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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 thJourney 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 HybelsSenior pastor, Willow Creek Community ChurchChairman of Board, Willow Creek Association...

Title : The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem
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Number of Pages : 137 Pages
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The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem Reviews

  • Scott
    2018-10-29 08:07

    Although a relatively brief book, Pastor Hamilton does an excellent job investigating, debunking / confirming, and explaining various components in the well-known story of Christ's birth. Some of the details really were thought-provoking, and his humor (the 'Silent Night' birth discussion) was on-target as well.

  • Wanda
    2018-10-26 09:57

    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 Christ 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

  • Sally Lindsay-briggs
    2018-10-26 16:08

    This was a free book that was left, at the end of a garage sale. I almost gave this away but someone said "You need to keep this and read it." So very happy that i took her advice!The author has traveled to the Holy Land and used that as the background for the often told Bible story. It offered many insights, much to ponder (like Mary did) and it inspired me to be ready for the our wonderful Christmas season in a more significant way. I intend to use this book review and expand on it for our December church newsletter. Truly, a book of many devotions and history that will give you hope. It can be perused very quickly.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-19 08:07

    Good ol' Adam Hamilton. He just doesn't stop producing solid, accessible, meaningful studies. This one helped my class and me to learn about some of the historical facts of Jesus' birth, as well as the implications for our faith today. He really hits hard the point that God chose poverty, a tiny town instead of a metropolis, a humble family. Which we all need to be reminded of every so often.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-07 15:04

    I rather enjoyed this book. True, there is so,ex speculation involved, but it seems reasonable to me and I actually liked some of the parallels the author drew between what Mary and Joseph might have been going through to weathering your own hardship. And he always drew it back to scripture.

  • Leah
    2018-10-23 09:02

    With particular emphasis on cultural and geographical details that we typically don't get in the Nativity Narrative, United Methodist Pastor Adam Hamilton, who researched and lived this book in the Holy Land, walks his readers through the Christmas texts in Matthew's and Luke's gospels; he doesn't shortchange us on Hebrew Bible background and antecedents either!In five chapters―Mary of Nazareth, Joseph of Bethlehem, Mary's Visit to Elizabeth, From Nazareth to Bethlehem, and The Manger―the author writes about central and more peripheral actors in the story of Jesus of Nazareth's birth. The Journey is full of interesting information about population size of each town, distances from one place to another, social classes and occupations of the residents, religious practices, material and construction of buildings.A few highlights for me were in chapter 4, "From Nazareth to Bethlehem," as it explored which route Joseph and Mary likely took on their way to the place of Jesus' birth, with the author's conclusion it probably was the one that led to their tracing the geographical path of salvation history to that point. The same chapter has a diagram of the house with attached stable where Mary gave birth, and carefully explains it all. Mary had a midwife? Of course, though I'd never thought through that fact! Also, in chapter 2, "Joseph of Bethlehem," he offers details regarding the "messianic" Isaiah 7 text, information I knew in outline, but was happy to learn more about.The Journey is more devotional and practical than formally theological, and at many points along the way, Hamilton lists real-life examples, suggests parallel situations in our own lives, and offers ideas of how each of us can incarnate the presence of Jesus Christ in our own worlds. It's also well-written, without the kind of stylistic annoyances that make a reader cringe. As a reviewer I received only the hardbound book, but you might want to check out the five (so far) collateral pieces that include a Kindle edition, DVD with Leader Guide, A Season of Reflections, Children's Study version, and one for Youth Study.

  • Deanna
    2018-10-28 15:17

    This really is a fabulous book to read while preparing to celebrate Christmas; I was enlightened. The page count and format tuck nicely into the busyness of the season; easily read during quiet time - the key for me was to start this book at the beginning of the Advent season in order to slowly and purposefully make my way through The Journey. For those who are more scholarly than I, or more aware of the details of the times when Christ was born may not gain any new insights through reading this book, but for me, I enjoyed it and gained new information and paused to think about things that never entered my mind before.Bottom Line: An excellent and interesting book to read during the Advent season, and also one that I believe would be great to read at any point during the year. For me, I plan on re-reading this book next season. I think, the annual reading of this book, or one very similar, combined with the viewing of The Nativity Story would make a good pairing for preparing my mind, and heart for the celebrations of Christ's birth; an amazing gift from God.For more of my thoughts on this book; lPolishing Mud Balls

