Has the meaning of Christmas has been lost? How do you bring the true meaning of the holiday back to the season? If you want less focus on presents and more on Christian values, make sure your family has a copy of this book for your Christmas season. In an era when Christmas is often portrayed as little more than a celebration of consumerism, many Christians are searching for a way to offer a deeper appreciation of the holiday to their children and family. New York Times Best Selling Author W. Cleon Skousen´s The Real Story of Christmas reconnects the reader with what Christmas is supposed to be about: peace, goodwill, and the story of Jesus Christ. Skousen breathes new life into the Nativity story, with ample political and historical context. This book lets you meet the people who knew Jesus during his time on earth. Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna, and the three wise men, are brought to life with details of how they learned of the Savior´s coming, and their search for the Child Christ. Dr.Skousen describes in vivid detail the profound experiences these people had when their faith led them to recognize Christ for who He really was, and how we can find the real spirit of Christmas by seeking Christ, and practicing peace and goodwill. Elizabeth W. Roach, reviewing for the Association of Mormon Letters, showered the book with praise, noting that ´´Dr. Skousen´s ´The Real Story of Christmas´ reads like it springs from a father wanting his family to know about what matters most.´´ The book also includes Luke 2, the original biblical account of Jesus´s birth and parts of His childhood. The Real Story of Christmas is a quick read, separated into sections: the perfect book for a few cozy nights of bringing your family closer to Christ--and to each other--during Christmastime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Deakins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026170/bk_acx0_026170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She walked away from her fairy-tale wedding in search of her true happily ever after. She hadn´t counted on it coming searching for her first. Eight months after canceling her wedding, Ava Callahan finally has her life in order and sees nothing but blue skies ahead. A chance encounter with the man responsible for ruining her wedding has her newly organized world in chaos. Brian McCabe had persevered for eight long months seeking the woman he loves, and his patience was about to expire. Purposely putting himself in every path Ava was on might not always work to his advantage, but he wanted to make sure that she truly saw him for who he was. Her happily ever after.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020955/bk_adbl_020955_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Cowboy Christmas: An American Tale is a novel of Western fiction for all ages. Masterfully crafted, the story explores the lore of the Western frontier when it was imagined to be as big and far away as the moon. The tale begins just beyond the far bank of the Mississippi, when the Stars and Bars were in tattered threads, and sweeps across Arizona and New Mexico Territories, westward to California gold. WB, not yet 16, crosses the mighty river without fear and leaves the muddy shores of civilization behind. With empty pockets, a spark for life, and a wild sense of freedom, he follows his heart, searching for adventure and fortune in a new world. Experiencing the harsh realities of the Great Plains, WB meets the love of his life, Ginny. As they are falling in love, and as fate has it, they are separated by a hostile encounter. When WB awakes, Ginny is gone. Crisscrossing the West in search of each other, WB and Ginny experience the perils of a wild frontier and a Western theater of unraveling characters. Their tale unfolds with close encounters and near misses. Overcoming the hardships of staying alive and enduring the challenges of a vast landscape - their destiny - bound by love and loyalty is tested. Ginny and WB come alive, discovering their own identities. An American tale rich in history and vivid word pictures is told in a cowboy´s flavorful soup of words with wit, grit, and humor - an inspiring adventure of discovery, strength, character, and romance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Van Dyke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036840/bk_acx0_036840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Unwrap Me, I´m Yours by Demi Alex Hope Verdetti lies to her mother about having a phenomenal fiancé that surprises her on a trip to Vegas. Now, her family expects him to come home with her for the holidays. She needs a man that fits the bill - and fast! After seven interviews with hired, handsome applicants in three days, she finds her solution in the neighborhood coffee shop. Sexy and irresistible Jon Thompson volunteers for the task, having an agenda of his own. With their holiday agreement set, Jon turns up the heat and gives Hope the present of her life...himself. ´´Ribbons Not Included´´ by Demi Alex Just when I thought I had it all together, just when I thought my life was perfect, Christian comes out and accuses me of only wanting him as a stud horse! Not true. I love him. I do. It´s Christmas, and I´m searching for the perfect present to convince my husband that he´s my number one priority. I´m trying everything to spice up our love life - from sexy lingerie, to new positions, to different locations. But then he pushes me too far. I´m not sure I can do