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Rozanne Paxman was born and raised in a small town in central Utah. For 25 years, she taught music - both privately and in the public schools. After a brief stint in the corporate world, she founded the top digital scrapbooking website - ScrapGirls.com.
One day in 2006 - to amuse her newsletter readers - she included a Life Muse (a short article about her experiences and feelings). The response was so overwhelming that in just two week's time, sales doubled and readership shot up. Her Life Muses appeared in the newsletter as a regular feature until she sold the company in mid-2012. In 2007, she began writing 12-part Christmas serials as gifts for her faithful readers. Her stories became a beloved company Christmas tradition that her readers looked forward to all year long.
It is at her readers urging that she began turning her works into Kindle books.
I am definitely buying this book of Ro's Christmas Miracles for my Kindle! I have read these stories before they became a book and they are wonderful, heartfelt stories written beautifully by Rozanne Paxman. I believe that Ro writes as if she were telling a story out loud and once I start reading anything she has written I am mesmerized by her words and just want to hear more. These are beautiful stories and I would recommend them to everyone who believes in miracles and to those who don't in hopes that after reading her stories, they will believe.
I can't wait to have all of Rozanne's stories all together in my hands to read once again!
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There was originally a glitch with this book. The problem was fixed expeditiously by the author but my review update lagged. This review has been substantially changed.
As a veteran married to a military retiree, this book touched my heart. Each story has individual strengths and raises fascinating issues.
Here I Raise My Ebenezer was deeply moving and left me pondering just how miraculous life (and afterlife) can be. The letter to readers at the end of this story will tell you a lot about the author and her commitments. Plus I learned about the Ebenezer stone. What? You don't know about that either? You could probably just do a search, but I liked the book. It's always wonderful to learn while also being entertained.
Open Your Eyes has elements of A Christmas Carol and It's A Wonderful Life, but it's still precious when people have a chance to see things through adult eyes with more than a child's understanding.
The Christmas Story Jar had the most impact on me. It uses letters between a young woman far from home and her mother to present the whole story. Both women are loving and giving, but between the letters and life experiences, you can also see maturity and faith increasing. I simply did not want this story to end. Besides there are some yummy looking recipes included. Now if I could just figure out how to make a Christmas Story Jar...
This one's a keeper for me. I plan on rereading it next year about this time. Then again maybe it will get pulled up in June or July when I want to think about something other than the AZ low desert heat.
While I would love to read, "The Christmas Story Jar, it is actually missing from my Kindle edition of Three Christmas Miracles. The story titled "The Christmas Story Jar" is the same as the second story "Open Your Eyes," which I'm guessing is done in error.
"Here I Raise My Ebenezer" is about the freedom found in forgiving oneself.
While I enjoyed "Here I Raise My Ebenezer," my favorite is "Open Your Eyes." In "Open Your Eyes," Henry is taken on a journey which reveals to him how his father's upbringing and pride affect how he in turn treated Henry as a boy and later as a young man. Henry's journey also enables him to foresee the possible consequences if he continues the course he is presently heading on with his own life and with his own children.
"Open Your Eyes" might cause some to take a look at their own lives and discover what really is most important.
The character development for multiple family members and even generations in this book is amazing for such short pieces.
The writer helps us see things from the perspective of several individuals. What a gift to be able to do that! To quote Thoreau: "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"
Uplifting, thought-provoking, and heartwarming, these three stories are a wonderful read for the Christmas season.
Here I Raise My Ebenezer is dedicated to our military and tells the tale of two soldiers who served in Iraq. One did not come home; but the story is more about healing than heartbreak. "It's about more than this life."
Open Your Eyes brings Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, to mind. As with Dickens, we get to see a life examined in a miraculous way. But the ending still caught me up short.
The Christmas Story Jar will hit home with many, especially with women who've married and started their own families.
This story is set in the 1980s and told in letters back and forth, between mother and daughter.
Mama shares advice and assistance, lessons of frugality and coping learned in her own early married years: cloth diapers save money; how to make powdered milk more palatable; many recipes to fit a tight budget.
It's about making memories and treasuring them. Sometimes we only realize the blessings we had in hindsight.
There's a side plot, as well, involving interfamily miscommunication and estrangement - a favorite theme of this writer. Be aware of how loved ones may take - or mistake - what you say.
You really get a lot for your money in Three Christmas Miracles.
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This was my first time reading one of Rozanne's books. And I couldn't put this down until I read all three stories. They touched my heart. What a wonderful way to bring on the Christmas season. I will be reading these every year. Rozanne outdid herself on these books and what a bargain too. 3 books in 1. This would make a great Christmas present for your friends and family!
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