A Stranger in the World

To many, Jesus’ birth seems that alien, that inexplicable, and that ridiculous. The story of Immanuel (God -With-Us) is so insane that it might as well be added in the madness of the holiday season. A nativity scene nestled between Elf on a Shelf and a pink glitter reindeer—it just seems to make sense.

The Choice Mary Made

Did Mary have a choice?  It’s a question we were batting around at Bible study last night as we discussed chapters 3-4 of Liz Curtis Higgs latest book, The Women of Christmas.  One of the ladies in my study—an older lady from England—passionately stated, “We are discussing this as though Mary had a choice.  TheContinue reading “The Choice Mary Made”

Music Review:: Once A Year by Poema

Christmas is still weeks away and I’m trapped inside on a dreary December day.  Fortunately, I have Poema’s Christmas EP entitled “Once a Year” to keep my spirits high.  A pleasant little listen with five songs—two classics, two originals, and one other—sisters Shealeen and Elle’s album is a pretty little package. I especially like Poema’sContinue reading “Music Review:: Once A Year by Poema”

UnWrapping Christmas with musician Josh Wilson

Musician extraordinaire Josh Wilson is a faithful friend.  Despite the fact he’s already participated in UnWrapping Christmas twice, he’s willing to go another round with Backseat Writer.  Fortunately, being the creative genius that he is, Josh provides fresh and insightful answers each and every year. Exciting things are on horizon as Josh’s new album isContinue reading “UnWrapping Christmas with musician Josh Wilson”

Our Journey to Rehab

Today was one of those days where I didn’t expect anything too great or anything too bad to happen.  Since Christmas is only a week away, I’ve been working heartily on preparations for the big day.  That was until I called my friend, and I could there was a quiver in her voice.  I askedContinue reading “Our Journey to Rehab”

Recycling Christmas:: 12 Days of Toto in Africa

I like to recycle, and as such, I’m posting another cheery video from last year, again this year to make you smile.  You should be allowed to see some cute guys singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” for more than just one year, right?   If you take notice, there are 12 guys singing–one forContinue reading “Recycling Christmas:: 12 Days of Toto in Africa”

Review:: Ring The Bells – Travis Cottrell

By Clay W. Ginn – Rich with orchestral sounds, Travis Cottrell’s Christmas album Ring The Bells majestically introduces the sounds of the season. Combining Christmas standards with three original songs, Cottrell puts together a mix of musical stylings. Creativity:: 6 – The varying styles of music really add depth to this album. The best exampleContinue reading “Review:: Ring The Bells – Travis Cottrell”

Review:: Peace on Earth – Casting Crowns

By Clay W. Ginn From the haunting piano opening of “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” to the stirring string arrangement which closes “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, Casting Crowns has created a beautiful Christmas album well worth a listen. Creativity:: 7 – There is not a single original song on Peace on Earth.Continue reading “Review:: Peace on Earth – Casting Crowns”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Because we love Christmas, Backseat Writer is celebrating the season all month long.  Not only are we decking our sidebars, but we’re introducing special coverage from November 28 through January 2. Starting on Black Friday, we’re kicking off 12 Days of Christmas Music Reviews. Nothing but solid reviews of new albums by Casting Crowns, ShaneContinue reading “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”

Only the Lonely Give Thanks Alone

The holidays are fast approaching, and I always anticipate them with a sense of dread–because I hate the day after Christmas.  There’s all this excitement in the air and then it’s over.  I hate that “over” feeling.  It sucks the life right out of me.  But this year, I’m not looking forward to the holidaysContinue reading “Only the Lonely Give Thanks Alone”