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We at FaithfulReader.com have compiled a number of titles that are sure to warm your hearts and remind you about what’s important during this blessed season. Here you’ll find books containing winter romance, Christmas devotionals, hometown memories, miracles and more. We hope these selections will offer inspiration during these difficult times, and bring family and friends closer for the celebration of the birth of Christ.


FICTION

AN AMISH CHRISTMAS: December in Lancaster County
Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron

Thomas Nelson
Fiction
ISBN: 9781595548214

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This collection of three Amish fiction novellas by award-winning and bestselling authors Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron explores the significance of Christ’s birth --- and the redemption it foretells --- for all of God’s children.

Each story features a different set of characters against the backdrop of the Christmas season in Lancaster County. The authors delve into the lives of their characters to reveal their unanticipated struggles, their complicated relationships and the faith that inspires them to forgive, to fall in love and to trust in God’s plan above all.


THE CHRISTMAS DOG
Melody Carlson

Revell
Fiction
ISBN: 9780800718817

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Betty Kowalski isn’t looking forward to the holidays. She can’t seem to find Christmas in her heart. Who would care if she put up the Christmas decorations? Her new neighbor adds to the problem. He’s doing home improvements that don’t appear to be improving anything. All she sees is lots of blue tarps and –-- horror of horrors --– an old pink toilet. But when a mangy dog appears at her doorstep, the stage is set for Betty to learn an important lesson about what Christmas is all about. This story is a gentle reminder that God can work miracles through something as insignificant as a little brown dog.


THE CHRISTMAS GLASS
Marci Alborghetti

GuidepostsBooks
Fiction
ISBN: 9780824947767

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In THE CHRISTMAS GLASS, Anna, a young widow in war-torn 1940 Italy, uses her cherished wedding gown to pack her most loved and valued possessions --- a dozen hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments --- and sends them to her cousin, Filomena. When the war comes to an end, Filomena seeks a brighter future in America, where the precious ornaments are passed down through the generations. With another Christmas approaching, 84-year-old Filomena is compelled to reunite the glass ornaments --- and those who possess them --- setting off a series of events marked by laughter and tears.


Cover ArtTHE CHRISTMAS LAMP
Lori Copeland

Zondervan
Fiction
ISBN: 9780310272274

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When the small town of Nativity, Missouri, loses its much-needed seasonal business, more than the economy suffers. Lifelong resident Roni Elliot clashes with the new outside consultant Jake Brisco, whose drastic budget-slashing threatens the traditions and spirit of Nativity. However, as forgotten joys rekindle and new traditions emerge, Christmas once again becomes a season of hope.


THE CHRISTMAS SECRET
Donna VanLiere

St. Martin’s Press
Fiction
ISBN: 9780312558369

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Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she’s often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she’s forced to use.

When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson’s department store, the owner of Wilson’s wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious “Christy.” Jason, an accountant by trade who has lost his job to downsizing, thinks he is “above” working at Wilson’s. Soon, he discovers that this new task gives him more than he bargains for.


COWBOY CHRISTMAS
Catherine Palmer and Jillian Hart

Mary Connealy
Barbour Books
Romance
ISBN: 9781602601451

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Trouble follows singer Annette Talbot to Wyoming --- and rancher Elijah Walker finds himself directly in its path. Though still wounded by the betrayal of his ex-fiancée, Elijah finds himself attracted to the secretive singer. When it appears Annie is a threat to his mother’s life, Elijah must decide if Annie’s deep faith and love of God is genuine or if it’s all just a ruse. He decides to trust her --- until he discovers she’s a wanted woman. As Christmas draws near, will Elijah respond to God’s gentle persuasion to find the truth before he loses Annie forever?


FINDING CHRISTMAS: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace
James Calvin Schaap

Revell
Fiction/Short Stories
ISBN: 9780800719395

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A gift. The baby. The pageant. The parties. The worship. The afterglow. The story. These are elements of almost every Christmas. FINDING CHRISTMAS looks at each of these elements through seven stories that show how imperfect people can find joy and grace in an imperfect world. The author looks at an outgoing bus driver, a passionate mother, a daughter reluctant to return to church, and even his own assumed-mediocre performance at a Christmas pageant. Readers see how the amazing message of Christmas can be found in the oddest of places. This heartwarming read is both moving and magical, and will help readers usher in a joyful Christmas season.


THE GREAT CHRISTMAS BOWL
Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren
Fiction
ISBN: 9781414326788

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Christmas 1958: Elvis is on the radio, Ike is in the White House, the Lord is in His holy temple…but there is no peace in Mt. Jefferson.

In a small town where everybody seems to know everybody, there are still a few secrets. Three families find they are connected in ways they never suspected: an angry teen, a dying man, a lonely wife, a daughter in trouble --- just ordinary people, muddling their way through ordinary challenges. Marriage. Illness. Bad decisions. Friendship. Faith. Forgiveness.


Cover ArtLOVE FINDS YOU IN BETHLEHEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Lauralee Bliss

Summerside Press
Fiction
ISBN: 9781935416203

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Sara McGee is not what Tom Haskins expected. The artist knew he was taking a risk when he reluctantly agreed to advertise for a mail-order bride, but Tom assumed the woman who answered his ad would be more refined than the penniless and uneducated Sara McGee.

Tom takes Sara under his wing, but he knows he can never marry her, especially now that he's suddenly receiving attention from accomplished pianist Annabelle Loving. While Tom's sister is bent on transforming Sara into a lady, Sara knows she can never compete with Annabelle. Nonetheless, she finds herself drawn to the lovely mountain town of Bethlehem and to the artist who brought her there.

