The Cross-Centered Christmas: An Interview with Ann Voskamp

Authors on the Line

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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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at

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Ann Voskamp is the principal writer on the blog she founded called “A Holy Experience” and is the author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are and The Greatest Gift.

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