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More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Ace Collins

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Ace Collins has dug deep to uncover the true stories behind your favorite Christmas songs. Explore how these songs came into being, and discover a deeper appreciation for these melodic messages of peace, hope, and joy that celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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"Ace Collins" once again shares his gift of storytelling to bring you more of the hidden stories behind some of our most-loved Christmas songs. You'll discover expressions of faith, prayers for peace, and declarations of joy as you witness the birth and background of each tune. Did you know that "The Little Drummer Boy" was written on the eve of World War II, set aside and forgotten until the war was over? Do you know how Willie Nelson's early struggles are reflected in the lyrics of the popular country song "Pretty Paper"? Did you know we tie the thundering, angelic message of "The Hallelujah Chorus" to a precise moment in history we still honor today? As you travel across the centuries to uncover the deeper meaning of each song, you'll enrich your own connection to this vast celebration of the nativity and the gift of Jesus' birth. "Collins is an ace at song history, dispensing compendiums of song backstories that are nothing if not tasty ..." - "Booklist".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (30 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SJ1Y7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #894,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great information on Christmas Songs 22 Dec. 2010
By Mary Jo Sminkey - Published on
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I really enjoy learning the history behind things, and this book includes not just details about how these songs came into being, but history on the holiday itself, and how it was shaped into what we know today. The songs include old-standbys from Handel's Messiah to We Wish You a Merry Christmas, to contemporary hits like The Christmas Shoes, all profiled in more detail than I expected, and always including reminders of the true meaning of the season. The main gripes I had were that the Table of Contents doesn't seem to be recognized as such in the Kindle version (at the time of this review), so you can't jump directly to it. And the lyrics of many of the songs (recent ones mainly) are not always included...due to copyright license but still kind of disappointing that no more than a couple lines of some of them were included with the story. Some of the songs are fairly obscure, and some stories were stretched to encompass multiple songs (notably three songs by Albert Burt included). Overall though, I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it for all lovers of Christmas carols.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining. 26 Dec. 2007
By D. Boisvenue - Published on
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fascinating to read the stories behind many of our best-loved carols and popular Christmas songs. The author recites his stories with a Christian perspective, but I feel that this enhances the stories rather than detracts from them.

I feel it has deepened my understanding and appreciation of Christmas and revealed to me, the contributions of the men and women behind this music.

How each one of them added something special and unique to our celebrations of Christmas.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah for this book 2 Feb. 2011
By S. Christopherson - Published on
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I loved reading this book! The songs covered range from the classic Hallelujah Chorus to Here Comes Santa Claus. There were songs included that I had never heard of but, thanks to the internet, was able to find and listen to. For all the songs (even the secular ones) the author has managed to show the true meaning of Christmas. I downloaded this book in January 2011 and the Table of Contents did work on my Kindle.
The songs included are:

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus · Christmas Shoes · Let There Be Peace on Earth · Santa Claus is Coming to Town · O Christmas Tree · Thank God for Kids · We Wish You a Merry Christmas · Merry Christmas, Darling · Sweet Little Jesus Boy · Some Children See Him · Caroling, Caroling · The Star Carol · Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus · It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas · The Coventry Carol · Here Comes Santa Claus · The Wassail Song · If Every Day Was Like Christmas · While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night · It Wasn't His Child · Pretty Paper · Ave Maria · Christmas in the Country · Come and See What's Happening in the Barn · Carol of the Bells · Little Drummer Boy · I Saw Three Ships · We Need a Little Christmas · Blue Christmas · C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S · Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Auld Lang Syne
5.0 out of 5 stars So many Christmas jewels! 17 Feb. 2014
By Zelma B Edwards - Published on
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I have told many of these stories at Christmas parties and get-togethers and I love every one of them. I have given copies of the Ace Collins books to musical friends and they also love to use them. A lot of people have told me they enjoy hearing the stories as it makes the song so much more special. A big 'thank you' to Ace Collins and to Amazon for making the books available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace Collins is an Ace Author 20 Jan. 2014
By Alan K. Choy - Published on
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This book is thoroughly interesting and useful. The contents are so fascinating, and author Ace Collins' well-articulated insights are quite inspired and inspiring. This book and its previous volume make much-appreciated gifts.
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