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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Blends fantasy and allegory to give families and children a fresh look at the wonder of the Incarnation and of the "Christmas" that occurs when God finds a lost sinner.
Dylan loves his familys yearly vacation to Holiday and wishes it could last all year. When he finds a flyer asking if hed like to keep Holiday, he encounters a bigger and better Holiday than the one his family has always visited; he also learns that entering it requires the Founders authorization. Thus begins Dylans quest to meet the one of whom people keep saying: "You cant find the Founder; he finds you./Hes not just the Founder, hes the Finder too."
As Dylan reads of Holidays origins, he experiences a number of adventures and meets characters who represent the sights and sounds he always finds in Holiday-characters who explain how each of these familiarities points to the Founders previous rescue of the citys inhabitants. And the more Dylan learns, the more he longs to personally know the one who holds the key to entering the "real Holiday."
Writing for elementary-age children and older, author, teacher, and grandmother Starr Meade offers a book that families can read together, discovering along with Dylan how God brings a person to faith. Keeping Holiday is also a charming, insightful way to help children grasp the meaning of the Incarnation.
Starr Meade served as the director of childrens ministries for ten years at her local church and taught Latin and Bible for eight years at a Christian school. She is a graduate of Arizona College of the Bible and has authored a number of books. Starr lives in Arizona with her husband, where she currently teaches homeschool students and is mother to three grown children and six grandchildren.
JUSTIN GERARD is an illustrator with Portland Studios. His work has been featured in Spectrum and Society of Illustrators. He is also a recipient of the IPPY Award for his illustrations in Beowulf Book One: Grendel the Ghastly. He lives in South Carolina.