Christmas Books Recommended by Our Readers!

We had a contest to find our our readers’ favorite books to read around the Christmas holidays, and here’s what they recommended!

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    21 Days of Christmas: Stories That Celebrate God’s Greatest Gift

    Recommended by Nancy Griggs:

    “It is a great compilation of new Christmas stories.”

    About this Book: 

    21 Days of Christmas is book 2 in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series–collections of short fictional stories followed by brief Life Applications, each chapter written by a different author.

    Christmas is more than just a holiday. It is a time to recapture the joy and wonder of God s greatest gift: His Son, Jesus.

    This book offers engaging, inspirational short fiction stories written by new, intermediate, and well-known authors including Lena Nelson Dooley, Joanne Bischof, Jan Cline, Lynn Kinnaman, and more.

    21 Days of Christmas will warm your heart with stories about giving, loving, and family. These engaging tales celebrate the hope and joy that make this blessed season unique. At the end of each story you ll find an insightful message that will help you discover anew the true meaning of this special time of year.

    So grab a cup of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick, curl up in your favorite chair beside a picture window overlooking a serene spot, and savor the true meaning of Christmas through these inspirational and encouraging stories.”


  • A Christmas Carol

    Recommended by Mary Evans:

    “IT TELLS US ALL IF WE COULD LOOK BACK ON THE THINGS WE DID…AND SEE THE THINGS WE DO NOW…AND BE ABLE TO SEE OUR FUTURES WE WOULD DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY….IT REMINDS ME THAT MY PAST AND MY PRESENT WILL FORM MY FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF ALL I LOVE AND I AM IN CONTACT WITH….SO IF I WANT A BETTER FUTURE I HAVE TO DO IT NOW.”

    About the Book:

    In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

    With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.


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    A Simple Amish Christmas

    Recommended by Martha Jane Randell,

    “Other than the true Christmas story in Luke in the Bible, [I recommend] ​A Simple Amish Christmas by Vanetta Chapman​ because to me it shows the true meaning of Christmas which is LOVE for your fellow man!

    God bless and Merry Christmas everyone!”

    About this Book:

    Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.


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    Advent Storybook

    Recommended by Estelle LaFleur:

    “When I was a principal of a Catholic school, I took time every day during Advent to read a short story to the kindergarten classes.  They looked forward to it as much a I did!  It was a lovely way to prepare ourselves for the beautiful Christmas season.  Now, I’m looking forward to reading this to our grandson.”

    About this book: 
    Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she’ll tell him a story–“”twenty-four stories all about another little bear and his long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. The little bear, led by a glittering star, meets many others on his travels across hot deserts, snowy mountains, and through dark, lonely nights. His adventures, filled with acts of heroism and kindness and many small miracles, show him the path to the Christ Child. And by journey’s end Benjamin Bear–“”and all youngsters who share the stories and their simple morals along with him–“”will understand and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

    Recommended by Brenda Williams:

    “I always loved How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  I love that his heart grew when he realized that Christmas is not about the gifts or the food, but about family and fellowship!”

    About this Book: 

    “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. No holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville, in this heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.
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    Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)

    Recommended by Jenny Propst:

    “Not sure if most people consider this book a Christmas book but it is to me LITTLE WOMEN and this is why…

    I’ve loved books ever since I can remember and one year for Christmas when I was probably 10 or so I got this book for Christmas.  I was so excited it was the second or third time I got a book for Christmas and to this day the best gift I can get is books.

    I still have that book the cover is shiny, yellow with green at top and the women are dressed in beautiful colors.  The outside of the spine that was yellow is missing the cover is tattered  and the cover has separated from the book.  Some of the pages are torn some and there are stains on some pages.  I love that book and cherish it even though it doesn’t look like I cared for it, it is like that from the many times I read it.”

    About this Book: 

    Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?


  • One Last Christmas (Truly Yours Digital Editions)

    Recommended by Janice Lawton:

    “The reason I like this book is the marriage was kept in tact.”

