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2013 Christmas Books Roundup

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2013 Christmas Books Roundup

It is easy to be caught up in the obligations and the hectic schedules of the holidays, distracting you from what matters most. Thus we're happy to share with you some of the outstanding Christmas-themed books available this season. This year’s roundup is filled with both beautiful holiday fiction and spiritual wisdom from some of the most influential Christian writers of our time, evoking the sense of peace and warmth that comes with Christmas. We’re sure that any of these titles will put you in the spirit this holiday season, whether in a quiet moment of reflection or shared with family and friends.

An Amish Family Christmas by Murray Pura - Fiction

 

After tragedy strikes the family of young Rebecca Shrock, her friend Tabitha does all she can to help. But things get complicated when Rebecca's brother, Levi, returns from combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When an unexpected turn of events sets things right, miracles happen to the Amish community of Paradise.

Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story by Ann H. Gabhart - Historical Fiction

 

It is 1864, and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer - Historical Fiction

 

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish, or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind --- Englischers?

The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series by Vannetta Chapman - Fiction

 

Annie’s sister-in-law, Leah, is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem...but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country by Cindy Woodsmall - Romance

 

When Sadie discovers Levi in a deserted field, he’s been badly injured. As these two Old Order Amish become friends, each finds in the other an ally against their respective families’ desires to see them find a spouse. But as the summer months fade into autumn and snow begins to fall, what happens when they start to truly care?

God's Blessings of Christmas by Billy Graham - Devotional

 

Billy Graham celebrates the Savior’s birth in this thoughtful Christmas devotional booklet. Explore the blessings of hope, joy, love, and peace that believers can experience as they keep their eyes on Jesus. Included are excerpts from the bestselling THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT, hymns, Scriptural accounts of Christ’s birth, and beautiful poetry by Ruth Bell Graham.

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp - Religion & Spirituality

 

Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, THE GREATEST GIFT retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day's profound reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ, so that come Christmas morning you find that the season hasn't blurred past you but your heart's fully unwrapped the greatest gift you've always yearned for.

On This Holy Night: The Heart of Christmas by Thomas Nelson - Religion & Spirituality

 

Every year, the story of Christmas is told and retold, but sometimes the very familiarity of holiday traditions causes us to overlook the vital expressions of this meaningful season. ON THIS HOLY NIGHT breathes new life into several aspects of the Christmas story through the voices of six beloved Christian communicators: Max Lucado, Rick Warren, David Jeremiah, John Maxwell, Jack Hayford and Bill Hybels.

Peace: A Crittenden County Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray - Romantic Suspense

 

Beth Byler can't stop thinking about Englischer Chris Ellis. Nothing could ever happen between them, but he felt the attraction, too. It was the reason he left so suddenly, promising never to see Beth again. Then, three days before Christmas, Chris returns in need of a place to hide. Before long, it becomes clear that nothing between them has changed --- a relationship is inevitable. But are they ready to sacrifice everything for this chance at love?

Seeker of Stars by Susan Fish - Fiction

 

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.

A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson - Fiction

 

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber - Romance

 

When reporter Carrie Slayton has a chance to take her career to a new level by securing an interview with reclusive survivalist author Finn Dalton in the Alaskan wilderness, she jumps at the chance, never dreaming that she may have to choose between a significant career move and a relationship with the love of her life.

A Story of Christmas and All of Us: Companion to the Hit TV Miniseries by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - Religion & Spirituality

 

From the annunciation by the angel through the birth of Jesus, this beautiful full color book chronicles the journey of Mary and Joseph, the appearance of the shepherds, and the story of the wise men, in a way the Christmas story has never before been "told." Containing extraordinary images from the hit TV series, "The Bible," A STORY OF CHRISTMAS AND ALL OF US is a book that will take a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Christmas.

Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman - Fiction

 

Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when an empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her --- a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades --- Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.

The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna by Liz Curtis Higgs - Religion & Spirituality

 

A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God. Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Bestselling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to THE WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS.