Sunday, September 20, 2009

25 Days, 26 Days - A Book Review

As a reviewer for Zondervan Publishers, I was sent a copy of 25 Days, 26 Ways To Make This Your Best Christmas Ever by bestselling author, Ace Collins.

Book Description(from Zondervan website):

It should be the most anticipated day of the year. Instead, we dread the shopping, baking, spending, and stress. Bestselling author Ace Collins wants to help you rediscover the joy and peace of the holiday season. Discover how this Christmas can be the happy, joy-filled celebration you’ve always dreamed of!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Finding the perfect gift. Maxing out the credit cards—again. Endless baking. Surely there is more to Christmas than this.

Bestselling author Ace Collins wants to help you make this Christmas your best holiday ever! As he blends fascinating stories from history and spiritual truths about the holiday season, he gently guides you toward a new way of thinking about Christmas.

As you explore Collins’ twenty-six easy ways to revolutionize your Christmas expectations, you’ll feel yourself relax. You’ll begin to recapture the joy and magic of the season and to remember the reason we celebrate. Step by step, you’ll make small changes in your attitude toward Christmas that will yield big results.

Each upbeat chapter contains easy to apply ideas, from making the most of long lines and traffic jams, to discovering the deeper meaning behind common Christmas symbols. Simple tasks like mailing Christmas cards or holiday shopping that once seemed like dreaded chores will become easier and worthwhile. Collins adeptly shows how to navigate the stressors that threaten to derail the joy of the season. You’ll rediscover Christmas as it was meant to be.

Holiday happiness is attainable with this timely and wise book. Reading this partly devotional, partly practical, and always thoughtful book, you are only twenty-five days and twenty-six ways away from your best Christmas ever!

As someone who loves Christmas, even I thought it was a little too early to read about Christmas, but 25 Days, 26 Ways by Ace Collins was a refreshing book. At only 192 pages, it is a quick read, but full of wonderful information.

25 Days, 26 Ways is set up in such a way that you can use it as a devotional for the month of December or read it through in your own timing. Each chapter is about a specific holiday tradition, such as the Christmas Tree or the story behind the 12 days of Christmas. Collins then gives a historical background about the chapter subject. He then gives the reader ways to modernize the tradition.

I love how easy this book is to read, as well as how simple the ideas are to incorporate into our daily lives. I know that I, for one, have already started a list of things that I would like start this year for new family traditions.

Below is a sample of 25 Days, 26 Ways To Make This Your Best Christmas Ever:

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