The Christmas Star
A Christmas Miracle!
The Christmas Star is the first book I have read by Ace Collins and it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gave it the 5 stars it deserves.
There is a huge message of love, forgiveness, faith and hope in this wonderful story. Jimmy Reed learns about all of them. He learns that no matter how angry he is, how bleak the circumstances are and how hopeless things appear they don't have to stay that way.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. I promise you will not be disappointed. I just finished this book and I am feeling good! Thank you Ace Collins!
December 31, 2012
The Christmas Star is a Search for Hope.
The Christmas Star
By Ace Collins
Jimmy Reed is angry - angry at God, angry at Christmas. But in his opinion his anger is justified, after all his father was killed in action and everyone else's is coming home.
Three years ago Robert Reed was killed in the Philippines Since then life has lost something for Jimmy and Christmas is just a reminder of what he has lost. But this year, Jimmy is going to get even with Christmas, if only he can remember to forget who his father was.
But friends are reaching out to Jimmy, teaching him about the man his father was. But Jimmy made a choice and is now regretting his rash decision. Jimmy doesn't know who to turn to or how to get himself out this mess that he has become entangled in.
When Jimmy discovers an old letter from his father his life is about to change. But will he allow a message, written years ago, to heal his heart or will it drive him further into despair?
But Robert Reed's life touched more people than Jimmy ever realized. Two days before Christmas a solider tells Jimmy a different story about how his father died. Robert died trying to save kids from Japanese bombers.
Christmas 1945 is one that Jimmy won't soon forget as he rediscovers hope! The Christmas Star is a story that will touch your heart. You will hurt with Jimmy as he struggles to come to terms with who he is and who he wants to become. The Christmas Star will warm your heart and give you hope as Christmas comes to Ash Flats and the Reed household.
I received a copy of this title for the purpose of this review, but all opinions expressed are my own.
November 27, 2012
The Christmas Star
Some really good Christian points are brought out in this story. Dealing with the aftermath of his fathers death, Jimmy, is struggling. He is one angry boy and getting into trouble.
Love how Calvin, his school bus driver, is sent at just the right time to meet Jimmy. What a man, who is living his faith. We also travel with Jimmy as he decides to help a group of thieves rob his Mother's boss.
We wonder what is going to happen to this family. Did enjoy the discovery in the family Bible.
What I really had a hard time with was the ending. It was very unbelievable and was not really explained at all.
This is a cute Christmas read that shows some really great Holiday Spirit.
I received this book from the Publisher Abingdon Press, and Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
November 26, 2012
World War II, Emotional Trauma, Healing & Friendsh
Ace Collins in his new book, Ã¢ÂÂThe Christmas StarÃ¢ÂÂ published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Jimmy Reed.
From the back cover: Can the broken heart of a child be healed by an unexpected Christmas letter?
Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas, the final decoration Marge Reed hangs on the familyÃ¢ÂÂs tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.
Yet a message delivered by one of RobertÃ¢ÂÂs fellow soldiers and a mystery letter found in a Bible put a fatherÃ¢ÂÂs sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.
Ace Collins seems to understand the trauma you receive when you are a teenage boy and your father dies. It seems your whole world dies with you. And you have no idea of how to deal with that pain so you lash out at the world and that only gets you into trouble. That is exactly what is happening to Jimmy Reed. ItÃ¢ÂÂs been three years since his father died in World War II and he is not improving. However there are individuals in his life who want to see him healed of his pain and set out to do exactly that. Mr. Collins throws in all kinds of sub-plots that keep the story moving briskly however the focus is on Jimmy. Through Mr. CollinsÃ¢ÂÂ excellent writing skills we come to understand Jimmy and want him to be healed from his almost crushing pain. We rejoice when he rejoices but I am not going to give away major plot points. You are just going to have to read this book. I guarantee you will really enjoy it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
November 17, 2012