21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest Gift

21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest Gift

by Kathy Ide

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Overview

Christmas is more than just a holiday. It is a time to recapture the joy and wonder of God’s greatest gift: His Son, Jesus. 

21 Days of Christmas will warm your heart with stories about giving, loving, and family. These engaging tales celebrate the hope and joy that make this blessed season unique. At the end of each story you’ll find an insightful message that will help you discover anew the true meaning of this special time of year. So grab a cup of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick, curl up in your favorite chair beside a picture window overlooking a serene spot, and savor the true meaning of Christmas through these inspirational and encouraging stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781424550524
Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: A Fiction Lover's Devotional
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 931 KB

About the Author

Compiler and editor KATHY IDE  has been a published author since 1989. She has written fiction and nonfiction books and is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels. She also writes columns of writing and editing tips for blogs and newsletters.



Compiler and editor KATHY IDE has been a published author since 1989. She has written fiction and nonfiction books and is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels. She also writes columns of writing and editing tips for blogs and newsletters.

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21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest Gift 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This is such an enjoyable "devotional", depending on your definition of devotional. Not only does it have some great stories but each short story ends in a short devotional or life application. I really liked the layout, and the stories were quick and easy to read, yet heartfelt. It is written by a collection of different authors, but ties together beautifully for the Christmas season. Each story and application point to Christ and a Heavenly Father who loves and cares about us. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig a little deeper this Christmas and focus more on the meaning of Christmas over the hustle and bustle and chaos of the holiday. It would make a very nice gift. I plan on using it with my family throughout the holiday season. I was blessed with a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and was not asked or required to review it positively.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Filled with wonderful short Christmas stories! This is a fantastic devotional for December. Each story is short and easy to read. Some of them are very thought provoking. Others are simply sweet and a delight to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that each story is followed by an application section. This helped me to take each one and truly think about what can be learned from it. They all definitely point to God and the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. The most magical Christmas present ever. I received a free copy of this gift sized book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, November 26, 2017 21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest Gift compiled by Kathy Ide, © 2015 A Fiction Lover's Devotional series, Book 2 My Review: Twenty-one authors contribute a Devotion and Life Application within this hardcover book with a ribbon bookmark! Just the right size to slip into your purse and take along with you ~ to share with a friend over a mocha coffee or chai tea latte! Join Joanne Bischof's Becca Fletcher on her Balsam Walk. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10, 11 ESV Watch what path you may be on this Christmastime ~ it may be in your own family right close at home. Or to cross the path of someone from long ago... Lena Nelson Dooley's story, "The Christmas Child of 1864," is a war torn story of the gift of grace given. He turns our mourning into J*O*Y as only He can. A gift to last beyond pain to mend a heart. Kindness is an antidote to sadness or feeling alone ~ to share a word of encouragement and a different way of looking at where you are. "Christmas Then and Now" is shared by David B. Carl. In his Life Application he shares how Jesus was born in a stable; Herod would not look for Him there. The "Now" family found their gift ~ His J*O*Y received on Christmas Eve. ***Thank you to Celebrate Lit and Broadstreet Publishers for this copy of 21 Days of Christmas. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
What a great little devotional for the Christmas Season. There are 21 fiction stories with a life application after each and a short bio of each author. This is a nice way to share with your family each evening around the tree and open up a discussion in each area of application. I found it very insightful and enjoyable. Besides a great read it is pretty to sit on your table for the Season.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book when I saw it. It is bright and Christmasy, it is comfortably sized, and it comes with a ribbon bookmark! Then I began reading. Each day's entry is written by a different author. There is a Christmas-themed story to read, then a paragraph of life application based on the story. I was blown away by what wonderful stories were told in just a few pages each time! This devotional makes a nice addition to your regular quiet times during the Christmas season. Or one might choose to read it to your family each evening around the Christmas tree. It would make a wonderful gift, as well. I received a copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts shared here are my own.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest Gift provides readers with a variety of short fictional stories focusing on Christmas by 21 contributing authors. Kathy Ide complied this fictional lover's devotional to encourage readers to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Each tale is heartwarming and will remind readers of the beautiful reason for the season. There is a Life Application for each one with some providing a scripture reference, along with a brief bio of the contributing author. A heartbreaking but uplifting devotional was “Sculpting a Perfect Gift” by Mary Kay Moody. An elderly mother is residing in a nursing facility due to her dementia. Her daughter didn’t want to go to the facility for the teens to do a Christmas performance, since her mother wouldn’t recognize her. Her young son was playing with clay when his grandmother reached out to touch his molded airplane. The wonderful gift she sculpted brought tears. One touching devotional was “A Family to Hope For” by Marilyn Hilton. A young widowed mother and her children were having Christmas Eve dinner when the doorbell rang. The children had prayed for a new daddy. Imagine what he may of heard when he left the home? A lovely reminder of children’s simple faith for God to answer their prayers for Christmas. Thank you to Kathy Ide and the publisher for a complimentary copy of 21 Days of Christmas for the tour with Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest thoughts.
Mindynatsumi More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved every one of these stories! A wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit. I love this idea of bringing fictional stories and life application into one devotional book. It was also great because I discovered some new authors who I might not have known about if I hadn’t had the chance to read these stories. My favorites were “The Balsam Walk” by Joanne Bischof, “If Not For Grace” by Lori Freehand, and “The Box” by Jan Cline. I know that I will be reading these stories together with my family in the coming month. Highly recommend it! I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
21 Days of Christmas is a delightful compilation! I enjoyed the heartwarming stories and the life application that follows each selection, with Joanne Bishof’s “The Balsam Walk” and Lena Nelson Dooley’s “The Christmas Child of 1864” being my two favorites. “We all touch other people’s lives in different ways. We never know whom we may bump into or how God my use us to bless or encourage another person.” - Joanne Bischof “When things happen in my life that I don’t understand, I often wonder how God can work those things together for good, as Romans 8:28 promises. But He always comes through. And I know He always will.” – Lena Nelson Dooley The inspiring tales in 21 Days of Christmas are sure to bring comfort and joy this holiday season! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This is the second in A Fiction Lover's Devotional--twenty-one short stories designed to lift and bless you with a life application. I know you'll love them as much as I have. The first story is by David B. Carl, and it recounts the first Christmas with tenderness, interspersed with a modern-day story of a small family traveling at Christmastime. In about the middle, there's a great story by June Cline reminiscent of that famous Christmas story The Gift of the Magi. Two people wanting to give something special that will make someone else happy--the kind that makes you feel warm and loved. And the last story by Sarah Earlene Shere might be the best of all--a reporter looking for the perfect Christmas story. He finds it in a little girl making origami creations for people that bring them joy or make them think. What is your Christmas wish? Can you find what you need in this grouping of fictional devotionals? It just could be.