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The Forgotten Carols a christmas Story & Songs Unknown Binding – 1991


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company (1991)
  • ASIN: B003HFG4PU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,551,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Christmas tradition to be read every year.
Carina L. Klemetz Aceves
The story of the Forgotten Carols rekindles the true meaning of Christmas.
"harkman"
I'm buying several copies for Christmas gifts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Duncan on May 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This story, though short is due to become a classic Christmas story much in the same vein as "A Christmas Carol"
Constance is a hurting soul even though she would deny it.
Working as nurse in a city hospital, she is given a special assignment to watch over Uncle John while his family is away for the holidays. What Constance thinks is going to be a routine assignment turns out to be anything but! And what you think is a routine Christmas story is anything but!
I never saw the outcome ahead of time and read it through eyes brimming with tears. The CD is a wonderful additon and gives life to the written word. I will buy this for mysef and for some well chosen friends. We often get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday, and setting aside a special evening to read this book and listen to the music, will center you and prepare your heart to receive the most wonderful gift of all... Christ's love.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kimiiii on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I went to a live performance of "The Forgotten Carols" play 5 years ago without ever having heard the music. I was deeply touched with a sweet feeling of peace and appreciation for Christ's birth and life, as told be the characters in each song, as well as the fabulous Connie Lou. The Innkeeper (song:Let Him In) tells of how he felt when he turned Mary and Joseph away and then later realized whom he had really turned away. A shepherd who slept through the sighting of the first Christmas star struggles to believe what his friends tell him when they return from seeing Baby Jesus (song: The Shepherd/You Were Not There In Bethlehem). To top it off, Michael McLean is a gifted performer who can intertwine humor, sadness, reverence, and joy in a masterpiece that has become a tradition in many people's lives. I will go anywhere to see this performance every Christmastime and the beautiful music rings throughout our home during the Holidays. I can't give Michael McLean enough praise for such an entertaining production with such a deep, heartfelt message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "harkman" on August 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The story of the Forgotten Carols rekindles the true meaning of Christmas. The book is based around a nurse who doesn't believe in anything that has to do with Christmas and has no family. Her hospital assigns her to go and take care of one family's aging uncle, John. As the story continues, John introduces her to his carols about the forgotten parts of Christmas and the people who played roles that many forget about as they head to the department stores to take part in the materialized part of Christmas. Some of these characters include the innkeeper and the inn, the shepards, and Joseph. This book has been in my family since it came out and we read it many times every holiday season. If you purchase this book I recommend the audio cassette to accompany because it is read by the Glen Yarbrough and it include the Forgotten Carol songs such as "I cry the day I take the tree down," "Joseph:I was not his father, he was mine," and a great rendition of a Messiah medley called "Handel's Dream." This book is a must and will be the perfect addition to your Christmas
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Michael McLean has taken those whose stories were never told about the nativity and put them to music. He as also presented their personalities and feelings - like the innkeeper, the shepherds. He continues on to encourage our brothers and sisters who are homeless, by reminding each of us that Christ too was without a home, yet accoplished so very much. Personnaly, Brother McLean brings to life the feelings of a barren women like myself, the pain that we've felt, yet the joy we have as we share in the lives of others children. An absolutely inspiring, encouraging and humbling book - so creative, in that it is not only a story book, but is complete with sheet music and a tape is available to play while you read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Hemeyer on October 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Forgotten Carols has become a Christmas Tradition in our home. Our entire family loves the story so much, and the music is truly amazing. We have made the Forgotten Carols part of our traditional Christmas Eve. Each December 24th we sit around a roaring fire with our entire family and begin reading the book. Each family member takes turns reading a chapter. It is truly a wonderful book and one of our favorite Christmas Traditions!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on November 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Once again another beautiful piece of work by Michael McLean. It helps you to really get in touch with Christmas and what it's really all about. I love this book and it has become a Christmas tradition for me. Connie Lou is now one of our favorite Christmas characters! This book is just the hardcover copy and includes a songbook in it. You'd have to purchase the CD seperately (which I already had). A really great piece of work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The narration by Glen Yarbrough is superb, and is reminiscent of childhood storytelling, yet in an adult manner. The book tells the story of a modern-day woman, and will strike home with many listeners. There are original songs mixed in that, during the first listening, you will enjoy, but by the 3rd or 4th your heart will be singing along. A great story to hear while you sit in front of the fireplace and sip wine or hot spiced cider with your family on Christmas Eve!
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