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Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas | Ace Collins

 

This would make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

 

Today I am reviewing Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Here is a brief synopsis:

The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how:

• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.

• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.

• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

If you’re looking for a Christmas book full of traditions, stories and information, this is the one to pick! I was very impressed with this wonderful book. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books. And it’s the perfect keepsake… with stories and information about everything Christmas… from advent to mistletoe to The Nutcracker Ballet…

This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren during the holiday season.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

The Christmas Star | Ace Collins

 

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Today I am posting my review of The Christmas Star by Ace Collins.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas.

Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

When I began reading The Christmas Star, I wondered what sort of story is was… I mean, Christmas is supposed to represent family, love, peace, joy, happiness…

Maybe so… but not many books are written about a happy, joyful season. Instead we read about a young boy desperately trying to raise money to buy his mother a special gift before she dies… on Christmas Eve. Another story is It’s A Wonderful Life, where George (our hero) is contemplating suicide.

These stories don’t represent the lives we wish we lived, they represent the lives we find ourselves living – illness, death, bankruptcy, war – but somehow we survive, usually a little stronger than we were before.

Christmas is a time of hope… hope for the future, hope for the joy and happiness we search for all year.

This story is a wonderful example of how a young man copes with the loss of his dad at Christmas time…

Young Jimmy begins to rebel after the death of his dad, but with the love of his mom and the support of his community, he just might find a little hope… enough to make the right choice.

I don’t want to give away anything else, so I’ll let you read the book for yourself. Read it. You’ll be blessed.

Merry Christmas!

God bless you!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Ace Collins

 


Today I am reviewing The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A Countdown to Christmas, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth.

There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies.

Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — by Ace Collins – Tweet this!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

For my family, this is truly The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Mr. Collins’ book will make a great Christmas gift to a friend or family member. It has songs, devotions, scriptures, Christmas traditions, crafts, recipes and more activities to last you year after year. As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories — and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year doesn’t disappoint.

Merry Christmas!

 

Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins’ new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

You can download a free sampler of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by clicking here.

Join Ace’s Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Abingdon, October 2016)

Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Ace Collins

{MORE ABOUT ACE COLLINS}

Ace Collins is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 titles, including “The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas,” “Darkness Before Dawn,” and “Lassie: A Dog’s Life.” Ace frequently speaks across the country and on radio and has appeared on national television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CNN,” “Fox and Friends,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Early Show” and more. When not writing, he works as a magazine editor and graphic designer, as well as host for a charity organization radio and television broadcast. Ace and his wife, Kathy, are based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Find out more about Ace at http://acecollins.com.

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Service Tails | Ace Collins

 

Today I am reviewing Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero…  by Ace Collins.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations.

Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service.

Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.

In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service.

Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance-stretching the way we see both canine and human potential.

Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Ace Collins writes a wonderful collection of stories about heroic dogs. The people in these stories are people whose lives are changed — for the better. Whether their problems are physical, mental or emotional, their lives become much more “normal” — which is a blessing in itself.

I encourage you to read these amazing stories… you’ll be blessed by them, too.

Happy reading!

 

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Celebrate the release of Service Tails with Ace by entering to win the Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 30. The winner will be announced August 31 on the Litfuse blog.

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{MORE ABOUT SERVICE TAILS}

Service Tails (Abingdon Press, August 2016)

Heart-tugging true stories of the courage, faith, and loyalty of remarkable service dogs.

Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.

In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance–stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Ace Collins

{MORE ABOUT ACE COLLINS}

Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

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Day #10 – Today I am reviewing The Christmas Star by Ace Collins.

Here’s a brief synopsis from Abingdon Press:

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

MY THOUGHTS:

When I began reading The Christmas Star, I wondered what sort of story is was… I mean, Christmas is supposed to represent family, love, peace, joy, happiness…

Maybe so… but not many books are written about a happy, joyful season. Instead we read about a young boy desperately trying to raise money to buy his mother a special gift before she dies… on Christmas Eve. Another story is It’s A Wonderful Life, where George (our hero) is contemplating suicide.

These stories don’t represent the lives we wish we lived, they represent the lives we find ourselves living – illness, death, bankruptcy, war – but somehow we survive, usually a little stronger than we were before.

Christmas is a time of hope… hope for the future, hope for the joy and happiness we search for all year.

This story is a wonderful example of how a young man copes with the loss of his dad at Christmas time…

Young Jimmy begins to rebel after the death of his dad, but with the love of his mom and the support of his community, he just might find a little hope… enough to make the right choice.

I don’t want to give away anything else, so I’ll let you read the book for yourself. Read it. You’ll be blessed.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Abingdon Press.

You can find more about Ace Collins on his website… HERE

You can read my review and more about the book on GoodReads HERE

And HERE is a link to read an excerpt of A Christmas Star.

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