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The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Delightful Book About the Real St. Nicholas

    The author has done a great job of collecting the many ancient stories of the third-fourth century Christian bishop of Myra (now Turkey). He was truly one who set the example of giving gifts to others. Bishop Nicholas was elected bishop of his community at an early age and served honorably. While we do not now have any known personal writings of his, we do have numerous historical details of him and his work for the kingdom of God. Bennett places the story of the bishop in the accurate historical context of the culture and the Christian church. Of course there are no red-nosed reindeer, sleigh in the sky, or people entering and exiting chimneys bearing gifts. This is a great resource for learning about the origin of the icon of the Christmas season, which has now been taken captive by non-Christian and secular images, that are not so much wrong as incomplete. This is a delightful book to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Book About St. Nicholas Offers Valuable Overview

    This selection provides the reader with enough information to make one rethink the whole American Santa Claus myth. An excellent read, the book will leave one with the desire to delve more deeply into this beloved saint's life.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Interesting & inspirational!

    Bennett's research and writing on this subject was most certainly interesting & enlightening to me. Inspiring & helpful to know the history behind our Christmas tradition, St. Nick!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2009

    Now We Know!!!

    I've enjoyed several of Mr. Bennett's works and this one didn't disappoint either. It is interesting how this "Bringer of Gifts" has evolved over these many years and how he represents the wonderment and joy of the season. While I do agree that HE gets lost in all the material pursuits of too many of us during this time of year, the author does a good job of showing us what his life was all about, which points us straightaway to the ONE Saint Nicholas obviously patterned his life after. This short story is good reading for anyone who wants to reconnect with the true spirit of the season.

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    Posted August 18, 2010

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