  • David Orphal
    2018-11-14 07:58

    I would imagine that even non-Christian Americans who grew up with the songs and stories of the manger in Bethlehem might enjoy how this book takes a more realistic look at the Christmas story. In Hamilton's words, it was definitely NOT a silent night!Hamilton examines elements that were very new for me. For example, I never really dug deeply into what Mary was risking in saying "Yes" to God. She risked being killed for being unfaithful to Joseph, her betrothed. I never imagined before reading about it here, how Joseph must have felt when he heard for the first time that his fiancée was pregnant and he was not the father. My Bible study class is watching the companion video as a part of the Advent season. I really enjoyed going deeper than the video with this book. I find I am learning along three themes:1. What was the journey to Bethlehem was like for the real human people involved2. What this story teaches me about the future ministry of Jesus, and3. What this story teaches me about my relationship with God.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-06 08:15

    We used this book during Advent this year as a Bible study. I was only able to attend one of the sessions so I read it on my own. In the book we read the typical Bible verses about the story of Jesus' birth but Mr. Hamilton also includes current day stories that make you reflect on how these verses affect your life now. I found it to be a very moving and thought provoking book. There are not many books that I would pick up and read again because I have so many on my "to read" list that I haven't gotten to yet but this is certainly one that I would go back and reread in parts or the entire book.

  • Jeff Bobin
    2018-11-05 16:18

    This will make you reflect on the story of the Christmas and maybe challenge some of the traditions and assumptions you have made a part of the story. There is a lot of good information here that can be used with the video for good discussion in a small group. Some of what is presented as fact is really the authors opinion so some care must be taken. I recommend this for small group or supplemental study of the Christmas story.

  • Evelyn
    2018-10-20 15:17

    We read this book for my church's Sunday school class. Hamilton explores events in the birth narrative that many of us take for granted. He challenges us to look at them with new eyes considering their historical context. A DVD included with the study helped us to visualize the actual places in the Holy Land where events are said to have occurred. Having a visual is very helpful. Hamilton does take some liberties with the stories and makes assumptions that may or may not be true. I wish he had been more up front with these assumptions. Overall the study produced good conversation and was helpful in exploring the birth of Jesus.

  • Michael Owen
    2018-11-11 15:57

    This is the first book I’ve read by Adam Hamilton. Our church used it as a small group resource for Advent. I found the book to be well written and clear, well researched, and together with the accompanying video provided an enriching Advent series for me personally as well as our small group.

  • Ron Lazenby
    2018-11-04 13:57

    Interesting and rewarding readI can't say that I agree with everything presented, but it certainly makes one think... a very spiritually rewarding read.

  • Dawne
    2018-10-21 09:01

    This was a great, short read to journey through Advent. I will use some of it for my Prayer Guide for my Advent service next year.

  • Janet
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  • Elaine Dowling
    2018-10-24 15:06

    I would have enjoyed this book if it had been a first century travelogue of the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, or if it had been a well researched what might things have been like for Joseph and Mary, what do we know, not know and what are the likely guesses, or I would have enjoyed a let me tell you what I suppose about the Christmas story. Instead this book was none of the above. Well, it was kind of the last option. It really is the author's supposition of things, but he wants you to think that it is well researched, logically deduced fact that eliminates most if not all other options -- only, it isn't. It is probably better if used with the accompanying video. I am guessing that the book's real strength lies in the author's travels throughout the region, but that is really just hinted at in the book.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-13 10:02

    I don't really read that many religious books besides The Bible, my book of saints sporadically, and whatever my Bible study is reading (if anything), but this book caught my attention when I was at Berean. I'm really glad I read it as it is very well-written. Mr. Hamilton describes in detail what life would have been like for Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, etc. and points out some significant aspects of the story that I'd never really contemplated. I also really liked the lessons we can learn from the tale of Jesus' birth besides the basic things that you learn in Sunday School. I've always loved the Nativity story and I feel like I have a very clear picture now of what it would have looked like and understand the historical context better.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-21 15:50

    While I commend Adam Hamilton on his thorough research and vivid descriptions of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I didn't necessarily find this book to offer any new historic and cultural viewpoints of the people and scripturally-based events in the days prior to Christ's birth. Knowing that his current church, The Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, KS, does have a remarkable way of inviting huge masses to Candle Light Christmas Eve services, the details of the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem would inspire some through Hamilton's sermon series which was the basis of compiling this book.

