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Rescuing Gus jSchaap gives us some different views of the Christmas form different people s perspectivesEven among Christians the Chr Very interesting read capturing the true spirit of Christmas in each of the seven stories Thank you An okay book but nothing to write home about It s filled with short little stories that bring back Christmas memories SUMMARY Christmas is everywhere even where you least expect itJoin award winning author and storyteller James Calvin Schaap as he uncovers the graceoy and love of the season "through seven heartwarming tales of miracle moments in a messy world This "seven heartwarming tales of miracle moments in a messy world This and inspiring collection of contemporary Christmas stories "will remind you what grace looks like and where to find itREVIEW This book was a group of stories from every "remind you what grace looks like and where to find itREVIEW This book was a group of stories from every people telling about their Christmas experiences I found some of the stories interesting and others did not capture my attention as well FAVORITE UOTES I have never denied my need for God I have like many forgotten him for considerable portions of my life but He has not forgotten meHe s God come to us for us He s come amazing shockingly because He love s us That s the startling Class of 92: Out of Our League joy of Christmas Rather than a feel good Christmas story Find Christmas is a collection of short stories without much of a happy ending There might be some hope some glimpse of the light but there isn t much in the way of the traditional happy ending we ve come to expectThe book has seven chapters and one preface all of them short unrelated stories And like the book says in the foreword most of the stories in this book end at beginings If you re the sort that likes everything wrapped up neatly by the end this might fustrate you a little But think about it this way you ve been given the chance to dream of the ending yourselfIn all of these stories you can see characters that are real They might be annoying with how flawed they are but after a while you realise your annoyance is because they re relatable I ve definitely felt like some of the characters some time or the otherAnd with each of their stories you see themust as they get a glimpse of the true meaning of Christmas Most of the time this glimpse is limited to them others remained unchanged But that s how changes come about They start with one person And the characters all learn a different lesson so put the pieces together and you might start too see a greater glimpseMy favourite passage comes from the last storyThe Snow FallHe came for those who need him not because they are poor or slovenly or unable to care for themselves He came for all those who need him even some like me the elitists self satisfied with the arrogance that insists they really need nothing at all He came for me because I too in my annoyance and pride am very much amoung the needyThis is a fairly short book but there s not way you can call it shallowFirst posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Christmas I read one story every night before Christmas and my only wish is that there were stories to read Good storiesI liked the variety of the stories Finding Christmas is a collection of moving stories where various individuals find Christmas in amazing ways This was a delightful collection of stories I enjoyed all of them Sometimes it s very nice to read short stories instead of a novel I did notice a couple of words I m not comfortable with using dn and I swr it 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 oy and grace in an imperfect world His eyes turn on an outgoing bus driver a passionate mother a daughter reluctant to grace in an imperfect world His eyes turn on an outgoing bus driver a passionate mother a daughter reluctant to 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 oyful Christmas season even amidst the howling winds of winterMy Review This book wasn t what I expected it to be With each story I expected a little Sad to say but this was a let down for me I can t uiet explain what 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 How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead just kind of fizzled out Definitely glad it was a free nook book on Herbie This book wins the prize for being the most offensive Christmas book I have ever read It s worse in some respects than even The Christmas Shoes At least that novel showed a few people with offensive attitudes This book isust one. 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 storie. ,

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Finding ChristmasVe kids so she and her "HUSBAND ADOPTED TWO GIRLS NOW ONE "adopted two girls Now one them is in high school and pregnant and the mother is ealous of her daughter for being able to be pregnant The daughter resents the mother for being so envious in the first place Then the mom realizes there is still oy in the holiday she still has another daughter in college who is easy to love So she goes to see her insteadSTORY NO 4 This is probably the second most offensive portion of the book In fact it s a toss up between the preface and this story The Bible says to pray without ceasing so the lady in this story who prays once a day never says Amen She figures that by picking up the same prayer the next evening a day never says Amen She figures that by picking up the same prayer the next evening is praying without ceasing And what does she pray for Why sinners of course Those poor successful rich sinners specifically her daughter and son in law who don t go to church Yes I tell you her prayers revolve around these heinous sinners who live miles and miles away and never bother her But she calls them up to remind them to go to church And yet even though she is ever so holy and wise they don t listen to her So this one Christmas she goes to visit her daughter son in law and grandkids And she looks out the window is distracted by the beauty of the mountainside and says Oh my God Her little granddaughter asks her what she sees and she says Jesus He s there She looks and can t see anyone She asks where he is and the grandmother tells her to look at the mountains Of course there s no one there The granddaughter is frustrated at this peculiar game of hide and seek and she says that she can t see Jesus She wants to see him Well the grandmother takes this as a sign as the answer to her prayers Now she can take the granddaughter to church secretly and it won t be a sin because she asked to see Jesus Control issues aside it s a little disturbing to read about an adult playing mind games with a child and insulting her intelligence all at the same time And talk about entrapment She could have said Look at the blue ay Where It ust flew behind the mountain I want to see it and declared that her granddaughter was destined for a life of ornithology And good grief if the grandmother is that controllingjudgmentalmanipulativecrazy religious it s no wonder the daughter moved so far awaySTORY 5 A pre teen gets a horse for Christmas but it arrives several weeks before the actual holiday So on Christmas morning when there are a few things to unwrap but not many