Christmas is the most popular season of the year, full of expectancy and promise, a sense of giving and receiving. We know it involves more than going to the mall, but it's still too easy to remain deaf to the frequent complaints about materialism or consumerism so often tied to this time of year. Christmas Grace: Crazy Gifts aims to explore that deeper meaning of the season through a series of reflections on the popular folk carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." A great reference for those of us open to and eager for spirituality but, possibly less so, "religion." The spirituality here is playful and serious, imaginative and historic. While reminding us that Christmas is indeed about Christ (and not just shopping), it's also about love... and so much more. Christmas Grace: Crazy Gifts triggers our imaginations in attempting to make sense of the popular folk song, drawing connections to mainstream and independent non-secular thought with a special emphasis on the generosity of God's own gifts to us. A great daily devotional for those looking to observe each of the twelve days of Christmas.
Can the big city girl convince the small-town cowboy to give Christmas a second chance? Or will the secret she hides destroy any chance of a relationship between them? When Serafina Anderson makes a mess of her first semester of college, she does what she knows best: avoids facing her parents. This time she runs away to spend her winter vacation at the ranch of her cousin, Trish. Her escapades also lead her right into the arms of Andrew Clark, the small town's most notorious troublemaker. But Sera sees beyond Andrew's crass nature and recognizes that the bad boy isn't as bad as everyone makes him out to be. Andrew Clark hates Christmas-at least he has since his parents died. He refuses to buy into the commercialism of the holiday and does his best to shove the hurt he feels down so deep inside him that no one will ever find it. So when Sera ignores his bad temper and rude remarks, he wonders if he's finally found the angel who can rescue him from himself-until he discovers that she's been lying to him all along. Corrissa James offers this inspirational love story to remind us that opening our hearts to others can be the greatest gift of all.
Rebecca King has only been married for four weeks when a snow storm threatens to keep her and her new husband, Gideon Stoltzfus apart for their first Christmas. She watches the snow falling from the kitchen window as she helps her mamm prepare the Christmas supper. Despite being apart, she takes comfort in reflecting on their courtship and marriage, knowing that God will provide for their future. But does Gideon have different plans?
It's Christmastime in Bugland! David A. Carter's bestselling Bugs characters are in the holiday spirit in this Ready-to-Read story that's perfect for beginning readers!
When Amish Rebecca Kauffman gains custody of her English nieces, "blended family" takes on a whole new meaning. Rebecca Kauffman's tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly becomes guardian to her two teenage nieces after her English sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife. Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica's rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca is frustrated by her new role and begins to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God. Will she be able to reconcile differences in her home-or will the clash of cultures tear her world apart?
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