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The Spirit of Christmas [Hardcover]

Debbie Macomber , Cecil Murphey , Marley Gibson

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5.0 out of 5 stars warm tender Christmas anthology 29 Oct 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
This warm tender Christmas anthology contains forty-two- true short stories by contributors who mostly are not writers. The length of each entry is perfect with five pages being the average and none over ten. The editors open with their favorite Yuletide moments; as Cecil Murphey and his pregnant wife are alone at college until a professor invites them to dine and Marley Gibson describes her family love (and kitty humor) when her grieving mom cancels the holidays. After the editors set the mood, Dan Piper leaves readers teary-eyed and never looking at a can of tuna in the same way. Whether the writer takes you to a crowded post office (by Wayne Scheer), in Cocoa Beach (with Jean Matthew Hall) or an Irish pub in South Korea (Pamela Jo Floria), this is an inspiring collection filled with loving caring people who give time and more like the doll Joanne Y Gyrate's dad gave her. Readers will enjoy this wonderful compilation that captures the Spirit of Christmas but is much more as the anthology is for all seasons since the authors capture the spirit of what makes us human.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read. Recommend to add to anyone's holiday book ... 1 Aug 2014
By G. Brown - Published on
Inspirational. An easy read. Recommend to add to anyone's holiday book collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you Like Guidepost Stories, You will Like this Book 7 Jan 2012
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I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book but it was not what I found when I started reading. This is a very Christian book with God and goodness being the main themes. I have been touched by most of the stories in that I can see how the holidays can bring out the good in people and people looking for good in their lives. This is an anthology of stories from people in all walks of life and all different life circumstances. I think the main theme is that no matter what or how humble your circumstances are, somehow Christmas time brings everyday miracles as well as some extraordinary ones.

The stories remind me so much of the Christian stories that one reads in the Guidepost magazines. The stories are about people helping people and also about circumstances that happen that can only be attributed to God or the Divine. I think this is a feel good book. The stories are easy to read and most are short. I think they would make fine reading in the evening with your family as a devotional at Advent. Certainly this book could easily become a yearly reading ritual that could ring in the Christmas season year after year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection of Christmas Stories 26 Dec 2013
By Derek - Published on
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This is a wonderful collection of first-person Christmas stories told by 42 different people. These stories often describe particularly memorable Christmases, and include more than a few accounts of Christmases in which the narrators were experiencing some major difficulty in life, such as the loss of a job, health problems, or family conflict.

As I read this book, I kept thinking what great lessons this would make for the ESL students whom I've taught in China; I think they would be great for ESL students anywhere. Each selection is anywhere from 3-6 pages or so, and the language shouldn't be too difficult for ESL students.

Nor is this book only for ESL students--it's for anyone who wants to read good, uplifting stories that will remind them of why we celebrate Christmas. I strongly recommend this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Christmas Stories! 14 Dec 2013
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Love the beautiful cover! And the true stories put the spirit of Christmas in my heart. Great addition to my collection of Christmas anthologies.
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