she throws a hissy fit Her father excuses her because she is at that awkward age between childhood and adulthood and because she is starting to get boobs Seriously what is with this author writing about women as though they were a piece of meat Some animal has been killing their chickens but not eating them and the daughter is upset because of the waste When she and her father learn that the marauding animal is a mink they realize it s okay because it s Moonrise just so beautiful an animal That is the daughter decides there is good in everything She is able to forgive the mink because it sust so cute If it had been an ugly animal there would be absolutely no story here at allSTORY 6 A woman is worried about a little girl whose father promised to visit for Christmas but never showed up Turns out the little girl doesn t have any feeling for her father is completely indifferent to him and is therefore protected from any emotional pain She becomes excited by a new year s party and she doesn t care about her dad at all The woman is relieved by such a wonderful blessing befalling so young a childSTORY 7 This story is told in the first person from a Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi judgmental man who openly admits to being not nice and unabashedly elitist He puts on a performance a dramatic reading of Scripture at a church and even though he doesn t think much of his own artistic merit he d been having a bad night from an acting perspective someone still told him afterward how great he was Somehow this leads the elitist actor to some kind of spiritual epiphanyIN CONCLUSIONThis book is dreadful It s even worse than it seems here But it does have some redeeming ualities 1 Some of the characters are nuanced and interesting Some are flat and some are over the top but some are really well designed and might in the hands of a different author offer worthwhile reading 2 His stories have plots I have read several short stories thatust give a detailed look at one character in an extreme situation and end before anything actually happens Not Schaap He at the very least offers stories Person A encounters Person B under C circumstances and D happens I finished reading this book and I felt upset and offended but at least it felt like finishing an actual book. 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 oyful Christmas season even amidst the howling winds of winte. Guy the author demonstrating offensive attitudes "and holding them up as some higher moral truth I almost didn t add it to "holding them up as some higher moral truth I almost didn t add it to because I m ashamed to have read it I am embarrassed I hope my friends who don t read many Christmas books won t udge the whole genre by this one item But if you are looking for something Christmassy to read don t pick this Read my review and you ll get the Cliffs notes version of everything this book has to offer And then someThis book has a forward a preface and seven short storiesTHE FORWARD The forward is the only part of the book that s worth reading The book s cover proclaims Forward by Walter Wangerin Jr and that s probably a big part of why I chose to read this book in the first place I d read and enjoyed some of Wangerin S Other Stuff s other stuff he doesn t disappoint here His forward describes the structure of the stories to come which will tell of various characters in various situations as they each reach an epiphany of startling oy that changes their whole perspective on life The forward is beautifully written and upliftingTHE PREFACE I could never uite decide if the preface is supposed to be a short story or whether it s the author describing an epiphany in his own life presumably the inspiration for the stories that follow I think the preface is supposed to be an anecdote likely an exaggerated anecdote from the author s own life It is THE single most offensive part of the entire book The author I assume is Christian in the technical sense of the word because he gets all preachy However his extreme view do not represent any form of Christianity I have ever encountered Also he calls Jesus a parasiteSo it s wintertime and the preface s narrator is riding the bus He is offended by the bus driver who talks to him while she drives And she s fat And she s middle aged And she s dating And did I mention she s fat Seriously he goes on and on about how she s fat and not pretty and fat and he checks out her bum and reports that it s larger than the seat and he checks out her boobs and reports and that no one would care to check out her boobs and also she s fat And she s talking to him which is clearly a mortal sin Now I admit it s probably a little unnerving to have a total stranger initiate a long conversation while you re stuck on a bus together but when you start asking her uestions to prolong the conversation you ve or less waived your right to be offended when she answers you She wasn t going on and on about politics or war or something even borderline offensive No she tells him to watch his step climbing on Gosh no wonder he was offended Sheesh She tells him it s easy to fall and get hurt Then she gets slightly personal I admit and mentions that her daughter slipped off a curb and is in a lot of pain from a torn ligament And she talks a bit about her family and he asks about her family and she answers As he leaves the bus he realizes that even though she is offensive to him others namely God might still care for her Meanwhile he is the distinguished professor arrogant and sophisticated Christ came to earth for him and for all people and he realizes that all people includes her too He counts her sins overweight obnoxious promiscuous over the hill and realizes that Christ might work in her but of course he would have to reach her by using someone else who is saintly And therefore in a back handed way God cares for her anyway even though she s fat And that s a Christmas miracleSTORY NO 1 It s a Christmas pageant and the little match girl a teenager who plays Mary has left the church she is out in the snow with no coat holding a doll She realizes that without the doll there s no pageant since the doll is Jesus and she can take time to reach some spiritual epiphany since no one can do the play without her and the baby So she stays outside in the snow with no coat until she sees Jesus in the dollSTORY NO 2 There s a poor old woman who never gets to visit her granddaughter The child s mother uses the girl as leverage against the grandmother and the little girl doesn t know that the old lady she passes every day is family Meanwhile grandma buys presents for the child from a catalogue and the mom pretends that they re from Santa In this story some of the grandmother s friends arrange for the grandmother and the girl to have some time together for Christmas carols In exchange for this they make the grandmother promise never to send gifts again or to contact the granddaughter in any way And the little girl still doesn t know they re related But the grandmother knows it s worth it sacrificing any future relationship for the sake of two anonymous hours Oh oySTORY NO 3 A woman has never been able to ha. S that show how imperfect people can find oy and grace in an imperfect worldHis 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. ,