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The Christmas Quilt: A Novel Paperback – October 2, 2002

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Thomas J. Davis is professor and chair of religious studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the author of The Christmas Quilt, John Calvin, and other books, and the managing editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation. He lives with his family in Danville, Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140160031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401600310
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas J. Davis is Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Professor of Religious Studies, and Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Joining the faculty in 1989, he has also worked since then with Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation. After receiving a B.A. in history from West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia) and an M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, he earned his PhD in the history of Christianity and the history of Christian thought from the University of Chicago.

Professor Davis has proudly spent his entire professional academic career at IUPUI with his responsibilities split between the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. He chaired the department from 2003-2008. From 2008-2011 he sat as the Thomas H. Lake Chair in Religion and Philanthropy.

Professor Davis's interests (and writings) are wide ranging.

His academic specialty is the history and thought of the European Reformation. His first book, The Clearest Promises of God: The Development of Calvin's Eucharistic Teaching (1995), has been called "epoch making." Another book on Eucharistic thought in the Reformation, This Is My Body: The Presence of Christ in Reformation Thought, appeared in 2008, characterized in review as both "elegant and erudite." In 2005, Davis published John Calvin, a biography targeted for high school students. An edited book that focuses on John Calvin's influence on American culture, John Calvin's American Legacy, came out in 2010. Religion in Philanthropic Organizations: Family, Friend, Foe? is an edited volume that came out of Davis's work as Lake Chair.

Two books on death/dying/grief appeared in the 1990s. By the Waters of Babylon: One Family's Faith-Journey through Illness appeared in 1995. It was optioned by Readers' Digest. In 1999 it was translated into Chinese. In 1998, God in My Grief: The Music of Grace when Loss Lives On appeared. Both works are nonfiction for general audiences.

Davis has published three novels. The first, The Christmas Quilt (2000), received glowing reviews, from Michigan to Florida, Virginia to California. It has appeared in six different print editions, including a Doubleday Book Club edition. The Aluminum Christmas Tree followed in 2005 and received an Ingram Book Company Premier Pick designation. Both novels saw publication in mass-market paperback editions.

The Devil Likes to Sing is the latest book from Thomas J. Davis (2014). It is a quirky fable about the nature of temptation. Philip Gulley has said that it "ranks with Twain for wit and satire." It's a laugh-out-loud book that also deals seriously with questions of self-identity.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ironically, I read this book on Christmas Eve. However, it's message can be realized at any time of the year. The book's focus is on a twelve-year old boy during the final months of his grandmother's life. His relationship with her and her "final lessons" are very heart warming. No nail-biting plot, nor exploding ending, but I finished the book feeling renewed. If you want a feel-good book with no profanity, violence or sex, give this book a try. Recommended to all readers of Christian fiction.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Spencer on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As I read this, I kept thinking of my grandmother, whose childhood was very similar. This is a good read for teens and adults alike, as it is told from the viewpoint of an older man as he remembers seven months of his childhood during 1942. A teen struggling to find him/herself can relate to this young man growing up in a small town torn between the draw of the world and the love of home. Those who grew up in a rural or small town, will identify greatly with the lifestyle and story presented. It features no profanity or other adult-content imagery. It is sweet without being sappy, so enjoy!

I also loved this because the descriptions and way of life recalled are part of my own past. I am young, but this tells a life similar to my ancestors and brings this way of living to reality for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Coppertop on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a different type of book. You know in the first paragraph what goes on at Christmas, but the book is then a lead up to those events. It is an interesting look at family and struggle in the poor rural south. The truth you find out about Joe I suspected, but it was a realistic ending for the time and place. I think in the end you see that these months in 1942 are what changes a boy into a man who can make something out of himself, instead of following in his uncle's footsteps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nana27 on October 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a teacher of literature and I highly recommend this book for all ages. I am suggesting it for my bookclub read this month!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Zellermayer on September 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book captures the entire deep south experience from a boy's point of view. The creeks and fields, as well as the dirt, comes alive with Davis' descriptions. He aptly tells of Southern relationships, community, and the hardships that were endured as a part of life. What a delightful find. I hope that Davis will continue to write such treasures!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sauer on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading, "The Christmas Quilt". Wow! Loved it! It should be a best seller! Loved the way the author blended the introspective thoughts of the older narrator into the mind & storyline of the 12-13 young boy (w/ countless little jewels of humor). The book amply describes in very tangible terms all the days chores, w/ its sweat and all the depth of the relationships of a large country family. The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the faster I read. The last 160 pages (of the 280) went very fast.

In these overly fast times where family ties are pretty thin, this book is a real treat to wax over. Thanks Mr. Thomas J. Davis for your grand book of compassion, wisdom and family!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lady jane in va. on October 2, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book.arrived to me torn, bent and smashed. it was just for me though.
i expected more "old fashioned Christmas" from this book. so i was disappointed.
Jane gleason
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