A different perspective can revolutionize our appreciation of the familiar. This is what Bill Crowder does as he examines the familiar story of the birth of Christ in the gospel of Luke.
Author: Bill Crowder
Publisher: Our Daily Bread Publishing
A different perspective can revolutionize our appreciation of the familiar. This is what Bill Crowder does as he examines the familiar story of the birth of Christ in the gospel of Luke. By looking through the windows provided by those who were there--Mary and Joseph, the angels and the shepherds, Simeon and Anna--we see and feel what they saw and felt, and learn from their responses. As we enter into the nativity events that altered the world forever and as we join the humble worshipers who welcomed Christ at His birth, we get what we need most--fresh perspective.
said His Reverence, examining the doors and windows. The windows were all
outlined with a ring of red paint; everywhere on the doors there were Cossacks
on horseback with pipes in their teeth. But His Reverence was even warmer in
Author: Nikolai Gogol
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Nikolai Gogol's hilarious and macabre tale of a Christmas Eve with a devil and a romantic twist. It is the night before Christmas and devilry is afoot. The devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket. He is thus free to run amok and inflicts all sorts of wicked mischief upon the village of Dikanka by unleashing a snowstorm. But the one he’d really like to torment is the town blacksmith, Vakula, who creates paintings of the devil being vanquished. Vakula is in love with Oksana, but she will have nothing to do with him. Vakula, however, is determined to win her over, even if it means battling the devil. Taken from Nikolai Gogol’s first successful work, the story collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, The Night Before Christmas is available here for the first time as a stand-alone novella and is a perfect introduction to the great Russian satirist.
... dinner she sings her favorite Christmas carols with her parents, then she's
kissed good night. She's looking forward to tomorrow. But the girl is too excited to
fall asleep now. She gets out of her bed, takes a chair and sits down at the window.
Author: Jennifer Schäfers
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Die kleine Madeleine hat einen riesengroßen Herzenswunsch, den ihr wirklich nur der Weihnachtsmann erfüllen kann. Natürlich wünscht sie sich, wie jedes andere Kind auch, zu Weihnachten Spielsachen, Plätzchen und Süßigkeiten, aber sie wünscht sich auch noch etwas ganz Besonderes. Etwas, was ihr niemand sonst erfüllen kann. Daher bittet sie ihren Schutzengel, ihren Herzenswunsch dem Weihnachtsmann zukommen zu lassen. Wird der Weihnachtsmann dem kleinen Mädchen diesen Wunsch erfüllen? Welches Wundervolle Abenteuer wird sie dabei wohl erleben? ________________________________________________________________________ Small Madeleine has one very big heart-felt wish for Christmas, which only Santa Claus is able to fulfill. As well as every other child, she ́s wishing toys, biscuits, cookies and sweets for Christmas, too. But she also has one very special wish, which nobody else can fulfill. So she asks her guardian angel to get her heart-felt wish to Santa Claus. Will Santa fulfill her request? What wonderful adventure will be waiting for her?
“I'll take you toa Christmasoflongago.” toa Christmasoflongago.” toa Christmasoflongago.” toa Christmasoflongago. ... She shouted as they sailed out the window. She shouted as they sailed out the window. She shouted as they
sailed out the ...
Author: C.J. Cousins
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
So Bailey and Friends is based on real characters. Bailey is a chocolate Labrador. Then there is Avalanche, a black-and-white Siberian husky. Then we have Mollie who is a black-with-white-marking Great Dane. Then we have Tino who is a fawn Great Dane. Then you have Paris who is a long-haired white Chihuahua. Then there is Reese who is a short-haired chocolate Chihuahua. Then we also have Phantom, a multicolored Chihuahua. Then there is Tornado who is a red-and-white Siberian husky. Then there is Tappy who is an orange tiger cat. Then you have Nella, a gray tiger cat with a pink spot on her head.
Mom Mouse said, "In a few days, humans will celebrate a very special day called Christmas. The Window People and the animals remind everyone about things
that happened at the very first Christmas over two thousand years ago in ...
