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Checkin' It Twice & Other Heartwarming Holiday Tales Paperback – October 31, 2012
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Featuring LDS Authors: Checkin’ It Twice by Michael Young Foreign Exchange by Teresa G. Osgood Slushballs by Janice Sperry Fishing Buddy by Rob Smales Christmas Bus by LeeAnn Setzer Broken Things by Angie Lofthouse Gifts from Jesus by Kasey Eyre Substitute Santa by Gussie Fick Third Strike Christmas by Brian C. Ricks Christmas Stash by Jennifer Ricks Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh by Weston Elliott Milkshakes and Mittens by Brenda J. Anderson The Real Magic by LisaAnn Turner With Wondering Awe by Jennifer Carson Shelton A Soldier’s Christmas by Amie Borst The Two Hundred Forty-fourth Ornament by Jennifer Ricks
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I was particularly touched by the story "With Wondering Awe" by Jennifer Carson Shelton. When I was four-year-old little girl, my dad left for work on December 19th. I never saw him again because he died in a car accident that night on his way home from work. His funeral was December 24th. Needless to say, Christmas was very different that year and in subsequent years. It's been four decades since that dark, sad night, but every year I remember my dad and I can't help but be a little sad for all the Christmases over the years that we've missed.
The character in this story, "With Wondering Awe," has a similar experience, except it's her sister. when the story begins she is still mourning the loss of her sister a year before and she doesn't want to enjoy Christmas without her sister. By the end of the story, she realizes that her sister wants her to be happy and to go on living. It reminds me of what the pastor says in Courageous when he tells the main character, a mourning father, to stop being mad about what time he wouldn't have with his daughter and to be thankful for all the time he did have with her.
I was also touched by the story, "A Soldier's Christmas" by Amie Borst. It reminded me of my mother and how she must have felt when my father died. In this story, a young mother must face the death of her husband. I loved the poem in the story. It made me all teary.
Both of these stories really touched my heart, but I enjoyed all of them. I recommend you read this book next to a roaring fire while sipping some hot chocolate. It's a wonderful compilation from very talented writers.
The stories written are devoted to the true meaning of Christmas and entertaining as well. One of my favorite from the list is "Foreign Exchange" by Teresa G. Osgood. This story hits your heart as Paul and his family, learn a lesson about opening their hearts to those we don't know well and the blessing of doing the right thing for the right reason.
Fishing Buddy by Rob Smales is a delightful story of a fisherman and his interesting evening with a special fishing buddy.
Broken Things by Angie Lofthouse was a heartwarming story of redemption and forgiveness. It brought tears to my eyes and I thought about it the rest of the day.
Most of the stories have a wonderful, unexpected twist and leave you wanting to read more. This collection is a great combination of humor and thought provoking ideals. Enjoy!!