Each year new Christmas stories are added to long time favorites. Books and stories are part of loved Christmas traditions for most of us. Some of the stories that capture our hearts at this season are based on real experiences and some are sheer imagination. Whichever is the case, they all touch on some aspect or lesson learned from the greatest story of all, the miracle of our Savior's birth.
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Two writers who ventured into the arts world deliver both romance and mystery with satisfying realism. Sian Ann Bessey, author of The Gem Thief, takes the reader from New York to the Mediterranean, from a high class New York jewelry store to tiny Greek shops and world famous gem auctions. Julie Wright invites the reader backstage to the world behind the glittering Hollywood lights.
"Let Me Tell you My Story" is a stunning hardbound book of refugee stories, dedicated to those forced to leave their homes, and to those who welcome them to new ones. The stories were compiled by a group of volunteer photographers, filmmakers, painters, writers, and other skilled specialists from Europe and the United States who are trying to shape international dialogue about refugees by giving them a voice and a platform to tell their stories. Here's why what they have to say is something we need to hear.
A writer who slants his books pointedly toward an audience of members of the Church is Clair M. Poulson. Other mystery writers, though not all, in this market generally write within Church standards, but without specifically mentioning the Church. Poulson also gives his stories a decidedly rural connection exhibiting firsthand knowledge of ranching, farming, open spaces, and small towns. This latest mystery might be his best yet.
It has been two years since the Schmidts lost Annie. About a month ago, my friend Angie, who is Michelle’s younger sister, asked if I would review a book they had written about this wrenching experience. I told her it would be my privilege. I knew the book would be tender, but it was beyond tender; it was vulnerable and intimate, an invitation into sacred space.
Rusty Ellis joins the ranks of an elite group of LDS Mystery writers with The Ransom Walsh Series. The first volume, Picture Perfect Murder, starts the series with an intriguing reversal of roles as police officers become victims and a criminal becomes the hunter. Fans of Claire Poulson, Gregg Luke, Stephanie Black, Traci Abramson, and other top writers in this genre will want to give Ellis a try.