The Real Story of Christmas

  • by W. Cleon Skousen
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • 0 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Has the meaning of Christmas has been lost? How do you bring the true meaning of the holiday back to the season? If you want less focus on presents and more on Christian values, make sure your family has a copy of this book for your Christmas season.
In an era when Christmas is often portrayed as little more than a celebration of consumerism, many Christians are searching for a way to offer a deeper appreciation of the holiday to their children and family. New York Times Best Selling Author W. Cleon Skousen's The Real Story of Christmas reconnects the reader with what Christmas is supposed to be about: peace, goodwill, and the story of Jesus Christ. Skousen breathes new life into the Nativity story, with ample political and historical context. This book lets you meet the people who knew Jesus during his time on earth. Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna, and the three wise men, are brought to life with details of how they learned of the Savior's coming, and their search for the Child Christ.
Dr.Skousen describes in vivid detail the profound experiences these people had when their faith led them to recognize Christ for who He really was, and how we can find the real spirit of Christmas by seeking Christ, and practicing peace and goodwill.
Elizabeth W. Roach, reviewing for the Association of Mormon Letters, showered the book with praise, noting that "Dr. Skousen's 'The Real Story of Christmas' reads like it springs from a father wanting his family to know about what matters most."
The book also includes Luke 2, the original biblical account of Jesus's birth and parts of His childhood.
The Real Story of Christmas is a quick read, separated into sections: the perfect book for a few cozy nights of bringing your family closer to Christ--and to each other--during Christmastime.

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The Christmas Spirit

Would you consider the audio edition of The Real Story of Christmas to be better than the print version?

Mark Deakins does such a great job in narrating this book. It has been a tradition to read this book every Christmas Eve and Mark has a flawless performance.


What did you like best about this story?

I love the history the book gives about Christmas.


Which scene was your favorite?

It has to be the end of the book.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The Real Story of Christmas puts me in the Christmas spirit ever year. I love this book and I am so thankful it is available as an audiobook.


Any additional comments?

The Real Story of Christmas is the best Christmas book out there. I highly suggest getting this one.

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- Mr. Mitt

Best Rendition Ever: Scriptural History Clarified

Would you listen to The Real Story of Christmas again? Why?

The historical and geographical setting to the birth of Jesus, lightly tying Old Testament and New Testament connections as one, suddenly comes together in a moving, tender fashion making this a story to hear over and over. The details that typically go missing when this story is told are included here without the corruption of the traditional embellishments that Christians of later years have heaped upon this simple story. The specifics are laid out in understandable order, and with meaning. There was so much information in pleasantly flowing story-telling form, it was easy to listen to it, and would be easy to play again multiple times during the Christmas and Easter season. I loved it, the whole Christmas story now has a simple and beautiful authority and reality I didn't realize existed.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Surprisingly, my heart goes out to Joseph, that stalwart husband of Mary's whose faith carried him through the disappointing discovery that his beloved was expecting, and not by him, and how he came to understand the truth, and stood by her side through this important and sacred event of the birth of Jesus. His labors to find a place for Mary's child delivery in a crowded city, the pressure he must have felt. He is such a good person whose part in this I had never really appreciated, and for whom I now have such respect.


What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

Mr. Deakins did a masterful job. I'm a fan of Deakins and have enjoyed several of his books. He moves this story along with feeling, proper emphasis, beautiful cadence and pronunciation, and easy listening. He has the gift of transporting the listener to another time and place, and keeping me there for the duration, and wanting to go back for more.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the massacre of the innocents in Herod's attempt to kill the newborn king caught me by surprise. All of those mothers in Bethlehem suffering the slaughter of their own newborn sons, what terrible agony, what cruelty, what terror, and what an evil man Herod was, what horror he inflicted on these little babies and their mothers. I was also moved by the wrapping up of the real purpose of the life of Jesus, that he was born to bear the sins and woes of a fallen world. Beautifully written, beautifully narrated. I would share it with all of my friends and acquaintances, it brightened my day, gave encouragement for the trials of life, thank you Mr. Skousen for this wonderful experience.


Any additional comments?

I liked the background information that explained things such as who the wise men from the east were, Herod's reasons for concern, the business of taxation that overflowed the villages at the time of Jesus's birth, why Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt and why they felt it was safe to come back. And, for me December never seemed to fit the scripture story of when Jesus was born, and I really liked how Skousen clarifies that, showing that the scripture makes it more of a spring-time event when shepherds are on the lookout for hungry predators preying on the flocks just as the spring-time green grasses are just starting to show.

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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2014
  • Publisher: Izzard Ink