Twenty-one Candles - Stories for Christmas by Mike Mason For over two decades, award-winning author Mike Mason has been circulating Christmas stories to a select circle of his closest friends. Now he's sharing these classic Christmas stories with us. Praise for Mike Mason's Twenty-one Candles "It has been my delight to listen as Mike Mason read aloud many of these stories-a score and one more of narratives that circle like candlelight around a season when light is scarce. Now, reading them, they bring a unique brightness, because in one way or another they illuminate more than just snow scenes and families around hearth fires. With a light and often whimsical touch, Mason's tales speak of the way 'people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light' (Mt 12:16)." Luci Shaw author of Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination and Spirit "The best moments of Christmas are spent in the evening by the fire, telling stories... stories of courage and conviction, of discovering anew 'peace on earth; goodwill toward men.' My friend, Mike Mason, has penned a collection of heartwarming stories to be told time and again, every Advent. May Twenty-one Candles become a Christmas classic for years to come!" Joni Eareckson Tada Joni and Friends International Disability Center "In the tradition of our favorite Christmas tales, passed down from such masters as Charles Dickens and O. Henry, Mike Mason has lit Twenty-one Candles to shine fresh light into our darkness. Some shine with a mythopoeic ambiance, while others glow like mirrors from day to day life. They celebrate Christmas in ways you'll want to share. Gather around the Christmas tree; put another log on the fire. Mike Mason's stories want to be read aloud-read to families, to friends, to church groups-and you'll delight in sharing them." D.S. Martin author of Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis "If you haven't read Mike Mason you live an impoverished life. Here is a book of frosty magic, wings of light, and the enchanting music of wisdom. With characteristically honest and beautiful prose, Mason has given us a gift that will warm hearts and kindle contemplation. These are stories that both refresh and rebuke. Read them and be awakened to joy." Andrew Case author of Water of the Word "These short stories are filled with charming, relatable characters discovering the spiritual origin and inspiration behind Christmas: Jesus Christ. Twenty-one Candles skillfully draws readers into its stories, inviting us to look beyond the veneer of a commercialized holiday season. Scratching the surface of our Christmas tradition, Mason captures glimpses of a loving God yearning to restore relationship with His children." Leonard Buhler President of Power to Change "In Twenty-one Candles master storyteller Mike Mason has carved out another classic. Truly a book for everyone that will captivate and inspire with its humor and unique way of spreading the true spirit of Christmas." Wally Armstrong author of The Mulligan "Twenty-one Candles should be as mandatory as mistletoe and manger scenes. Mike Mason's collection of funny, poignant, and inspired stories is a rare gift." Carolyn Arends Recording artist and author of Living the Questions "Twenty-one Candles captures the spirit of Christmas in a way all the commercial glitter never will. Mike shows the love and delight of the Messiah resonating in the hearts of those who need love and joy, and find them." David Gregory author of Dinner With a Perfect Stranger Learn more about best-selling author Mike Mason at www.mikemasonbooks.com
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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Twenty-One Candles by Mike Mason is a collection of Christmas short stories. For over three decades, Mr. Mason wrote a new Christmas story to give out to his friends as a greeting card. These tales are fictional, but read as pleasant or painful realities. Held within each chapter is a profound truth, encompassed by the essence of Christmas. Twenty-One Candles beckons you to discover joyful secrets of the season. Christmas is a “sacrament in which believers and unbelievers share alike.” The reason for the season is paradoxical and individual; it represents something different yet somehow the same for those who embrace its spirit. This collection will challenge your “bah humbug” state of mind, and elevate you into jubilation. Christ is born! Hallelujah! Sit down, get cozy and take in these appetizing stories of Christmas. Mike Mason pens Twenty-One Candles with candid expressions of thought, a touch of whimsy, and joyful adventure. Each of the twenty-one chapters is like unwrapping a one-of-a-kind gift; new tones and plots, time settings of old and contemporary, diverse landscapes of solemn serenity and heartbreaking truth, and characters that breach your heart and soul, revealing a fresh perspective. These stories overflow with delicate and decisive metaphors that open your mind to wonder, maybe even to ask, “what do you mean?” I loved “Yaabba-ka-doodles!” and could totally relate to “Christmas Rocks.” You are guaranteed to experience tears and delightful childlike emotions. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about – divine truth and wonder. Although personally touching, these treasures should be re-gifted; these stories are meant to be shared.