Orson Scott Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans with this short novel set during Ender's first years at the Battle School where it is forbidden to celebrate religious holidays.
Mr. William B. Aikins, alias "Softy" Hubbard, alias Billy The Hopper, paused for breath behind a hedge that bordered a quiet lane and peered out into the highway at a roadster whose tail light advertised its presence to his felonious gaze. It was Christmas Eve, and after a day of unseasonable warmth a slow, drizzling rain was whimsically changing to snow.
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.
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