Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace

Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace

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by James Calvin Schaap
     
 

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A gift. The baby. The pageant. The parties. The worship. The afterglow. The story. These are the elements of almost every Christmas. In Finding Christmas, award-winning author James Calvin Schaap takes a look at each of these elements through seven stories that show how imperfect people can find joy and grace in an imperfect world.

His eyes turn on an outgoing

Overview

A gift. The baby. The pageant. The parties. The worship. The afterglow. The story. These are the elements of almost every Christmas. In Finding Christmas, award-winning author James Calvin Schaap takes a look at each of these elements through seven stories that show how imperfect people can find joy and grace in an imperfect world.

His eyes turn on an outgoing bus driver, a passionate mother, a daughter reluctant to return to church, and even his own assumed-mediocre performance at a Christmas pageant. Along the way, readers see how the amazing message of Christmas can be found in the oddest of places. This heartwarming read is both moving and magical and will help readers usher in a joyful Christmas season even amidst the howling winds of winter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441204752
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
298 KB

Meet the Author

James Calvin Schaap, a professor of English at Dordt College and president of the Chrysostom Society, is the award-winning author of 22 books. His articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in more than 25 magazines and journals, including The Banner. He lives in Iowa.
James Calvin Schaap, a professor of English at Dordt College and president of the Chrysostom Society, is the award-winning author of twenty-two books. He lives in Sioux Center, Iowa.

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Finding Christmas 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Finding Christmas by Jacob Calvin Schaap is a collection of short stories that display the real meaning of Christmas in surprising ways. Schaap finds the Christmas spirit in unusual places: a talkative cowgirl bus driver, a teenage daughter's unexpected pregnancy, and a church pageant so hardcore it has manure! The stories are filled with humor and real human emotion: expectation, fear, frustration, and sadness. Readers will find themselves laughing and crying as the characters find Jesus in places surprising and heart-breaking. It's a quick read to help get your heart in the right place this holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each story is short and pleasantly surprising. They bring you back to the reality of what Christmas means and how Jesus should be part of the fabric of what we are. Not preachy. Not predictable. Not boring religiosity. Not sloppily sentimental.
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InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Each of the stories inside "Finding Christmas" is delightful and heartwarming, and features a moment in time when a character truly connected with the meaning of Christmas. I enjoyed Mr. Schaap's writing very much. He has created such a lovely set of short stories for the holiday season. I think my favorite story in the whole collection was the very last, "Joy and Miracle", about a simple-yet-humbling experience in church. Recommended for adults, although some stories may be enjoyed for family read-alouds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Great for the holiday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading short stories at Christmas time that give us a glimpse into the heart of Christmas.
Printrich More than 1 year ago
It made Christmas seem like Christmas toread this during the season.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seasonal, but really good anytime. I will read again.
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Enjoyed
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace Author: James Calvin Schaap Published: Fleming H. Revell Company Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace" by James Calvin Schaap was quite some holiday read. This author did a wonderful job with presenting the reader with seven elements that are generally found in ones Christmas: 'A gift, The Baby, The pageant, The parties, The Worship, The afterglow and The story' where you will find that each story are very different and will leave you with some thoughts of how we have come to think of that day. These short stories really are there to inspire any Christmas holiday read to really see and know what this holiday is all about...yes the real meaning of Christmas. These reads give you a little of it all...happiness, humor, raw and real emotions, fear, laughing out loud, sadness and maybe even crying. Be ready all the emotions are there in the reads. What I found most unusual was how the author says in 'A Foreword..... Most of the stories in this book end at beginnings.' Now what that means .... I will just say you must pick up the amazing read to find out. The characters all seemed very believable and so real...just like someone you may even know. If you are looking for a quick read that will definitely remind you the real reason for the season, you have come to the right place and I would recommend to you this novel: "Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace" as a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad I did not pay for this book or it would have been even more disappointing! The details led me to believe this was on the order of Chicken Soup or Stories of the Heart books...short stories of heart-touching and uplifting events. These were not...first book I have ever deleted, but it is GONE. Dli Illinois
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I am not a fan of short stories. I do have to say the stories leave you wanting the author to finish them.
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A gift. The baby. The pageant. The parties. The worship. The afterglow. The story. These are the elements of almost every Christmas. In Finding Christmas, award-winning author James Calvin Schaap takes a look at each of these elements through seven stories that show how imperfect people can find joy and grace in an imperfect world. His eyes turn on an outgoing bus driver, a passionate mother, a daughter reluctant to return to church, and even his own assumed-mediocre performance at a Christmas pageant. Along the way, readers see how the amazing message of Christmas can be found in the oddest of places. This heartwarming read is both moving and magical and will help readers usher in a joyful Christmas season even amidst the howling winds of winter. My Review - This book wasn't what I expected it to be. With each story I expected a little more. Sad to say but this was a let down for me. I can't quiet explain what more I wanted but with each story I'd think at the beginning oh this is going to get good. But before it could get good it just kind of fizzled out. Definitely glad it was a free nook book on Herbie.