The Christmas Star
Good Read for Anytime of the year
This is the kind of book that I like to read around the holidays. Jimmy is a young man that is hurting (just like many people hurt around the holidays when they lose their loved ones). Jimmy makes a few bad decisions when he thinks that these decisions will help with how he is feeling but when he learns how his father really dies and when he reads a letter written by his dad it helps him to have a truly Christmas Miracle.
This is a great story for this time of the year but also for any time of the year.
December 15, 2013
A Beautiful Illustration of Hope and Faith!
As you open the pages of The Christmas Star, you will be swept back in time to the December of 1945. Ace Collins captures the essence of days gone by with his wonderful use of nostalgic details and descriptions. This is a captivating tale that is sure to be enjoyed this holiday season!
While the small town of Ash Flat, Arkansas gears up to celebrate the first Christmas after the war, Jimmy Reed is feeling less that celebratory. Embittered by the loss of his father, Jimmy begins to run with wrong crowd and soon finds himself in a situation beyond his control.
However, the events that transpire are a beautiful illustration of hope and faith. The Christmas Star is a touching story that will warm your heart. I encourage you all to read this special book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Abingdon Press. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
December 12, 2013
Wonderful example of Hope and courage.
When I began reading The Christmas Star, I wondered what sort of story is wasÃ¢ÂÂ¦ I mean, Christmas is supposed to represent family, love, peace, joy, happinessÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Maybe soÃ¢ÂÂ¦ but not many books are written about a happy, joyful season. Instead we read about a young boy desperately trying to raise money to buy his mother a special gift before she diesÃ¢ÂÂ¦ on Christmas Eve. Another story is ItÃ¢ÂÂs A Wonderful Life, where George (our hero) is contemplating suicide.
These stories donÃ¢ÂÂt represent the lives we wish we lived, they represent the lives we find ourselves living Ã¢ÂÂ illness, death, bankruptcy, war Ã¢ÂÂ but somehow we survive, usually a little stronger than we were before.
Christmas is a time of hopeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ hope for the future, hope for the joy and happiness we search for all year.
This story is a wonderful example of how a young man copes with the loss of his dad at Christmas timeÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Young Jimmy begins to rebel after the death of his dad, but with the love of his mom and the support of his community, he just might find a little hopeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ enough to make the right choice.
I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to give away anything else, so IÃ¢ÂÂll let you read the book for yourself. Read it. YouÃ¢ÂÂll be blessed.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Abingdon Press.
December 10, 2013
A heartwarming story at Christmas
This is a delightful historical novel to read at the Christmas season.
It's a few days before Christmas, 1945. Jimmy Reed and his mom are going to have to celebrate Christmas alone. Jimmy's dad had been killed in the early days of World War II. Jimmy struggles with the loss, pain and anger. His work in high school is falling. He's beginning to run with the wrong crowd.
By God's grace there are people in Jimmy's life who try to help him get on the right path. Like the school bus driver who has hardly anything to his name yet so freely gives what he does have. And then a fellow soldier stops by to tell Jimmy of his father's heroic actions.
Jimmy begins to realize the true meaning of Christmas and the real sacrifice his father made. But Jimmy has made some bad decisions. Is there any way he can get his life back before it is too late?
This is a great Christmas story, complete with a miracle at the end. Collins is at the top of his form with this novel. The characters are so real you feel like you know them. The small town of Ash Flat, Arkansas is brought to life through the wonderful people living there. Reading this novel was like taking a journey back in time to a simpler place, a place where people cared for each other and helped each other out. A truly heartwarming story.
Discussion questions at the back make this a great choice for a teen reading group.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
December 4, 2013