Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas - Volume 5 - An Unexpected Glory

Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas - Volume 5 - An Unexpected Glory

by Kathi Macias

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Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas - Volume 5 - An Unexpected Glory by Kathi Macias, Marcia Lee Laycock

Pastor Steve is thrilled with the ticket sales for their big fund-raiser - a spectacular Christmas pageant that raises enough money to keep the homeless shelter running all year. Then the phone rings. The news goes from bad to worse and it looks like the entire show will have to be cancelled. But Steve's right hand man, Stanley convinces him the homeless men in the shelter can make it all happen. And the unexpected glory unfolds.

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BN ID: 2940148838456
Publisher: Trestle Press
Publication date: 10/30/2013
Series: Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,167,126
File size: 259 KB

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Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas - Volume 5 - An Unexpected Glory 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything was ready for the homeless shelter's annual Christmas pageant - or so they thought. Last-minute complications push Pastor Steve and his trusty assistant to trust God for miracle after miracle, with the clock ticking toward disaster. Marcia Lee Laycock drew me immediately into the scene and into the chaos. Her characters are drawn with compassion, and I fell a little in love with each one. As you join this ragtag crew of misfits in their day of desperation, you may just find your own Unexpected Glory
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
As I read An Unexpected Glory by Marcia Laycock, I had the sense that I was reading a Christmas classic.  It’s a tale of unlikely heroes and unexpected grace, right up there with O’ Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. In the story, Pastor Steve, who runs a men’s shelter, is hit with the news that his major yearly fundraiser is in jeopardy when many of the cast get sick and are under quarantine.  In desperation, he and his assistant recruit the shelter’s patrons – a motley crew of homeless and addicted men – to perform the annual Christmas pageant.  Road blocks to success seem to pop up everywhere, but in the end, the pageant has a far greater impact than anyone could have ever imagined. This is one of those short stories that could (and should) be made into a TV movie for the holidays. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an excellent Christmas story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas pageant, a major fundraiser for the men's homeless shelter, is in jeopardy just hours before curtain time when most of the cast fall ill and must be quarantined. Hopes were riding on this pageant to pull the bank account out of the red. Pastor Steve's enthusiastic assistant convinces him to continue with the pageant by casting new actors from the shelter itself. Although a new cast is pulled together quickly, Pastor Steve's confidence in their abilities falters as mishaps and challenges arise. Will the shelter survive? You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat as you follow this group of diverse characters as they stumble their way to unexpected glory.
JanDick54 More than 1 year ago
Need an infusion of Christmas spirit? Join Pastor Steve, Stanley and the gang at New Life Shelter for Men as they band together to salvage the annual fundraiser Christmas pageant. Marcia Lee Laycock’s delightful tale is a “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” scenario, with characters just as unlikely,  just as quirky, and just as refreshing. In the short span of 28 pages, we become attached to the characters, cheering them on as they reach inside themselves to keep the show from being canceled. The sold-out crowd expects a professional pageant, but the cast and backdrops are as ordinary and yet as profound as they were that first Christmas night. Both cast and audience are blessed with an unexpected glory. The story, told in readable, conversational style, is encouraging and uplifting, funny and poignant; a perfect early Christmas read. Note: This short story by Marcia Lee Laycock is Volume 5 of Kathy Macias’ 12 Days of Christmas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marcia Lee Laycock's "An Unexpected Glory" is the sweet, funny, sometimes heart-rending tale of Pastor Steve, his New Life homeless shelter, and the annual Christmas Pageant that always raises much-needed funding to support the shelter's programs. But this year, the morning of the big show, he learns that several of the children in the pageant have been quarantined with measles. And the stellar orchestra that provides the beautiful music every year? Well, they're quarantined too, since they were exposed during a rehearsal. Stanley, one of the shelter's success stories and Pastor Steve's right-hand man, insists that the men who call the shelter home can put on the pageant with just that day to rehearse. Without any other choices, Pastor Steve give him the nod. Will everything go wrong? Or can the ragtag group of men put on a really big show?  