The lives of twelve different ordinary people are forever changed when they embark on their own unique pathway to the true meaning of Christmas. Through stories the author describes as “some autobiographical, some reflections of others I have known, and some made up to make a point,” you will find your own unique pathways to the meaning of Christmas in the brief encounters you have with these characters.
Andy Wood combines his many years as a pastor with his experience in working with people from all walks of life to help you discover why God invaded history in the person of a helpless baby in Bethlehem. Just as the first Christmas was experienced by real, excited, hurting, stressed-out, frightened, faith-filled people, so is yours. But those life circumstances – good or bad – can be pathways to breathtaking joy as you discover how greatly loved and desired you are.
Whether as an author, professor, church leader, consultant, evangelist, or seminar leader, Andy Wood has pursued a philosophy he refers to as M.A.D.I.S.E.L.- Make a Difference in Someone Else’s Life! A passionate teacher and communicator, an annoying photographer and a pathetic University of Alabama football fan, Andy is the Instructional Director of the Master’s in Leadership Program at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas.
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Andy holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Religion and History from the University of Mobile. He has 32 years of church ministry experience and ten years’ experience as a university professor at both an undergraduate and graduate level.
Along with his wife Robin, Andy is also the Managing Partner of The LifeVesting Group, offering professional counseling, coaching, consulting, and communication services. Andy has ghostwritten two published books, and has published on both academic and professional levels in magazines and journals. He is also the owner of Lifevesting.com – a blog site focusing on helping readers invest their lives in a compelling future and a glorious eternity – where he has posted nearly 800 articles. He has also presented frequently at various workshops and seminars, including “How to Develop Your Child’s Leadership Ability,” “Uniquely You,” and “Gauges, Gifts and Gaps: How to Deal with Stress and Avoid Burnout.”
Andy and Robin have been married for 29 years and have three married children and six grandchildren.