Soft, floral curtains were draped at the window and matching cushions were
thrown on the bed. An old washstand stood in ... Next to the diamond paned
sitting room window, the live Christmas tree took pride of place. Jane had
carefully hung ...
Author: Jeanne Lawrence
Take a trip down memory lane and find the pleasures of Christmases past. Envelop yourself in the joys of family love, the happiness, hopes and dreams come true. Remember the days when a week to go to Christmas seemed an eternity and sleep refused to come on December 24th because your tummy was all knotted inside. If all these things make you stop and wonder 'Whatever happened to Christmas?' then these sixteen delightfully readable short stories are for you. Or, maybe to stuff in the stocking of someone you love!
Its head lights flooded through the front windows of the house. Startled, Brandon
hurried to the closed bedroom window, released the latch, and lifted it high. "Get
out, fast!" Tina ran to the door and stared down the hall at the front door. "Right ...
Escaped convict Steve Adams abducted his five-year-old daughter, Melanie, three months ago. His ex-wife, April Adams, is determined to rescue her little girl, but unknown to her, Adams is hiding out somewhere in San Francisco and determined to kill her to keep their daughter. In desperation, April hires Harrison/Wolffe Investigations. Tina Wolffe and Brandon Harrison take on the case to reunite this mother and her kidnapped daughter for Christmas. Tina and Brandon follow their sharply honed instincts with a determined tenacity to track down this dangerous felon and rescue their client's captive daughter. Trying to avoid any danger to little Melanie and to her mother, the PIs wait for the peaceful Christmas morning in hopes of catching Steve Adams off guard. Sensing the trap, Adams plans his own murderous Christmas surprise party for April, Tina, and Brandon…with murder as their final Christmas reward.
After the patients got their Christmas dinner, we sat down and were served by the
house surgeons and medical students and we served them on St Stephen's day.
We often hoped that there would be no admissions on Christmas Day - of ...
Author: June Goulding
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'I promised that I would one day write a book and tell the world about the home for unmarried mothers. I have at last kept my promise.' In Ireland, 1951, the young June Goulding took up a position as midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty. A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years. But worst of all was that the young women were expected to raise their babies during these three years so that they could then be sold - given up for adoption in exchange for a donation to the nuns. Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives. June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring.
“Father Christmas!” Julia shouted, leaving her doll and pony and rushing to the
front window. “It's Father Christmas!” Mark stoppedpushing the buttons on the
remote control and hurried to the window. Edward and Ellie exchanged surprised
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Hachette UK
Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew. In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave. Robin Jones Gunn brilliantly combines lyrical writing and unforgettable characters to craft a story of longing and belonging that will stay with readers long after they close the pages of this book.
Decorations, Carols, Crafts & Recipes for Every Kind of Christmas Tradition Mimi
Tribble. the window and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a
gray backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with
Author: Mimi Tribble
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Gather family and friends together to celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year: the Christmas season. The weather outside may or may not be frightful, but there's no better place to be than home for the holidays. Guests arrive and notice the sweet scent of pine in the air and admire the beautiful decorations that deck the halls. Loved ones congregate in the living room, pulling chairs closer together so that conversation is easier. Carols are sung and stories are told to eager children. Delicious refreshments are served. Whether you want to handcraft pretty wreaths or prepare warm, aromatic mulled wine, here is where you'll find 300 ways to make this, and every Christmas, the best ever. Organized by region and historical era, these ideas from around the world celebrate a variety of cultural traditions and will appeal to children of all ages. Choose those that most appeal to y ou, incorporating them into your festivities. Reading the quintessential American Christmas story, "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," to youngsters on Christmas Eve heightens anticipation for the next morning. Exquisite Victorian-style "Glass Ball Ornaments" can provide a touch of magic on any holiday tree and are quick and easy to make. If you long for an old-fashioned country Christmas, create a gingerbread "Snow-Covered Cottage" that has storybook appeal. Don't forget to put out a plate of "Herbed Cheese" and glasses of "Baltimore Eggnog" for neighbors and friends to enjoy when they stop by to visit. Do you have roots in the South? Celebrate them by putting together an eye-catching "Corn Husk and Straw Wreath" to hang on your door. From "Pinecone Fire Starter" to a papiermache "Victorian Father Christmas," the ideas in this collection can help you make every Christmas merry and bright.
