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Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Ambassador International
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Author: Andrea Rodgers
Located in: Iowa
Submitted: September 07, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I wanted to be a novelist from the time I was a little girl. My passion never wavered, even when I put creative writing on hold for "a real job." I majored in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University and worked at a Christian music station prior to being a stay-at-home-mom of two children. I wrote The 20th Christmas when my oldest started kindergarten.
What was your motivation behind this project? I'd always wanted to write a Christmas-theme book. I love reading them and watching all of the holiday movies each year. I enjoy Christmas music and, ever since I was thirteen and first heard Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," I was interested in writing a story with that as the theme song. During the fall of 2013, my church had a service about how we each have a specific gift to be instruments of God. I was ashamed to admit that I'd never used mine to write for God. I wanted to thank Him for not abandoning me throughout the years--to write a book about trusting Him--but after the holidays. God said "no, now is the time," when I awoke from a powerful dream the first week of November. I grabbed my notebook beside my bed and scribbled down as much as I could. Th 20th Christmas was completed a month later.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The 20th Christmas turned out to be more than just a book about a toddler named Chase who is kidnapped from a coffee shop; it's a story about parents' love. . .and of a marriage over time. . .and of how tragedy can harden a previously soft person. It's about letting go of our ideas of how life should be, especially in our instant-gratification-quick-fix society, and seeing the whole picture in God's time and way. Even though the book is fiction, these elements in our world are real and something we can all relate to. If just one person can have renewed faith and hope in their own life, then I did what I was supposed to with this book. Thankfully, most of us never have to experience a child abduction, but we all go through our own set of circumstances which affect us forever. Maybe The 20th Christmas can give readers a new perspective to whatever they are facing in their own life.