Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit
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"The first Christmas was a simple one. So simple that it
had all the makings of a first-class disaster. It's a
miracle it turned out well at all. In fact, that's the
whole point. It really was, and remains, a miracle--the
greatest miracle of all time. And it really was simple."
Christmas has become synonymous with shopping,
overindulging, competition, and stress. But according to
Mike Huckabee (who was a pastor before getting into
politics), that was never God's intention. Going back to
the Nativity, Christmas is supposed to be about simple
things: faith, love, family, and hope. The hard part, in
today's crazy world, is remembering that those simple
things are the most precious of all.
Now Huckabee recounts twelve Christmas memories--often
funny, sometimes deeply moving--that range from his
childhood in Arkansas to his years as a young husband and
father to his time as a governor and then a presidential
candidate. These true stories will help you smile, take a
deep breath, and maybe slow down your own holiday
treadmill. For instance:
As kids, Mike and his sister would sneak open their gifts
before Christmas, play with them, then rewrap them so their
parents wouldn't notice. The plan worked great for several
years until one Christmas morning when young Mike unwrapped
a brand-new football...that was covered in mud. That led to
a powerful lesson about patience.
In 1966, like millions of preteens, Mike was obsessed with
the Beatles. He dug in his heels, telling his parents that
if they wouldn't buy him a guitar for Christmas, he didn't
want anything at all. He was selfish, stubborn, and
obnoxious, with no idea what it would take for working-
class parents to find an extra $99. It took many years for
him to understand the sacrifice they made for that life-
changing gift--or how it connected to the Lord's own
Only a year after Mike and his wife, Janet, had gotten
married, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at
the shocking age of twenty. That Christmas of 1975 was the
most terrifying and upsetting they would ever know, as they
wondered if they would ever get to share another one. But
in retrospect, it's a Christmas they will treasure forever.
If you're looking for a little clarity, sanity, and
inspiration at this insane time of year, you're sure to
enjoy A Simple Christmas.
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