In the adjacent Folders window, double-click on the Windows Fonts folder. Within this window will now appear two folders; double-click either PostScript or
TrueType. You will see the list of fonts available on the Dover CD; double-click on
Publisher: Courier Corporation
These images, including jolly elves, angels, wreaths, reindeers, Santas, and more, will help you create countless seasonal projects. 282 original motifs: 227 in full color and 55 in black-and-white.
It was more like a summer day than Christmas Day as is often the case in west
Texas. Nothing would do for the little girl but to place her very special Christmas
Gift for her mother in the window on the Christmas day when she was nine years
Author: Merle Jay
Susan Culhane looked down at her tight dress then at her superior. The older woman looked back at her with an authoritative glare. Where as Susan Culhane put her high-heeled shoe on the bottom rail of the fence and pulled herself up allowing her to stand there with her head barely over the top rail, “Sunni, I must insist that you come and talk to us right now. You must not speak anymore with your grandparents.” “Go to hell,” said Sunni. “Sunni!” scolded her grandmother. “Don’t you talk like that, now. Do you hear me, Sunni?” “Yes, ma’am, but I don’t want to talk to that old bitch.” “Now, Sunni, I mean it. You watch your mouth and hush up that cussing. That’s not going to help matters at all.” “Well, she is.” “Sunni.” “Sunni, come here this instant. I demand that you come here.” Said Susan Culhane.
The window was wide open, and the snow was blowing in. No Loreen. I couldn't
figure it. I thought she'd gone to the Ladies' Room and had left the window open
for some crazy reason. I started to shut it, and then I heard all the screaming ...
Author: Otto Penzler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant. Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you’re in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural—can be found in these pages. FEATURING: - Unscrupulous Santas - Crimes of Christmases Past and Present - Festive felonies - Deadly puddings - Misdemeanors under the mistletoe - Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.
Jamie peered out the window to see the sidewalks he had worked so hard to
clear the day before were already ... Christmas Eve was only a day away and
Corinne had promised to take the children to the mall in the next town to see the ...
Author: Robert Humphrey
Publisher: PageFree Publishing, Inc.
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The death of their mother pits two homeless children against the world just as the Christmas Season gets into full swing for everyone else. Sent to a foster home, young Jamie Kimball soon learns his little sister is missing after a fiery car crash. But magic is in the air and seems to revolve around a Christmas story he made up for her the year before. The appearance of a large, white Poodle adds to the mystery of her survival as the children find new hope in the season of miracles.
Author: Ronald William CadmusPublish On: 2014-12-12
family gathering at Christmas time through the windows on the porch. The song
not only emphasizes the sentiment of the holiday, but touches the subliminal
feelings of fear and sadness of being, abandoned, alone. Without family. Without
Author: Ronald William Cadmus
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Not all Christmas ornaments sparkle on tree branches. Some are fragile. Easily broken. And joy often disappears like melting snowflakes. We are just like those ornaments and snowflakes. But there is a healing light that can be found at Christmas.
By late afternoon I was bored out of my mind, staring out the living room window
onto the icy street below. The parked cars, mostly buried in drifts, reminded me of
the backs of whales. For walking, there were only narrow paths that had been ...
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
He is one weird Christmas visitor -- his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an exterminator: Toxic roach powders and poisonous fog bombs. But a crossbow? Eric is fascinated at first. He's been bored this snowbound vacation, and has already zapped about a zillion Zergs. Antsy, he's even sneaked a look at the Christmas presents hidden beneath his parents' bed. Then Anje Gabrail, this exterminator, appears, talking a little madly about his war against rats -- about killing them. "The worst," Anje says. And if Eric sees one in the Eden Apartments, he is to call Anje's twenty-four-hour cell phone immediately. Later that Monday, the fourth day before Christmas, a rat does appear in the building's basement -- and Eric finds himself suddenly, frighteningly swept into Anje's vengeful army. As either partner...or victim. With only a flashlight.