We think curling up with a good book by the fireplace is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season. Of course, you’re free to pick up whatever book you choose, but if you’re looking for a truly toasty read this winter.
Here are the novels to keep you turning pages all December long. Not only should you read the finest Christmas literature, but you should also watch the best Christmas movies and listen to the best Christmas music.
Auggie the Dragon began with inspiration resulting from a conversation between three-year-old Ciera and her eccentric Gramma Sue. Gramma Sue’s heater went on, and the rest will become literary legend!
Auggie came to life through Ciera’s vision. The resulting saga follows Auggie and Gramma Sue on heartrending adventures, filled with whimsical accounts, and life lessons, all narrated by the voice of a five-year-old Ciera.
The twists and turns of this narrative for all ages fills the heart with anticipation and joy as Gramma Sue and Auggie overcome obstacles in assuring Auggie’s acceptance in a world often unwelcoming to those who are distinct.
These fictional stories spring from a lifetime of adventures of the author. Beyond that, the reader is directed to the notice by Mark Twain that prefaces Huckleberry Finn warning against looking for a motive, a moral, or worst of all, a plot.
All for FRIENDSHIP
True love often triumphs through the most complex of circumstances. Rachael Pendleton and Roman “Romey” Sinclair are two people who connected with each other and have been the best of friends since childhood. This special connection they share has triumphed over all else that has gone amiss in their lives. They each always knew that they would always be there for each other no matter what.
AND for LOVE
But Rachael and Romey share something else-a deep love for each other that neither will acknowledge. Both have had relationships with other people, but they never lasted because some very important elements were missing…. true friendship, honesty, and love. When Romey ends up marrying a materialistic, self-centered woman, Rachael must find a way to let her inhibitions go or lose the man she truly loves forever.
While I realize that there are countless books about love and relationships and the aspects of what relationship love looks like, I am addressing love from a different angle – an angle that is not often seen. There is a diabolical force that blocks the ability to feel and express love. This force is truly the “dark side” since it is underlying our every attempt to give and obtain the most important and powerful force in the universe. It all starts with understanding the intricacies of love and the forces that would hinder and even attempt to destroy love. Most of us have asked ourselves during portions of our life why we may do what we do and why the world around us is so hostile, resistant, and self-centered. Love can overcome anything, as long as we know the origin of love and the Giver of love.
Examine a challenging issue of the day with honesty and hope.
John Ruiz M.Div., BCC
Has served in ministry for over 25 years as both a local pastor and a hospital chaplain specializing in the emergency department and hospice/palliative care.
These books will be great stories to read for children, for yourself and for your family during these holiday seasons.