But without a marriage to Tom, Sara knows she cannot stay. As preparations for Christmas transform the tiny town, will Tom come to understand the message of the first Bethlehem: that the most precious gifts don't always come as they're expected?


LOVE FINDS YOU IN NORTH POLE, ALASKA
Loree Lough

Summerside Press
Romance
ISBN: 9781935416197

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A former Marine is no match for the spunky Sam Sinclair. Bryce Stone has returned to his hometown of North Pole, Alaska, and he's not very happy about it. "The Town Where It's Christmas All Year Long" does not appeal to the self-admitted scrooge. Worse, Bryce must postpone his dream of opening a furniture shop when his Aunt Olive retires and leaves him to manage the family's cluttered Christmas boutique.

Bryce hires a petite and inexperienced young woman to run the store, figuring that if she fails, he can finally sell the place. But Bryce underestimates Sam, who grew up with seven rowdy brothers and is out to prove her mettle in the frozen North. It's a battle of wills, and the two soon find that they're fighting for more than just the shop. After all, love takes as many forms as the snowflakes that blanket the streets of North Pole.


THE SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS
Cindy Woodsmall

WaterBrook Press
Fiction
ISBN: 9780307446534

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Remorse and loneliness echo inside Beth Hertzler from the life she once had. Children’s whispers and laughter call to her from a life she only dreams of. A gifted carver holds the answer to both within his hands --- but can Beth step beyond yesterday and into the joy of Christmas?


THE UNFINISHED GIFT
Dan Walsh

Revell
Fiction
ISBN: 9780800719241

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Patrick Collins is seven years old, and on his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather's house. And, for reasons even he doesn't understand, he wants the soldier that's tucked away in his grandfather's attic. Set at Christmastime in 1943, THE UNFINISHED GIFT tells in an engaging, simple style the story of a family, and reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts --- like a young boy's prayers, a shoebox full of love letters, and even an old wooden soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of forgiveness will engage readers everywhere.


A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
Catherine Palmer

Tyndale House Publishers
Fiction
ISBN: 9781414333793

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This Christmas, bestselling author Catherine Palmer invites you to return to a time when life was uncomplicated, faith was sincere…and love was a gift to be cherished forever. A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS is a collection of four Christmas novellas that will touch your heart and stir you to treasure your own keepsakes of life, love and romance. These novellas were previously published as parts of other collections, but are now available together for the first time.


NONFICTION

101 SIMPLE & THOUGHTFUL WAYS TO GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS AWAY
Matthew West

Tyndale House Publishers
Inspirational
ISBN: 9781414336442

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Inspired by the song Matthew West wrote and recorded with Amy Grant for the new VeggieTales’ DVD, “Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving,” this book provides 101 practical ideas/suggestions for individuals and families to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and to share Christmas joy with others through selfless acts and remembrances.


CHRISTMAS MIRACLES
Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson

St. Martin’s Press
Inspiration
ISBN: 9780312589837

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A man lies gravely ill in the hospital on Christmas when he hears angels singing and immediately makes a full recovery. A little boy with dyslexia sits down to read a Christmas book and realizes that his disability has vanished. And a woman’s faith is renewed by the chance discovery of a simple nativity set.

Many ordinary people experience God’s grace during those special moments when Christmas becomes more than just a holiday, but a time for miracles. Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson bring you the real-life stories of everyday people who have experienced these life-changing moments of hope, comfort and transformation --- all during the most wonderful time of the year.


A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS: Spiritual Reflections, Timeless Literature, and Treasured Verse & Scripture
HarperOne
Inspirational
ISBN: 9780061893872

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An elegant offering for the Christmas season, mixing spiritual reflections with classic literature and verse, A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS is true to its name; it's sure to become a reading tradition at family gatherings for years to come. Beautifully packaged with illustrations throughout, this collection is a joy to read silently in personal moments of reflection and worship, or aloud with family, friends and neighbors.


Cover ArtTHE HEART OF CHRISTMAS: A Devotional for the Season
Hank Hanegraaff

Thomas Nelson
Devotional
ISBN: 9781404187580

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Prepare your heart for the coming of the Lord with this C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S devotional! Addressing topics such as Christ, History, Resurrection, Incarnation, Santa Claus, Traditions, Miracles, Advent and Salvation, Hanegraaff offers Scripture, carols and reflection questions to guide your journey through the 25 days leading up to the celebration of Christ's birth.


SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRISTMAS Program

This Christmas, are you and your church looking for a way to share the gospel with your neighbors? “Share the Good News of Christmas” is a great way to tell others about God’s love. Help Crossway reach one million homes with God’s Word this Christmas. Crossway has designed outreach bags containing an ESV New Testament, a gospel tract and a customizable invitation to a Christmas service. This is a perfect outreach program for your church as you partner with believers across the country to share the good news this Christmas. Your church can download free video clips, invitations and more at goodnewsofchristmas.org. Through “Share the Good News of Christmas,” have a lasting impact on your neighbors, invite them to your church’s Christmas service and help them learn why this season is worth celebrating! For more information, visit your local Christian retail store or go to goodnewsofchristmas.org.


THE TRUE SAINT NICHOLAS: Why He Matters to Christmas
William J. Bennett

Howard Books
Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 9781416567462

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If you've ever been asked, "Who is Saint Nicholas?"...

If you've ever wondered if he is just a commercial invention...

If you've ever thought there is no such person...

You may be surprised to know the true Saint Nicholas.

You'll never again think of Santa Claus in quite the same way.


An instant classic by one of America's most respected thinkers, THE TRUE SAINT NICHOLAS is a book to be shared with family and friends every year to evoke the true spirit of Christmas.


    --- Compiled and written by Justin Hemenway