Words of…

Introducing “Words of …” Wednesday!

Words of wisdom, inspiration, humor, take your pick. Just some cool quotes I’d love to share. Here is today’s.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

Let me preface this a little bit. After a particularly busy week where I had about a dozen obligations to meet, work, and items to check off my Christmas list (particularly a large project I was undertaking as a homemade gift for my in-laws), I was maybe a little lacking in Christmas spirit. Anyone else feeling this way??? I think I just heard at least a hundred “amens” echo around the world just now, right?!

But everything got done and we loaded up our family in the car to make our two hour drive to grandma and grandpa’s house for a family party the week before Christmas. I took a big breath of relief to know that despite my earlier feelings of panic it was all fine now. I was taking one last sweep of the house and about to walk out the door when I saw this little book that I had picked up at the library a couple weeks ago sitting next to my bed. Now I had picked this book up while passing through and I recall saying to myself, “I don’t know why I am checking this out I probably won’t even get time to read it. I don’t know if I’ll even like it anyway.” For some reason, however, I still checked it out and took it home and there it had sat on my night stand ever since. Well I decided last minute to grab it and read it during the drive.

So I am going backwards, I’m going to give you my thoughts first then the book info.

My Take On It: I am so glad that I grabbed this little book! It truly warmed my heart. I came away remembering who Santa is and what he stands for and who he symbolizes and why. I read about the gifts that don’t cost money and can’t be bought at a store. I read this quick 100 page book in about 3 hours total. It’s written for grown-ups and children alike. Santa shares his favorite memories of Christmas and tells the stories of who he is and how he came to be that have been passed down over the centuries.

One of my favorite quotes from the book: “Sometimes grown-ups worry about whether they should tell their children about me. These parents mean well, of course, but they need to ask themselves if they have lost their child’s heart. I come to add to the wonder , delight, and joy of the Christmas season. Children who believe in me are not hurt by that belief. On the contrary! Children who believe in me often have more joy and wonder all their lives long. They become people who celebrate Christmas all year round.”

I love Christmas and am a collector of Christmas books, this is one that I need for my collection! Check out the info below. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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The True Meaning of Christmas written by Santa Claus with the help of Mitch Finely

Published by Crossroad Publishing in September of 2008

Blurb: This story of Santa Claus in his own words will delight children and grown-ups everywhere. Filled with magical star-dusted anecdotes and Santa’s fond memories of the feast of light, this precious book is a reminder of the deeper meaning of Christmas and of the grandeur of those gifts that one can neither buy nor touch. Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, the story of the Grinch, a loving introduction to Mrs. Claus, and a retelling of the first crèche set up by St. Francis of Assisi are some of the delightful tales that radiate the spirit of wonder and kindness contained within these pages.

 

 

 

 

Give Away!

Alrighty! Let’s give away a free book! I recently reviewed Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella. Please Check out that review here.

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I won a copy of this book recently and I’d like to pass it along to one of you!  Enter to win this book in 3 ways: by commenting on this post, sharing my facebook post/link, and commenting on the facebook post. You will be entered to win for each of these things that you do.So do all 3 and you are entered 3 times! Good luck! I will announce the winner on Friday!

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Helen of Sparta

“It was as if the future itself were still in motion, unset until the moments claimed us.”
Amalia Carosella, Helen of Sparta      

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Written by: Amalia Carosella

Published by: Lake Union Publishing in April of 2015

Blurb: Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.

A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.

My take on it:  When I read the blurb for this book it sounded really interesting and for the most part it was. There were some really good things about it and some things I could have done with out. Of course,it made me curious about all of the ancient Greek stories and versions of Helen and those surrounding her before Troy. So naturally I had to search it out more for myself. I think that Amalia Carosella did her research and a great job of taking what was there and creating a new and  very believable version of what could have happened. She brought Helen to life and gave her a very likable personality. This version of Helen is not just one of a pretty face, but one who is smart, brave, and selfless. I really enjoyed the story line. It is not a fast paced adventure as much as it is a love story. Be aware that this book does contain the sensitive topic of rape. It also goes into several love making scenes, so just be aware of that as it is not apparent from the cover or the blurb. The parts that I could have done without are merely personal preference, however, and my opinions are not everyone’s. I thought it was an interesting twist on Helen’s story and I do enjoy ancient Greek Mythology, so if you do too and you don’t mind the sexual content then you should definitely pick this one up!

From what I can see there will be a sequel… But it could definitely stand on it’s own as well.

Pssstt: There will be a giveaway coming up for this book very soon!