23 July 2011

Carol, A Story for Christmas, Book Review

Publisher's review:

Jack O'Malley hates shopping, snow, and even Christmas. All three at once is Jack's idea of a very bad day. Storming into a Starbucks seeking escape, Jack runs smack into a beautiful and mysterious stranger, almost knocking her over and unintentionally changing his life forever. 
In this one moment his entire life—who he once was, who he is, and who he has the potential to become—flashes before his eyes. 
In this humorous rendering of Charles Dickens' classic tale, timeless lessons are reexamined through the lens of modern society. 
The result is funny, moving, and ultimately thought-provoking.

And now for my review:

I think most everyone feels as I do: Christmas is the best time of the year! There is something magical about the Season, a sense of renewal, hope, love for mankind...Well, you know what I mean. You have felt it in the past and just right now, you have that little flutter in you that says, yes, Christmas is such a special time!
Funny though, the warm, fuzzy feelings we encounter at Christmastime should actually be experienced all year long...

I recall the excitement I experienced when long, long ago (!) we would stroll downtown and checked out the window displays for the Holiday, the lit tree on the Grand Place, the sweets in the shoppes and the tiny, at times even humble but always colourful wrapped presents tucked away for Christmas day.
I remember the Church bells ringing, the smell of roasted chestnuts sold by street corner vendors, the Nativity display with the Child Christ and most of all that special feeling that seemed to permeate everything. 
This was the best of time!

But...this is July you will say...Christmas is still a long way away...
Yes this is still July, Christmas Day is still a long way away but that Christmas feeling should remain with us all year long.
Read Carol, A story (not just) for Christmas and you are certain to... well, feel! 
Bob Hartman delivers a modern twist on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol that will give you that warm fuzzy feeling time and time again. Written by an amazing storyteller this is a tale that will open your eyes and let you experience the miracle of Christmas over and over again! At 96 pages this is also a small book you can tuck in your pocket or your handbag!

Carol, A Story for Christmas is a book that you will not wish to part with and let me add, it is probably the best Christmas gift for anyone who has forgotten to CARE (yes, that means you and I)! 
Christmas stocking anyone?

We have been so busy making a life for ourselves, we quickly dashed the dreams we had once upon a time. We forget to be kind to our fellowmen and in time of need, we offer just enough to lessen the burden of guilt on our consciences, promptly forgetting about it right after. 

So  pick up a copy of Carol, A Story for Christmas, sit down in your favourite chair and read this humourous but heartfelt tale of a man whom a bit like Scrooge, forgot to 'feel'. No matter the season, let your heart fill with love for others and remember your dreams! 
I guarantee it will give you that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling all over again!

5 stars (and I would have given it more!)

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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