From Publishers Weekly
This holiday novella's premise is a Christmas-time court battle over a live crèche scene set up in the town square of Possum, Va. Thomas Hammond loves playing Joseph in this crèche, and he is determined to keep turning out for his role regardless of what the ACLU or a decidedly Grinch-like judge has to say about it. His resolve earns him the respect of some of his fellow church-goers, but it also lands him in jail. He is defended by Jasmine Woodfaulk, a third-year law student who sticks with the case even though its notoriety costs her a plum job at a top law firm in New York. By the end of this story, of course, folks who disagree about the constitutionality of crèches manage to unite in the celebration of Christmas. Sometimes it is unclear when the author is aiming for satire and when he is playing it straight. For example, when Jasmine goes to argue her appeal before a three-judge appellate court, the one judge obviously on her side is an African-American Bush appointee conveniently named Judge Clarence. Then there's Theresa, Thomas's wife, who doesn't seem to know what a cell phone is. Nonetheless, this fresh approach to Christmas inspiration will stand out.
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About the Author
is the critically acclaimed author of four legal thrillers, including Self Incrimination,
and two nonfiction books. His first novel, Directed Verdict
, won the Christy Award in 2003 for the best Christian suspense novel. A veteran trial lawyer, he teaches at Regent Law School and serves as Chief Counsel for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is also President of FamilyNet Television and a member of the Board of Legal Advisors for the American Center for Law and Justice. He and his wife, Rhonda, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.