Saturday, November 19, 2011

Remembering Christmas

By: Dan Walsh

In this story we are introduced to Rick Denton who has been living life the way that he pleases and with no one to answer to.Things take a turn for Rick when he receives a desperate call from his mom asking him to please come and help run the family store as his stepfather is seriously ill and she really needs his help. Little does Rick know that what started out as a short term job turns into weeks worth of work as his stepfather takes a turn for the worse. Rick has to come to terms with the things of his past and must also look deep inside for the new him if he wishes to achieve the happiness that awaits him in the future.

Dan Walsh has done it again and I am once again very pleased with the story that he has written. I think that many of us who have been through some of the things that these characters have faced will really get a lot of insight from this story. I especially love the message of Faith in this story and the Belief that no matter the situation God has it all in control. We must all learn to have faith in God and to believe that if He has said something in his word that he will fulfill it to the letter. There is no problem to hard for God and no situation that he can not turn around and make it into a blessing. There are a lot of people out there who wonder and ask the question, Why is this happening to me? Sometimes the Lord allows things to happen to us not because of any particular thing that we have done but as a wake up call to others who may be around and watching how we handle things. Everything that happens to us can be used as a testimony to show others the way to God and that he is but testing our faith and commitment to him.

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Christmas Shoppe

By: Melody Carlson

In this story we are introduced to Susanna Elton who is working as the city manager of Parrish Springs ans she has just completed the sell of a building in town to Parrish Springs newest citizen, Matilda Honeycutt. Little does Susanna realize that this one step will completely alter not only her life but that of Parrish Springs and its residents as well. Matilda is an eccentric older woman who really gets the town in an uproar when she opens her business with what they see as little more than junk and all without the proper permits required by law. Add to the mix angry business owners and a councilman out to line his own pockets and you have a recipe for disaster. Matilda, however has a special magic all her own and begins to reveal to certain people what it is that they really need in each of their lives.

I really enjoyed reading this story although it did take me a while to get into the rhythm of it. I really liked how Matilda was a lady who did not care about what others thought about her and that she set out to achieve a certain purpose and was not afraid to go for it. I loved how she took what other people saw as just junk but it touched the lives of different people. This story brings to life the saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure. This story also shows how important it is to really look deep inside ourselves and see what it is that we really need and what better time to put this into practice than this holiday season. We must all learn to forgive, be patient, open our hearts, and realize the true meaning of the holiday season. Pick up this book and follow along with the citizens of Parrish Springs as they begin to realize that things are not always as they appear.

Available November 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group