance the Advent season. 5 stars
Adam Hamilton
About the Author:  Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He grew up in the Kansas City area. He earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people in 1990 to more than 16,000 adult members with an average weekly worship attendance of more than 8,600 in 2011. The church was listed as the most influential mainline church in America in a 2005 survey of American pastors.

Adam has been married 30 years to LaVon. They have two grown daughters.