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This charming book contains 10 children's stories by Glenn W. Martin. The first eight stories were written for his grandchildren, and to be read to the children of the churches he served at their Christmas Eve Family Services. You will meet Browser the dog, and Marty Mouse, and the three performers who missed the Christmas Pageant. You will find out if Patty got her ...
This charming book contains 10 children's stories by Glenn W. Martin. The first eight stories were written for his grandchildren, and to be read to the children of the churches he served at their Christmas Eve Family Services. You will meet Browser the dog, and Marty Mouse, and the three performers who missed the Christmas Pageant. You will find out if Patty got her Christmas wish, and learn about the girl who didn't want anything for Christmas. You will go to the manger with the stable boy, and share the disappointment of Ladius, the shepherd boy, who had to stay home. And you will wonder, with the blind Jacob, whether or not the new baby can really work miracles. The last two stories were written specifically for this book, for his two youngest grandchildren. You will learn why Jesus is missing from the manger, and why Shirley Starcluster can't twinkle.
These stories, which are dedicated to Glenn Martin's grandchildren, will never grow old or out-of-date. They will continue to delight, inspire, and bring hope and joy.
They are his gift to all children, whoever and wherever they may be.
About the Author:
Glenn Martin was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1924, where he lived for the first 18 years of his life. After graduation from high school and three years of service in the U.S. Army in World War II, he returned to Wisconsin to attend the Milwaukee State Teacher's College and the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in Journalism. For several years he worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a writer, director and producer of radio and television shows for a local advertising agency, and as a freelance actor and musician.
In 1951, he decided to attend the Boston University School of Theology, where he earned a graduate degree in 1954. In that same year, he was ordained a minister in the United Methodist Church, and served in the Minnesota Annual Conference for that denomination for 35 years. During his years in the ministry, Glenn was known for his preaching, teaching, and administrative skills; serving as the pastor of local churches, urban missioner, Radio-TV Consultant for the church, Christian Educator, camp director, and Lab School instructor.
After retirement in 1987, he did freelance writing and speaking. Several of his short stories and articles have been printed in national church magazines. Now he spends most of his time as a drummer in several musical groups, enjoying time with family and friends, and teaching senior study classes. Glenn and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1950. They have five daughters and eight grandchildren. They live in St. Anthony, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.
|Part I||The Original Eight Stories||1|
|Browser's Christmas Present||3|
|The Faded Blue Blanket||10|
|The Three Performers Who Missed The Christmas Pageant||13|
|The Girl Who Didn't Want Anything for Christmas||22|
|The Stable Boy's Gift||28|
|Marty Mouse's Big Discovery||34|
|Now I See||41|
|Patty's Christmas Wish||47|
|Part II||Two New Stories||53|
|Who Stole Jesus From the Manger?||55|
|The Little Star that Couldn't Twinkle||77|
|About the Author||105|
Posted November 1, 2001
Picture little ones gathered at your feet, looking up at you as you prepare to give the children's sermon. Imagine a special moment with a child in your lap, waiting wide-eyed for your story. If you enjoy sharing stories with children yet find yourself sometimes tongue-tied, rejoice! This unique book provides stories in a way that can make each of us look like professional story tellers with minimal preparation. As written the stories are easy to share out-loud with others, no matter what their ages. And even as you share these seemingly simple stories, the deeper meaning dawns on you and older listeners in your audience. This is a fun book in that it is written to be read aloud, with minimal preparation; a unique attribute! This is a wonderful book for those who enjoy story telling, yet don't feel confident enough in their own skills. As a bonus, the author has included some valuable and useful insights about how to become an effective story teller and writer yourself. With its 'welcome to my family' charm, this book has something to offer anyone who ever wanted to (or been asked to) share a story and simply wasn't sure how to do it. Well worth your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.