  • Steve Campbell
    2018-11-08 09:53

    This book provides some insightful and moving reflections on the Christmas story. The only thing I have against it is a relatively minor one. I read this along with Hamilton's companion book . A significant amount of the companion book is repeated in this book of reflections, with some alteration in wording. At the end of each chapter in the companion book Hamilton includes an entire reflection from this book, which means that there is some overlap. I believe there is enough original material in each book to justify reading both of them together during the Advent season.

  • Matthew
    2018-10-24 09:01

    My church is going through this book/video series for our Advent season this year. Adam Hamilton has done a great job at presenting his love for the subject, his well done research, and the discoveries he made during his own travels through the region. And sure, there are a couple details in the book that our sermons will challenge a little bit (by asking additional questions), but overall it's a great springboard into re-discovering the real story of Christmas. I think this book will help many to challenge their preconceptions, and it certainly invites all readers to consider the significance of this one magnificent birth.

  • Robin
    2018-11-16 13:58

    I read this over the advent season as part of a Bible study group and loved it! I learned so much about the culture and community of the time of the birth of Christ that gave me an understanding and appreciation I would probably never have had otherwise. The Journey both helped me focus on the true meaning of Christmas this year and also provided me with a deeper appreciation of Jesus's birth. My worship at Christmas and throughout the year has become more personal, fulfilling, and meaningful as a result of reading this book.

  • Gail Longton Harper
    2018-11-06 12:01

    Hamilton talked about what we know is true about the birth of Jesus and what we don't know. I would have very much liked to have learned how he came to his assumptions. Because of this, I felt that "The Journey" lacked the impact that "24 Hours" had. Dispite this complaint, there were some wonderful, thought provoking, concepts presented. My favorite was when he asked readers to consider who their Elizabeths are. This was especially poignant as I am currently visiting an older, wiser and calmer faith-filled friend in the hospital.

  • Pathway Midland
    2018-10-31 13:15

    This is a great advent devotional as you prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. It walks the reader through the Christmas story bit by bit. This book contains 28 readings that can be done in about 5 to 10 minutes. These short devotionals are challenging, but they also explain more about the Christmas story. They are engaging and help the reader focus on the true meaning of the season - the birth of Christ. This might be best read with the author's other work, "The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem" which he references or this devotional can be read alone. - Curtis

  • Brandon
    2018-11-15 12:02

    I was surprisingly refreshed by this one. Hamilton presents great reflections for the story of Jesus' birth. I loved that he used insights from his tour of the Holy Land. The geographical and NT background references brought a depth that I didn't see before in the story. The chapter about Mary's visit to Elizabeth was strong and very meaningful. If you are a looking for something new and different to take you through the season of Advent I would recommend this book.

  • Mark Lacy
    2018-11-08 10:07

    What I liked most about how the author handled this story was the way he took what we already know and went deeper. What must it have been like, for example, for Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem? What was their likely route, given not only the geography, but also the relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans, since the shortest route for Joseph and Mary would've been through Samaria? A nice read before Christmas, and a good book for a small group (as we did it).

  • Tom
    2018-11-01 15:07

    Christmas adult study 2011. Puts a whole different perspective on Mary and her trip to Bethlehem. The study also had author video segments which showed scenes of the route and hardships Mary went through just to make it to the stable where Jesus was born. Short, simple, but deep. A wonderful story to read anytime of the year!

  • Lindsay Lock
    2018-11-01 09:57

    Fantastic examination of Christ's birth. He goes through each point of view to the Christmas story: Joseph's, Mary's, the shepherds, and the magi's. This would make a great guide to take with you for suggestions if going to the Holy Land [because it talks about where certain events were mostly likely to have occurred.]

  • Jan Mcleod
    2018-10-16 07:56

    This book and its writer are amazing! Hamilton explains the birth of Jesus in a fresh way with insight gleaned from history, Bible scholars, archeology, and personal reflections after walking the Holy land several times.This is a MUST for any christian who wants a deeper understanding of the birth of Jesus and its significance.

  • Leslie Godfrey
    2018-10-28 15:54

    This book paints a different and truer picture of the road that Mary and Joseph traveled during the birth of Christ. Very interesting and thought provoking. Absolutely a different perspective on a much loved Christmas story.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-01 13:04

    I felt the book had far too many suppositions and assumptions in it. Trying to get into the minds of the Mary and Joseph just left me flat. His take on angels also left me feeling uninspired. This book just did not do it for me.