515ehem1hel-_sx322_bo1204203200_The Redemption of Scrooge, Matt Rawle, Abingdon Press, 2016.

There are a few things that are a must at Christmastime. The tree with treasured ornaments. The rich aromas of holiday cooking. The time spent revisiting old memories.

For me, Christmas is not complete without watching Christmas movies. At our house, it’s A Christmas Story, Elf, and Christmas Vacation. And some version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. (My favorite is still the Mickey Mouse version.) Dickens’ Carol has captured readers for centuries. His story has been retold on stage, in film and television. Quite possibly because the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is timeless.

In his new book The Redemption of Scrooge, pastor and author Matt Rawle walks readers through this timeless tale to explore sin, grace, and redemption. Rawle, as he did with To Kill a Mockingbird and Doctor Who, gleans theological and prophetic truth from a cultural classic. Rawle is a master at weaving the stories of our culture with the teachings of Jesus.

The Redemption of Scrooge sets out to answer the question, “Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge?” It is hard not to put yourself in Scrooge’s slippers. When have been grouchy? When have we walked (or drove) past a homeless person without offering any help? When have we uttered “Bah! Humbug!” or some equivalent?  I’m guessing you, like myself, have at some point or another.

Rawle leaves no stone untouched. He dives deep into Scrooge’s world, revealing the darkness, the sadness, and all the greediness. In the process, he reveals the dire need in humanity – you and me alike – for a second chance.

Is redemption possible for you and me?

As we enter the Advent season, Rawle’s Scrooge is a great devotional for personal use or Bible study for a small group. In addition to the book, there is a DVD for small groups, a Youth Study Guide, and a  Worship Resource flash drive. The DVD was filmed at the historic Belmont Mansion in Nashville and brings to live an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.