Christmas Under the Stars ft. Lauren Daigle – Review and Album Giveaway

This holiday season, my family will have to forego a few traditions in the interest of public and family health.

One tradition we won’t have to modify or miss is watching Christmas specials. It starts with “The Parade” on Thanksgiving and extends to numerous Christmas and holiday-themed TV shows.

This year we’re adding, “Christmas Under the Stars” with Lauren Daigle which you too can watch on December 6, 2020, at 9:00p ET | 6:00p PT. Stream FREE on BYUtv or on the BYUtv app.

ENJOY THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS!

When it comes to Lauren Daigle, the only thing more powerful than the voice of this two-time GRAMMY-Award winner and multi-platinum-selling artist is her message. And this year, her first full-length Christmas television special, “Christmas Under The Stars with Lauren Daigle,” airs Sunday, December 6 at 9 p.m. EST on BYUtv.

You’ll hear Lauren’s Christmas memories and the influences of New Orleans Jazz in her renditions of Christmas classics and beloved originals from her Christmas album Behold in this intimate concert experience. So, gather the family, roast some chestnuts (or at least pop some corn), and enjoy “Christmas Under The Stars with Lauren Daigle” on Sunday, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PT on BYUtv. You can also stream the program for free on the BYUtv app anytime after the premiere.

REVIEW

I don’t listen to a lot of Christian music. In fact, I don’t listen to a lot of music at all. I don’t think I can name one of Lauren Daigle’s songs. I’m more of a podcast guy. However, when the Christmas season is upon us, I listen to Christmas music. I don’t care who the performer is as long as it’s traditional Christmas music.

“Christmas Under the Stars” is packed with classic Christmas songs and traditional carols. Additionally, there are songs written by Lauren Daigle including Light of the World and I Will Rescue You. Throughout the special, Daigle shares memories from her life growing up in Louisiana.

I remember growing up watching Christmas specials on TV variety shows. Lauren Daigle’s performance and the sets in “Christmas Under the Stars” takes me back to those days sitting in front of the TV in my living room surrounded by friends and family.

The primary set feels a lot like what you’d see on those old shows and the format evokes a simpler, classier time. There’s not a lot of flash and flare. Lauren Daigle’s performance is front and center and the jazzy style makes you want to sing along.

I enjoyed watching “Christmas Under the Stars” and I think you will too. It’s something you can sit down and watch with your whole family or keep on in the background while wrapping presents or decorating your Christmas tree.

GIVEAWAY

Win this album!

As part of the promotion for this Christmas special, I’m hosting a giveaway. You could win a copy of Lauren Daigle’s Christmas album that includes the following songs:

1. Jingle Bells
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3. What Child Is This
4. White Christmas
5. O Come All Ye Faithful
6. Light of the World
7. Christmas Time Is Here
8. O Holy Night
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. Silent Night
11. Winter Wonderland
12. Away in a Manger
13. O Come O Come Emmanuel

For your chance to win Lauren Daigle’s Christmas album Behold: A Christmas Collection all you need to do is comment below with your favorite Christmas carol.

I will randomly choose a winner after December 3, 2020. Please make sure you use an actual email address when you comment so I can contact you.

Disclosure: I received early access to this program in exchange for my honest review. In addition, I will receive a copy of the album being given away. I was not compensated financially for my participation in this campaign.

You Can Finally Embed Apple Podcasts on Your Website

After 15 years of providing people with podcasts to listen to, Apple has finally created an embeddable player. Here’s how to install it and what you can expect to see.

After 15 years of providing people with podcasts to listen to, Apple has finally created an embeddable player. Here’s how to install it and what you can expect to see.

Here’s what an embed looks like for your podcast:

Here’s what an embed looks like for an individual episode:

What do you think? Is this something you’ll use on your website or is it too little, too late?

CSB Holy Land Bible Review and Giveaway

First Impressions

The first thing I noticed about this Bible was its weight. It’s a chunky book. I don’t think you’ll be holding this in one hand for long while you read it.

The pages are very white, turn easily, and the text is nice and black.

Flipping through the Bible, I found the color pictures to be vibrant and the layout easy figure out without reading the “features” section in the beginning.

About

From the publisher:

The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible is a visually immersive Bible reading experience featuring over 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations to provide greater insight and understanding of the people, places, and events of scripture. Book-specific introductions provide the setting and circumstances of writing for each book, and every image includes a descriptive caption to help better understand what is pictured.

Features include:

  • 1,200+ images, maps, and illustrations
  • 275 full-length commentary articles
  • 40+ “Digging Deeper” call-outs
  • Two-column text
  • 9.5-point type
  • Easy to read, black-letter text
  • Footnotes
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Concordance
  • Size: 7″ wide, 9-3/8″ tall, 2-1/4″ thick when closed
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 13.4 oz.

Review

This is a high-quality Bible for people interested in exploring the settings, cultures, and context of the scriptures.

It’s not really designed as a Bible you’ll read every day. It’s something you pull out when you want to understand more about a passage you’re reading.

The pages are nice and white which helps the 9.5 font jump off the page. I’d prefer a little larger font but I don’t have to strain to read this Bible.

The articles and “digging deep” sections are well-written and provide additional depth to the passages you’re reading.

The color illustrations and photos are vibrant and help people who are visual learners.

I did find that some passages were interrupted abruptly by the articles and other features but it’s not enough to cause too much of a distraction.

Overall, I think people who are looking for a study Bible that they can reference when studying passages with historical context will like the Holy Land Illustrated Bible.

Giveaway

Enter the giveaway below by Nov. 30, 2020 for a chance to receive a free copy of the CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible.

Holy Land Illustrated Bible Giveaway

Urban Apologetics with Minister Christopher Perkins

Minister Christopher Perkins is an associate pastor at Redeemed Christian Center in Jackson, TN. I first met Minister Perkins through the Christian Podcasters Association.

I recently heard him discussing urban apologetics on his podcast and wanted to have a conversation with him about it from the perspective of someone who lives in white, suburban America.

I hope you enjoy this conversation and it spurs you to have similar conversations with Christians who don’t share the same background and experience as yours.

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