It is my great pleasure to announce the newest book release from the Rabbit Room Press: Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative. Russ Ramsey has been a vital part of the Rabbit Room community since the beginning, and for much of that time he’s been quietly and diligently working on this book. I first read part of it a year or two ago and thought, “Wow, this could be really great.” He was telling the old, old story in a fresh new way and in a style that was uniquely his own. He was writing a book that I wished I’d read when I was twenty when I desperately needed someone to show me the vast interconnectedness of the biblical narrative in way that was epic and dramatic instead of preachy and didactic. In short, Russ was doing in prose what Andrew had done in music with his Behold the Lamb of God album.
Russ finished the book this year and I’m confident that the rest of his work has delivered on the promise of those early pages. Like Andrew’s album, it’s not the sort of thing that only merits being pulled out once a year for the season at hand. It’s the Christmas story, yes, but more importantly, it’s a good story and well told. Here are twenty-five chapters, one to read each day from December 1st until Christmas day (if you wish), each revealing a new facet of the greatest story ever told. From the Garden, to ancient Egypt, to Davidic Jerusalem, to the breaking of the kingdom, and ultimately to the streets of tiny Bethlehem, Russ does for us all what Sally Lloyd-Jones has done so well for children: He magnifies the presence of Christ found in every beat of the biblical story and reminds us that, Hallelujah, the stories are true.
Congratulations, Russ. I’m proud of you. And I’m proud to have been a part of making this book a reality.
Printed in hardcover, with a foreword by Andrew Peterson, Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative by Russ Ramsey begins shipping on November 22nd. Pre-orders are now open. I can’t wait for you guys to read it.