second season A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art, a DVD
production designed for use in Sunday School classes, Bible studies, and
other church group gatherings. Introduced in Advent 2009, the DVD is
accompanied by five participant study guides with suggested discussion
questions, making it perfect for group Bible studies during Advent.

This 50-minute DVD presents the familiar story of Christmas as told in the
Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each passage of scripture is illustrated by
and interpreted in the stunning artwork of John August Swanson along with
commentary by members of Candler’s renowned biblical and preaching
faculty, including Luke Timothy Johnson, Tom Long, and Carol Newsom, among

A Thrill of Hope is divided into six 8-minute sections, each one featuring
a passage of scripture from the Christmas story: The Annunciation to Mary,
The Nativity, The Shepherds, Epiphany, The Presentation in the Temple, and
the Flight into Egypt. The DVD may be viewed in one 50-minute session or

Each $30 set includes the DVD and five viewer discussion guides;additional guides are available for $5 each. Visit to watch a preview video and download an order form.