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Good collection of short stories. December 31, 2012
I know Christmas was almost a week ago, and really who can believe that?? Not me, certainly. I love a good Christmas story. And I love a good Max Lucado book, so what could be better than a Christmas story written by Max Lucado?
My thoughts exactly. I'm not sure there is much better than that. I can think of better things, like coffee, Jesus, heaven, and friends, but if we're talking Christmas stories and Max Lucado, not much is better.
Christmas Stories, the title of Max's new book, is just that. A collection of short Christmas stories. It starts with the story of the candle maker.
What's that? You don't know the story? Oh well. I'm sorry. You'll have to get the book to read it.
The next story is the story of The Christmas Child. Oh you say, you know this story. I hate to be rude, but really, unless you've read the book, you haven't heard this story. A man estranged from his wife travels to Clearwater, Texas because someone sent his father the picture of a church in Clearwater. Neither one knows why.
And neither will you until you read the book.
The most disappointing thing in the book was some of "stories" were taken from some of his other books. I wish the larger portion of the book was new stories but don't let that stop you from getting the book.
I loved that the stories were good...no, great stories. I also loved that they weren't the typical "feel-good-everything-is-great" stories. The story I reference above, The Christmas Child, definitely had a surprising ending. Very surprising.
I plan on trying to remember to read one story/chapter a day next December as part of my preparation for Christmas. It's a great addition to your Christmas library.
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Review by Virginia
A Heartwarming Collection of Christmas Stories and Reflections from Max Lucado
These stories—like your favorite Christmas ornaments—come in all shapes and sizes. They unfold in a variety of settings, from ancient Bethlehem to rural England. From a small Texas town to the heavenly realms. Some are short. Others many chapters long. Some offer reflections. Others imagine Christmas through the eyes of a burnt-out candle maker, a lonely business man, or heavenly angels.
Yet all are vintage Lucado, and all resonate with the wonder of the season.
"In the mystery of Christmas," Max writes, "we find its majesty. The mystery of how God became flesh, why he chose to come, and how much he must love his people. Such mysteries can never be solved, just as love can never be diagrammed. Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but imagination."
That's what each of these unique Christmas stories help us do. In the midst of the bustle and hurry that often distracts us this time of year, these stories free us to explore the ways in which Christ's coming has forever changed history—and us.
|Publication Date||August 30, 2011|