    About this Book: 

    Sylvia has one last Christmas, after that, her husband of twenty-five years will do the unthinkable – divorce her. Out of agonizing prayer and reflection Sylvia Benson has developed a plan: Maybe if Randy sees what he’ll be leaving behind, he’ll change his mind. Randy Benson believes the love in his marriage has died. Sylvia was always so busy with everything else she could barely make time for him – so it only made sense to throw himself into his work. Now, to make the process as easy as possible, he’ll give his wife one last Christmas together in exchange for an uncontested divorce. How can Sylvia expect one week of bliss to undo so many years of mistakes?


  • Partners – Collector’s Choice Series

    Recommended by Julie Ives:

    “My favorite Christmas book is ” Partners”. It is one of Grace Livingston Hill’s many books. I found her books in my Grandmothers Attic as a teen And have collected them ever since. I love “Partners” because of the many people that are touched by the Christmas Spirit in this story. I have read this book every Christmas Season.”

    AS OF THIS POSTING, THIS BOOK IS UNFORTUNATELY OUT OF STOCK ON AMAZON.COM.

    But here is a link to her website: http://www.gracelivingstonhill.com/ and you can download some of her other books for free on Project Gutenberg HERE: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/2299


  • PIECES ON EARTH: A Christian Fiction Christmas Novella

    Recommended by Carol Daigle:

    “I liked it because it told of the faith the characters had and anything can happen if you believe in the Lord.”

    A Christian Christmas Novella (This book is FREE in Kindle Unlimited)

    As a young mother and wife of a naval aviator in sunny Pensacola, Florida, Liv Tulley eagerly anticipates the first Christmas in several years with her husband, daughter, and extended family. Then her husband is unexpectedly deployed for an undetermined amount of time, smashing her white Christmas dreams. She’s also shouldering a secret and battling anxiety. Can she find God’s peace in the midst of life’s pieces?

     


  • Seeker of Stars: A Novel

    Recommended by Pat Quick:

    “Unexpected surprise – this was the very first book I reviewed on Amazon. It opened the door for me to go on to do other reviews on other books, which included some of your [Ruth Price’s] offerings as well.”

    About the Book:

    As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.


  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    Recommended by Dorothy Lind:

    “[This book will] really make you think about the Christmas story. The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever is more kid friendly.”

    About this Book: 

    The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

    None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

    Great product!


  • The Christmas Bus

    Recommended by Dorothy Lind:

    “[This book will] really make you think about the Christmas story.”

    About this Book: 

    The people of Christmas Valley always celebrate Christmas to the fullest extent. The mayor plays Santa, every business is holiday themed, and there’s a nativity for the kids each Christmas Eve. This town knows Christmas. But this year nothing goes according to plan. Shepherd’s Inn is full of strangers, Mad Myrtle is causing problems, and a young couple with a baby due any minute rolls in to the middle of town in their Partridge Family-style bus. It’s hardly the holiday Christmas Valley wanted–but it may be just what they need. This charming novella is sure to become a new Christmas tradition for readers who love a great holiday story.


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    The Gift of the Magi

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    Recommended by Nancy Griggs (and our author Ruth Price): 

    From Ruth:

    “When I was nine, my grandmother gave me for Christmas a hand sized, hardcover book titled The Gift of the Magi by O’ Henry (it’s free on Kindle here). That little book is worn at the spine now and some of the pages are threatening to come loose, which only makes it more precious to me. It is a literary expression of her unending kindness. I read The Gift of the Magi every year around this time, and it reminds me that Christmas is about love. Love for God expressed through our love for each other. “

    O. Henry’s classic tale of the wisest gifts of Christmas, brought to life by P.J. Lynch’s extraordinary art, is itself a gift to share and treasure.

    In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside. The poignancy of his story is captured in P.J. Lynch’s eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth.


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    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Recommended by Sally Sullivan:

    “I had that book read to me in 3rd grade but I hate being read to so I went to the library and read it myself. I cry every time I read it. Love, loyalty, friendship and family are a strong theme. I still read it once in awhile and I still cry but it is my favorite…”

    About this Book: 

    For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.

    Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.
    Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.

     

     


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