Keeping the Cross At the Center of Christmas

Keeping the Cross At the Center of Christmas

Ann Voskamp is the wife of a farmer, the busy mom of six kids, and a bestselling author. Throughout the year, Voskamp’s writings are a reminder that kindling thankfulness leads us to fellowship with God. During the holidays, Voskamp’s writings are a reminder that celebrating the birth of Christ points us to remember the death of our Savior.

On this special Christmas edition of Authors on the Line, we talk with Ann Voskamp about how she keeps the cross central in her home during the holidays. She says, "If there is no cross in my Christmas, then my Christmas has lost Christ; and what is the manger if not for the Messiah, the one who saves us with scars?"

“If my life isn’t cross-centered, my life is off-centered, and warping spin can lead me right sick,” she says in light of the busyness of the Christmas season. “My life needs central faith force and the centrality of the cross is the force that holds together my universe.”

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The Cross-Centered Christmas: An Interview with Ann Voskamp (23 minutes)


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Tony Reinke (@tonyreinke) is a content strategist at Desiring God, blogger, the author of Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011) and John Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and hosts the Ask Pastor John and Authors on the Line podcasts. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Karalee, and their three children.