Joe Wheeler, editor of Christmas in My Soul: A Second Collection
, devotes his life "to the preservation of the old-timey value-based story." Here are some examples of such stories: A crippled child receives magical red shoes so that she can look just like other girls; an antisocial banker, accidentally locked in the vault on Christmas, emerges to discover he wasn't missed, and resolves to be more connected to his community; a mysterious carpenter miraculously builds a staircase in a church whose structure seemed unable to allow for the addition. In his introduction to this volume, Wheeler says these stories are "like that haunting melody that keeps sweeping the harp strings of your soul, and doesn't ever leave ... so you couldn't forget if you tried." Each of these six stories has a clear moral or religious lesson and plainly drawn characters, and the book itself will fit snugly in the toe of a Christmas stocking. --Michael Joseph Gross
From Publishers Weekly
Drawn from the Christmas in My Heart stories, this second installment of Wheeler's Christmas in My Soul franchise delivers exactly what readers have come to expect: sweet, inspirational, undemanding holiday stories. If there is a difference, it's that the majority of these are postwar, even contemporary, and that they are what Wheeler considers the cream of the crop: instead of 15 to 19 stories, this gift book offers just six. Margaret Sangster, clearly one of Wheeler's favorite authors, appears once again here with "Small Gifts," though the most touching stories are Anita Fordyce's "Red Shoes" and Christine Whiting Parmenter's "Christmas Magic."
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