Sarah Price Shares Her Favorite Christmas Books
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And with that, I begin dusting off my favorite Christmas books. I’m pleased that Books-a-Million asked me to share my most-loved holly jolly reading list with you.
#1: The Gospels
Yes, every holiday season I read the Gospels. To truly celebrate Christmas, I believe everyone should read the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And not just the nativity sections but the entire journey of Jesus. Christmas is more than trees, lights, and gifts. I like to remind myself and my children of that fact.
#2: Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber
This book was just published in October. But you cannot go wrong with a Debbie Macomber book. Personally, I love the premise of the story…young woman does not get along with her neighbor. (cough cough…ditto in my life). Over the holidays, Julia learns to appreciate her neighbor in a surprising way. While I don’t believe I’ll ever “fall” for my neighbor (she’s mean), I cheer for Julia in this fun romantic holiday book.
#3: Because of Bethlehem: Love Is Born, Hope Is Here by Max Lucado
Another new book that was just published in September 2016. Frankly, anything by Max Lucado makes my list of favorite books. He has several that focus on Christmas. Mr. Lucado just has a way of explaining and inspiring his readers. He asks questions that we all think and answers them in a way that we can all understand.
#4: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
I love the Kranks. They decide to skip Christmas and plan to take a cruise to the Caribbean instead of celebrating the holidays at home. But even the best laid plans can be up-ended. I loved the part when the neighbors rebel against their non-decorated house, especially since last year, my family went to Belize on Christmas Day so we didn’t decorate. We were the lone house on the street without so much as a single candle in the window. I know how the Kranks felt, for sure and certain!
#5: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
How anyone can go through the holidays without reading (or at least watching) A Christmas Carol is beyond me! This classic by Charles Dickens is a perfect reminder that we always have time to change. Scrooge is such a rotten person at the beginning of the story. His transformation is amazing. Three cheers for the three ghosts who show him where he has been and where he is headed. This book was the inspiration behind my novella, An Amish Christmas Carol, which I wrote for my readers who love Amish fiction.
#6: The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
Not only do I love this book, I love the story BEHIND the book. Originally written as a Christmas gift for his daughters, Mr. Evans only printed twenty copies to hand out as gifts. Today, over seven million people have read this charming story about a widow and the young family who steps into her life at Christmas. An inspirational story, the evoked good feelings remind me of my own Christmas book, Secret Sister.
#7: Two From Galilee: The Story Of Mary And Joseph by Marjorie Holmes
I love reading stories about the first Christmas from a historical context. This book is a wonderful novel that puts the reader right in Galilee and Bethlehem with the two people who witnessed Jesus’s birth: Mary and Joseph. I get so tired of so much commercialism during the holidays so this book helps me focus on the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus’s birth.
#8: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I confess…I love the classics. Little Women is a great book to read, curled up by a fire on a cold winter’s night. While not a holiday book, I tend to re-read it in December. It reminds me of the importance of my family and how life can change so unexpectedly. We must enjoy the time we have with each other…find joy in small things.
#9: The Holiday Gig by Erin Brady
I love to read books that make me laugh. Erin Brady is always good for that. When holiday stress starts getting to me, I just dust off a copy of The Holiday Gig (or any of Brady’s books) and escape my every day stress. This book strikes a chord with me because I remember the days when I worked in corporate America and how there was always so much pressure to conform, be a part of the old boys’ club (even though I’m clearly not a boy). There was nothing worse than having to attend corporate holiday parties…grab bags, parties, dancing with the CEO (yuck!). Brady’s spin on the holidays really makes me laugh (and feel great that I no longer have to attend these holiday gigs!).
#10: The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket
When people hear the word December, most children (and adults) think Christmas. But there are many different religious holidays during the month of December. This book is great for children and adults. It’s a reminder that Hanukkah is not a “Jewish Christmas.” I like to remind my children that Jesus was Jewish and celebrated Hanukkah as did his disciples long after Jesus was crucified. Besides, who couldn’t love a story about a little latke? #superadorable
Of course, there are a bazillion other books that could be included on this list. Why not take a stroll through the shelves at Books-a-Million (or their virtual aisles on their website) to see which books jump off the shelves and into YOUR cart? Which books are YOUR favorites?
I look forward to hearing from you.
It’s been nine years since Cuban singer Alejandro Diaz’s limousine collided with a young Amish woman named Amanda Beiler as she was crossing a New York City street an accident that ignited the couple s cross-cultural romance. Amanda loves her husband and their three children, but their fast-paced, lavish Miami lifestyle troubles her. Will her kids grow up never knowing what it s like to simply be, without chauffeurs, social media, and paparazzi complicating their lives? When she receives a letter from her mother in Pennsylvania inviting the family to visit for Christmas, she seizes the chance to show her children a different way of life.
During their weeklong stay among the Amish community of her youth, Amanda and her family will bake cookies and milk cows, sled and crochet and reconsider what s truly important in life. As they prepare for their family Christmas holiday, they ll have to make momentous decisions about their future and what happily ever after truly means.