A Christmas Carol and The Christmas Angel

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A Christmas Carol: When the miserly Scrooge retires for the day on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his long-dead partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of what surely will be if he doesn't change his stingy ways, namely the untimely death of Tiny Tim. Highlighting the virtues of Christian love, hope, and generosity, A Christmas Carol is a story that extols timeless lessons for today.

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A Christmas Carol: When the miserly Scrooge retires for the day on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his long-dead partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of what surely will be if he doesn't change his stingy ways, namely the untimely death of Tiny Tim. Highlighting the virtues of Christian love, hope, and generosity, A Christmas Carol is a story that extols timeless lessons for today.

The Christmas Angel: Once Miss Terry believed in the Christmas Spirit, but too many disappointments have taken their toll and she is determined to prove that there is no Christmas Spirit by throwing her toys out onto the sidewalk in front of her house. Miss Terry tosses each toy one by one to the snowy sidewalk in front of her house. But her heart is moved when she sees the Christmas Angel kicked aside. Remembering all the years it graced her family mantel, she rushes to rescue it. Back inside, the Christmas Angel comes to life, and reveals the actual destiny for each toy, and for Miss Terry, that she could have never imagined. The Christmas Angel is a stirring reminder of what really matters at Christmas and throughout the year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404186026
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/3/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
1812-1870-Few names in literature are as well-known or as well-respected as that of Charles Dickens. Dickens authored fifteen major novels and several short stories that touched on various topics of the social life of England during his lifetime, and the inspiration for these came from his life and experience. With these factors as his motivation, Dickens became one of the best known writers of all time. His stories reflected Christian qualities that are still applicable today.

1881 - 1927 Abbie was an American writer of children's stories.

Joe Wheeler, Ph.D., is considered to be one of America's leading anthologizers of stories, and has written or edited fifty-six books, including the Great Stories Remembered series, the Heart to Heart series, and the best selling Christmas in My Heart series. He is Emeritus Professor of English at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland; cofounder and Executive Director of the Zane Grey's West Society; and General Editor at Focus on the Family. Dr. Wheeler and his wife, Connie, currently reside in Conifer, Colorado.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

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