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Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

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    Being a huge lover of History, I was so thrilled when I got a su

    Being a huge lover of History, I was so thrilled when I got a surprise request to review not only a book, Christmas From Heaven but wrapped up like a true gift was a DVD recording from Tom Brokaw that captured the retelling of this wonderful story. You get to chose between either simply reading the wonderful book, Christmas From Heaven or watching it being narrated by Tom Brokaw along with musical accompaniment from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    Christmas From Heaven conveys the historical significance of Lt. Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet blockaded Berlin. As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of the Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.

    Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to the German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom. It showed everyone in the midst of a war what the true spirit of Christmas looks like.

    Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own "Candy Bomber" parachutes. At the ending of this DVD you get to see Gail Halvorsen, now 92 years young. See if this story doesn't make you cry. One selfless act brought hope to those who only knew the horrors of what war would bring.

    I received both the book/DVD Christmas From Heaven compliments of Deseret Books and Shadow Mountain for my honest review of this book. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. I think both of these items would make a wonderful gift this Christmas in order to keep the Spirit of Christmas and Jesus at the center of our celebrations. I rate both of these products a 5 out of 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Wonderful Story

    I would highly recommend this Christmas story to add to a special Christmas book collection! It is a wonderful story that I was not familiar with from WWII.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    I love the quote in the book, "This is the real spirit of C

    I love the quote in the book, "This is the real spirit of Christmas - to give whatever we have, no matter how small the gift."  It reminds me of the story of the little drummer boy who had nothing to give to the baby Jesus, but to play a song for him.  

    What a wonderful story to read to your family to help them better understand the spirit of giving during Christmas! 

    It really is a touching story and amazing that one man was able to do so much for the German children during such desperate times.  And they even show you how to make little candy parachutes at the end of the book so you can make them with your children.  So fun!

    This is definitely a book you'll want to add to your Christmas collection.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    On Christmas Eve, 1948, American pilot, Gail Halvorsen (Hal), wa

    On Christmas Eve, 1948, American pilot, Gail Halvorsen (Hal), was delivering 20,000 pounds of flour to war-torn Germany in what was termed "Operation Vittles."

    On this delivery his mind traveled "back six months to the day that had changed his life."
    It was on that day that he saw a group of children...
    He talked with them and marveled at their humble, grateful attitudes.
    He offered them two sticks of gum and wished he had more to give.

    An idea was formed...

    Read this amazing book and find out how Hal became known as "the candy bomber."


    Included with the book is the DVD of Tom Brokaw telling this story at the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas concert in 2012...

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