it. Giving it all I have, I shiver with the thrill of being exposed. Really exposed. What if someone sees me naked at the very moment I can only see shooting stars? My mind says don´t do it, but my heart and body can´t refuse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lacy Laurel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075840/bk_acx0_075840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the third book in the Teddy Defender series, Ari, Mia, and Brutas discover that teddy bear pirates are trying to ruin Christmas and take over the human world. They´re taking all the new teddy bears from stockings and beneath trees, raising an army of these bears, and searching for a treasure that will give them immense power. It´s up to Ari and his friends to find this treasure before the pirates do, rescue Christmas, and save the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilliland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054345/bk_acx0_054345_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Christmas is the most important holiday of the year. Especially since the 20th century on, the days adjacent to the holiday have become an occasion to do big business. The winter season is the most solid stimulus for the economy - more than any fiscal package - since the incomes of families, spending, credit, and consumption in all productive sectors are significantly increased. In the United States alone, Christmas sales are estimated to generate $3 trillion. This jubilee of consumption and purchase of goods and gifts is accompanied by a series of child-pleasing customs: a pine tree with lights and ornaments inside the homes; Christmas carols; preparation of sweet meals and treats; the chubby figure of Santa Claus; and, to a lesser extent, nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus. Each country also preserves exclusive traditions that are highly esteemed among their own population. In Russia, people cook 12 dishes in honor of the 12 apostles, then return to the church for an all-night vigil. In Estonia, children must sing before receiving their gifts. In Mexico, groups of people wander from door to door singing the story of Joseph and Mary when they were searching for a place to stay, and inside the house that receives them, they break piñatas full of candy. In the United States, the streets are decorated with colorful lights, and choirs of children sing carols beside huge fir trees. In India, even with its Christian minority, people call Christmas ´´the big day´´ and celebrate it by planting trees.The holiday animates debate, too. For those interested in history, it is the time of documentaries on television where so-called experts repeat the worn-out speech that the church deliberately put the date of Christmas over a pagan celebration, the Saturnalia, or Sol Invictus, the solar god of the Roman Empire. Others will say that Santa Claus is a legacy of Norse mythology related to Odin´s journey through the heavens, and that the star of Bethleh 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/138477/bk_acx0_138477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Getting dumped by her fiance right before the holidays was not how Meena imagined things would be. Embarrassed more than anything, she sucks it up and still visits home without her man, only to find out that her first love has been searching for her. Excited by that news, she reunites with Jason, only to fall in love all over again. Problem is she lives in another state. Will love bring her back home, or will she let the love of her life get away again? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lacy Laurel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/138083/bk_acx0_138083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Frank McCourt´s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks of a classic. Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank´s father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. Angela´s Ashes is the story of how Frank endured - wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig´s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father - a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000001/bk_sans_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surrounded by hunky cowboys, what’s a girl to do?Advertising executive Paige Porter heads to Las Vegas for the finals rodeo with one goal in mind: Find a cowboy with the perfect...um...genes to model her client’s new Western clothing line. After covertly watching hundreds of men walk by, Paige finally finds the cowboy with her ideal assets. Before she can approach him, he disappears into the crowd. She’s left with a picture of his back pockets and an annoying rodeo clown who makes her wish she’d never left home.Cooper James lives life to the fullest, determined to make people smile with his own special brand of humor. As a rodeo clown and barrelman, he loves engaging the crowd and getting a laugh, even if it means embarrassing an uptight ad executive who’s desperately searching for the idyllic model for a new brand of jeans. Intrigued by the woman, Cooper has no intention of telling her he recognizes the denim-clad backside in the photo she’s flashing all over town. Laughter, lighthearted fun, and love ensue in this heartwarming holiday romance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Andreen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/141628/bk_acx0_141628_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.