ChristianBookNotes.com - Terry Delaney
There is much in this book to be loved and enjoyed by the reader. At first blush, a story about Christmas and Santa and elves does not seem to be conducive to keeping Christ in Christmas as the cliche goes. Matt does an excellent job of showing how "Christmas is more than just presents" (stated by Santa on p. 46). At another point in the book, we get a picture of Santa praying to Christ. In essence, Matt has written a timeless tale of the beauty that is the spirit of Christmas. It is not only captivating for children, but adults as well.
If there is one criticism it would be the changing of the voice in the middle of the book. This was done intentionallya la Burl Ives. The book begins with the omnipotent perspective as most stories do and then moves to the more personal level in order to give the reader a feel for the struggle of the main character. Mission Accomplished, Matt!Recommendation
If you are looking for a fun read that offers some teachable moments and life-lessons, then A Tale for Christmas
is worth your time and money. As I stated earlier, kids and adults will enjoy this read. It may even make for a great family read aloud in December. At 24 chapters, you could start on 1 December and finish on Christmas Eve.
About the Author
Matt was raised in a loving Pennsylvania home where both the parents and the kids (all nine of them) couldn't wait for Christmas to come. As soon the first nip of cold was in the air the decorations came out of the attic, Bing Crosby and Burl Ives songs began to spin on the record player, and Mom started the arts and crafts sessions in force. Yes, Matt's family loved many of the "commercial aspects" of the holiday, be even more important than those commercial traditions was the timeless Christian message associated with the birth of our Saviour.
Today, Matt and his wife continue to instill those values in their two beautiful daughters; Angelina and Elizabeth. And now, through his illustrated Christmas Adventure book, Matt hopes to share that message of God's love with a global population.