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Christmas in My Soul: A Second Collection Hardcover – October 2, 2001

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Editorial Reviews Review

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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Product Details

  • Series: Christmas in My Soul (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; First Edition edition (October 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385498608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385498609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,783,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lana Frazier on January 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like the Joe Wheeler books, but am beginning to see far too many repeated stories in them!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Banshee on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's still another collection of syrupy-sticky-sweet little stories where characters are magically transformed into goody-goody do-gooders at least once a year.

First story is about a kid with bad feet who gets pretty orthopedic shoes by a talented old shoemaker who may or may not be a pedophile.

Second features an overweight, baby-famished young fiancee who should have been smart to break off the engagement because her medicine-practicing beau hated kids, but caring for a stray little kitten makes him stellar daddy material overnight so now she can manipulate him into giving her 12 babies that would make the couple far poorer than when he was a kid with 9 hungry siblings.

I like the third story best, where a church in New Mexico suddenly gets a beautiful new staircase, though I don't believe snow actually fell there.

Fourth story is about a perfect Victorian couple with a perfect new baybee, but their perfect fairy-tale life suddenly isn't so perfect anymore when the perfect, too-generous-to-be-true husband wants to invite half the town to a big party while the perfect wifey-poopsy wants a quiet Christmas with the perfect new famblee. The perfect husband is really nice, of course, but if he keeps going back on his mate's wishes, she would be asking for a divorce next Christmas! ;)

Fifth is where an obviously happily single loner gets trapped in his own safe vault for Christmas, so he starts being nicer to everyone else (so he would survive next time, of course!)

Last story is about a little urchin and his favorite teddy bear who had both lost their eyes (the former from an accident, of course. So time to turn the cooking pot the other way, Mom.) But they both get their precious eyes back for Christmas, naturally.
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