The Christmas Lamp: A Novella - eBook  -     By: Lori Copeland
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The Christmas Lamp: A Novella - eBook

Zondervan / 2009 / ePub

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Product Description

When the small town of Nativity, Missouri, loses its much-needed seasonal business, more than the economy suffers. Lifelong resident Roni Elliot clashes with the new outside consultant Jake Brisco, whose drastic budget-slashing threatens the traditions and spirit of Nativity. However, as forgotten joys rekindle and new traditions emerge, Christmas once again becomes a season of hope.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780310560685
ISBN-13: 9780310560685
UPC: 025986560683
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Nativity, Missouri, is in trouble. When the small town is bypassed by the newly constructed highway, it loses its much-needed holiday traffic—threatening not only the town’s financial survival, but its very heart and soul. Outside consultant Jake Brisco threatens everything the community loves about Christmas with his budget-slashing solutions. Nothing is sacred—not even the traditional town Christmas tree. Long-time resident Roni Elliot knows some sacrifices have to be made, but can’t let go of the customs and traditions that have marked her holidays since childhood. The decorations and customary activities have always generated vitality and joy throughout the whole season in Nativity. Though their priorities and methods clash, Roni and Jake want the same thing—prosperity for the town. As the two get to know each other and become close, each begins to gain a new perspective on what the real wealth of Nativity—and the season—might be. The Christmas Lamp takes an honest look into the issues and concerns we all face and sheds light on the real origins of Christmas spirit.

Author Bio

Lori Copeland is a bestselling author whose books includde Now and Always, Simple Gifts, Unwrapping Christmas, and Monday Morning Faith, which was a finalist for the 2007 Christy Awards. Lori was inducted into the Springfield Writers Hall of Fame in 2000 and lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband and family.


Lori Copeland's novella The Christmas Lamp is a typical romance story – the ending can be discerned from the back cover. Nevertheless, the characters are charming. Copeland creates a very relatable main character in Roni Elliot. Roni is a single Christian woman with a bit of a sarcastic edge.

She wants a lot out of life, including the right man in her life, a discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, and the resolution of some old hurts and painful memories in the small town she thinks of as her place of security. The rest of the characters are community members from the small town of Nativity, and they are easily likeable as well. The other central character, Jake Brisco, is appealing, but we never are presented with much back story about him, and except for the facts that he’s the right age for Roni to be interested in and he’s rather good looking, there isn’t anything distinctly original about him.

The plotline struggles with depth and originality as well. The story is about finding the true meaning of Christmas as it relates to forgiveness, optimism, brotherhood, and joy. No deep conflict occurs, and this causes the plot to lack narrative drive. The novella resolves itself nicely, but there is not enough dissonance in the story to need much more than a pat resolution.

The Christmas Lamp may shed light on the meaning of Christmas, but it illuminates angles that have already been presented. – Rachel Kiely,

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  1. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Christmas Novella That Will Capture Your Heart!
    January 31, 2014
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Christmas Lamp.
    What a wonderful heartfelt Christmas read. This story will surely tug on your heart strings as it did mine.

    Nativity is a small town close to being non-existent due to money woes. Will this town survive and thrive once again at the expense of losing the Christmas traditions that are near and dear to the people of Nativity?

    As I became acquainted with each character in this book, my heart grew in fondness for each and every one. I asked myself a question, would I be as concerned with tradition as these folks were or would I push to set tradition aside in order to save my town?

    This is one heartwarming story that you do not want to miss. I know Christmas has come and gone but I still enjoy a good Christmas read any time of the year.

    I have read other books by author Lori Copeland and have enjoyed her novels. Don't miss out on this one!
  2. Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved the Story
    February 13, 2013
    J. Weaver
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Christmas Lamp.
    I really enjoyed this book. It's about a relationship that doesn't seem to go well,until the surprising end. I had not read Lori Copeland books before...after reading this,I'm hooked. Anyone who loves a Christmas story,a love story or a good story period will enjoy this one. Young or old you will like it.
  3. Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Delightful Story
    December 23, 2012
    Jeannie Donaldson
    Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Christmas Lamp.
    This is a sweet story, and I enjoyed every minute of it, and gave a few of them away as Christmas gifts last year. I don't remember all the details about the story anymore, but do remember that I was left with a warm feeling and a smile on my face when I closed the book for the last time. I recommend it for adults and teens.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Christmas versus business?
    October 28, 2012
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Christmas Lamp.
    It's a story with good reminders what Christmas really is. The romance was a little off kilter - antagonism to full-fledged love at express train speed. Hand-holding and kissing aren't the best way to something precious and permanent. Slow, and more tentative physical contact and more heart and mind surety of their relationship would have been more realistic.

    I liked the turn-around of attitudes of the people who ... don't want to spoil this.

    All in all a story to read and think about!
  5. Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    January 4, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for The Christmas Lamp.
    I have read other books by this author, but this one was not at all what I expected. I was disappointed with the plot. I only completed the book because I had started it and even when the book is lousy I will read it completely through. I would not recommend this one.
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