You'll enjoy this delightful and inspiring tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Marcia, I needed to shed a few tears. This story brought back many a memory from when I was a young man living in Alberta and very involved with the Salvation Army. We always put on a Christmas pageant and inevitably something would come up that one or more students were unable to be there so we would have to improvise. Granted it never crossed our mind to cancel, rather we found folks who would stand in, and in our case the Baby Jesus was real.....and often the baby stole the show and caused lots of laughter from the audience. You write from the heart and that is the best kind of writing. Yes, publish this story, it will be a most enjoyable read for everyone, perhaps one day you will see your story on stage or on the silver screen. Wishing you all the best with your creative writing. God Bless.....Lambert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing goes as planned in Marcia Lee Laycock's Christmas story 'Unexpected Glory'. Pastor Steve is about to cancel the annual Christmas pageant when his optimistic assistant, Stanley! steps in. The story takes place in a homeless shelter for men and the pageant is their major fundraiser for the year. Readers will enjoy watching as Pastor Steve's faith is expanded along with  the many characters who make their Christmas one of the most memorable ones. The mystery of where baby Jesus is threads it's way toward the end of the story. This heart-warming story will add greatly to your christmas celebration as you focus on the reason for the season.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful short novella, Volume 5 in Kathi Macias's 12 Days of Christmas Series. Each of the novellas in the series is about one day in the twelve days preceding Christmas. I think you will enjoy this one. Eight Days before Christmas, Pastor Steve receives a call saying they will have to cancel the pageant scheduled for that very evening. Measles! Measles could make the New Life Shelter for Men have to close its doors. Two of the kids in the pageant have measles, several of the adults are showing symptoms, and even the orchestra was exposed. The doctor quarantined them all. Now what? Pastor Steve's right-hand-man, Stanley, says he has a solution; but what he suggests sounds impossible....
Y-Read-It More than 1 year ago
“High” Drama Behind the Scenes This lively story, sprinkled with humour, written by Marcia Lee Laycock moves swiftly through a chaotic combination of the usual daily frustrations of a Men’s Shelter plus their members' urgent attempts to salvage their primary fundraising event. Trials and tribulations, munching mice and missing major items. It’s a story of panic, pain, pandemonium and prayers … many prayers. It’s a tale of gifts redeemed and new hope; as the handyman, Stanley, would say, “Yup, Yup”. Note: An Unexpected Glory could make a great play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Unexpected Glory by Marcia Lee Laycock Marcia Lee Laycock has given us a feel-good Christmas story.  Pastor Steve’s main fund raiser, the annual Christmas pageant, has been sabotaged by the measles and the entire cast and orchestra is in quarantine. But, without pageant he will probably have to close up the Men’s shelter. Despair threatens to set in when his right-hand man, Stanley, comes up with an improbable suggestion. Get the residents to present the pageant. The following hours are probably the most hectic Pastor Steve will ever face as one problem follows another. Between lost props, the ‘sky’ threatening to fall and the residents squabbling over who gets what will they ever perform?  I found that the story had a few too many problems to solve in too short a time to be wholly believable. However, the message that God still performs miracles today does come through loud and clear.  An Unexpected Glory is worth the read.
DebElkink More than 1 year ago
AN UNEXPECTED GLORY definitely puts me in the yuletide spirit, and now I can't wait for the season to begin! Author Marcia Laycock tells her tale in the voice of Pastor Steve, who is organizing the annual Christmas pageant as a fundraiser for the local men's shelter. But this year at the last moment everything goes wrong, and Pastor Steve finds problem piling upon problem as the hours to curtain rising dwindle. The story tension is great. In fact, it ratcheted up my anxiety as I imagined how I would react to the stress of imminently disappointing a huge audience expecting professional entertainment—the horror of such unpreparedness sure to set me in a frenzy! The story resolution comes about largely through Pastor Steve's calm persistence and trust in something outside himself, and his attitude is an encouraging example to me, a reminder to look to the Child and the purpose of His birth in the first place. I can envision this short story as the basis for an inspirational Christmas movie. It's a great family read.