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Courage, Love and the Meaning of Christmas by [Roundy, Shaun]
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About the Author

Shaun Roundy earned an MA in English from Utah State University and taught writing there and at Utah Valley University for over a decade. He has published four books and written various articles. Shaun was born in New Jersey, then moved to Massachussettes, California and Brazil before settling in the Rocky Mountains in Logan, Utah. He later moved to Spain, Taiwan, China, and Utah Valley, as well as working and traveling in many other states and countries, including a five-week, 2,500 mile sailing voyage to help a friend bring his boat home from Venezuela. Shaun enjoys spending time in the outdoors, climbing, mountaineering, camping, skiing, sailing, motorcycling and participating in other sports. He has volunteered on the Utah County Sheriff Search and Rescue team for over a decade, as well as chairing the Mountain Rescue Association's Intermountain Region. He appeared in the Discovery Channel's Raging Planet - Blizzards and KUED's award-winning Secrets of the Lost Canyon. Most of all, Shaun craves beauty, experience, wisdom, fun and adventure, and hopes to share that with everyone around him and make the world a better place.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1565 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1893594017
  • Publisher: The University of Life Press (December 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00318DBLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Everyone from Utah gives this five stars; everyone from elsewhere gives it three, so I'll buck the trend and give it two. I might have given it three if the poor proofreading hadn't dropped it a star--the main character "pours" over a book, and the author does have some confusion concerning the difference between "its" and "it's," which really is inexcusable in a book that has been published.

My main problem is with the characters and all that happens to them. Each of the main characters always seems to have the nicest thought, the most pure motivation, and never seems to question any of the other main characters. This in itself isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem completely believable, and I can't put my finger on why. I had the feeling all along that the narrator was telling me the best possible version of a story, whereas someone else might have mentioned some things that he left out. This is basically a story of a likeable young man who's very insecure finding his confidence and security through a girl, not through himself. It also reads often as an excuse to throw in some philosophy here and there--really profound wisdom coming from the mouths and minds of kids in their early 20's. Things just never fit for me.

I actually only reached the end because I was curious to see if there would be anything redeeming in it, but as someone pointed out, it's an extremely abrupt and uncomfortable ending that leads into a sales pitch for book two, which costs $2 more than this first one. I really didn't care if the two main characters ended up together, and I cared even less for his two friends at college, especially the liar who was proud to be a liar.

All in all, this left me feeling empty and a bit dismayed that I had spent so much time on it for no really good reason. The writer has talent with his prose style, but the story-telling and the flow of the narrative and the character development all seemed forced and formulaic.
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PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! If you are too late for this year, purchase for next year!
This book has touched my life in a way that I hope you will discover for yourself.
It is one of those books that you might think it could be ordinary but it turns out
extra ordinary. I think Oprah should put this in her favorite things to give for Christmas!
That is how much I loved it!
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I usually buy at least one special book to read and/or give to friends to read over the holidays. After these very positive reviewers I selected this one. I barely finished it.

In fact I skipped many pages due to the somewhat confusing narrative and Spencer's lack of focus. I understand that that was what the book was about partially: His search for the meaning of life and the meaning of Christmas, but the author seemed to be searching (and needs to find!) a better way to approach his readers. So now I'm at a loss who to loan this out to?
If you want a better Christmas "read" I suggest Christmas Joys, Everyday is Christmas, Christmas Gift, Christmas Box, The Gift of the Magi, Mrs. Miracle, and my all time favorite book for bringing out the Spirit in all of us "A Stranger for Christmas" by Carol Lynn Pearson. You will know more about the Meaning of Life and become part of Myrna's journey to find out if her family learned what she had taught!

Or you could just re-read the Gospel of Luke for the truest meaning of Life!
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I ordered this on my Kindle, and expected a warm, sentimental Christmas read, which it indeed was. That part is fine, although there are some problems with the novel in my opinion. First, I like the main character/narrator very much. He is very friendly and believable. and comes across as someone it would be a real pleasure to know. HIs character is also quite well defined. His concerns are believable, realistic and draw the reader into his thoughts and actions. ( The novel spends a large portion of its 150 pages concerned with life philosophies and religion which are interesting but do tend to bog down the plot.) The female main character is good, but less believable. I ended up with way too many "how come" questions for Netta. For example, she's 22 so, when the biggest crisis of the book appears for her character, why does it never seem to cross her mind that, as an adult, she could make an independent choice from the one her family makes? Other characters are not well defined, especially Jim, who seems slated to be established as an rival for the narrator, (and possibly not an entirely stable person) and then changes without sufficient reason. The motivation for this change is enough to maybe make him calm down, but not enough to totally make him graciously withdraw from the competition.) The narrator's college friends are interesting but underdeveloped in this book but apparently come into more action in the later books. For me, THAT was the real problem. The book is designed to be part one of a trilogy ( but we are not told that until the very last page of this book), the information at the end of the book indicating the 3rd book is not even finished yet.Read more ›
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The first couple chapters were a bit slow, but overall I really enjoyed this book. In some places I felt it really talked to me. I thought I would read it again, but when I got to the end only to find out it is not the end I was very disappointed.
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