It’s December! Happy December, everyone! Here in the heart of Dixie, it has actually gotten cold. We actually had snow a couple weeks ago, which is unheard of for us southern folk! Normally, if it’s going to snow, it’s going to be in February or March…..not November. As a matter of fact, I can only remember one “white” Christmas in my whole 22 years.
But, December means chilly weather. And hot drinks. And warm blankets, and wood stoves, and more free time which translates into more reading time, and since December also means Christmas, it means more free time to read Christmas books. Now, I don’t normally theme my reading — I have way too many books waiting to be read to do that! But I do “allow” myself several Christmas books this time of year.
And you get to hear about two of them that I’ve had the honour of reading, and thoroughly enjoyed — it seems I’m making up my lack of reading this year in these last two months of the year……but I’m okay with that! So, without further ado…..
His Law is Love by Rebekah A. Morris:
Will hate and fear drown the song of Christmas love? Amelia is eagerly anticipating her first Christmas in the west, but she soon finds that her brother–in–law’s worry and her sister’s exhaustion reach far deeper than the cares of a ranch and a family. A rash of fires and cattle thefts is plaguing the area, and the three young orphans they’ve sheltered are under suspicion from their prejudiced neighbors. As hostilities mount, Amelia seizes every opportunity to help and encourage, but how much can one girl do? Will Reverend Brown win the community over to the true spirit of love? And will help arrive before everything they hold dear is destroyed? Amazon Link: His Law is Love
Ms. Rebekah Morris did it once again! A beautiful book with a beautiful message! This book opens in the wild west, and it follows the story of a family who have chosen to take in a couple of homeless children. With no one else to care for them, the family shelters them in the midst of persecution from the town.
This was a sweet story of love and sacrifice and dying to self and giving Christ the glory. I loved how Amelia was able to turn the thoughts of her sister and brother-in-law towards God continually, helping them to find joy in the trying circumstances they were facing. And I loved the character of Reverend Brown! He was such a faithful minister of the gospel!
The writing was wonderful, and I was immediately interested in the story. It seemed as if the words flowed across the page, capturing me, and it wouldn’t let me go until I had read the last word. It was made even better byt he fact that my favourite Christmas hymn was used all throughout it — O Holy Night :D
This was a book that I finished, and immediately wanted to start reading over again out loud to my siblings! I give it five stars and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet Christmas story!
O Come All Ye Faithful and other short stories by Faith Blum
O Come All Ye Faithful Edwin wanted to be home, but instead he crouched in a trench. The English on one side of No Man’s Land and Germans on the other. What a way to spend Christmas. Could anything make it better?
Peace on Earth Emmie and Elana are estranged sisters, torn apart by an old boyfriend five years earlier. Will they survive a night in the same hotel room after a blizzard forces them together or will peace on earth go out the window?
Silent Night Christmas decorating had never gone this wrong. Jenna had just started when a crazy, gun-waving woman, walks right in the front door and ties her up in her own Christmas lights. Will Jenna even see her family this Christmas?
The Gift Goes On Four friends and a year to reflect on. The year had been good for Carlotta, but Priscilla, Remus, and Newton all had at least one trial through the year. A mysterious giver the previous year had helped them all out, though. What would this year’s gifts bring?
O Christmas Tree Gareth loves Christmas. But more than that, he loves Christmas tree hunting. As the family prepares for their annual trip, Gareth can barely contain his excitement. But what are all the spray bottles for?
I must say, I don’t normally read collections of short stories. I prefer long stories, where you can really get to know the characters and miss them when you end the book. This collection, however, was different. It was really interesting, and I loved the lessons it taught. I’ve only read a couple of Mrs. Blum’s books, and I’ve enjoyed what I read….so I was excited to see that I could read this one. I will say, as a side note, that I *loved* the part in the author’s bio about not liking big cities….I totally get it! Give me the country any day! But anyhow…..
I had my favourites in this collection, of course, although they were all good! The first story, O Come All Ye Faithful, was really sweet! The whole way the story ended made me tear up quite a bit. The reconciliation between the sisters in Peace on Earth was so sweet to read about. It’s not often you see relationships between siblings start out bad and end up good :D Silent Night started hilariously — the whole being tied up in Christmas lights thing was a bt bewildering and awfully funny, for some unknown reason =P
All of the stories had a sound Biblical principle woven throughout the fabric, which was refreshing to read about. I thoroughly enjoyed this story collection and look forward to reading more books by Faith Blum!
About the Authors:
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, the Christmas Collection series, and her best selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading, playing with her seven nieces and nephews, and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. (Sometimes with the nieces and nephews!) The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
Faith Blumis a small town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings. When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.
Grand Prize: Paperback of each (US only)
1st Prize: eBook of each (International and US)
2nd Prize: eBook of choice (International and US)
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.