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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"The Three Christmases of William Spencer"

Last month I received the opportunity to read and write a review for "The Three Christmases of William Spencer" written by Derek Blount.  It's not a big book trimmed at 7 x 6 inches. It's not a thick book at a mere 56 pages.

But the three Christmases shared within and the lesson each Christmas reinforces is large and heart warming.

William Spencer was born on Christmas Day. He shares his birthday with Jesus. In the first short story we meet William on his seventh birthday back in rural America in the 1930s. He's anxious, as are all children, to open his Christmas gifts. While he doesn't get the exact gift he'd so determinedly written Santa Clause for he comes to realize that his present is even better.

In the second story we meet up with William again in 1963, now a WWII veteran, a husband and father dealing with life's daily challenges.

In the third story, set on Christmas Day 2010, we meet William as an old man. The story retells the simple lesson that 'happiness is not a condition but an attitude'.

This little book warmed my heart. I read the first story to my children and we discussed young William and the lesson he took to heart from his Christmas present. And, we talked about the theme: happiness is not a condition but an attitude.

Being an optimist, I love this message. And, I love this little book. It'll make a great addition to my table-top Christmas reading collection. It would also make a great gift.

Sorry no giveaway with this review, I'm keeping mine. ;-)

For more information on this book and about the author, Derek Blount, you can visit Three Christmases of William Spencer.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:  My contact with publicist for this book emailed me that I CAN indeed offer a giveaway copy of this book!  So I'm going to add a box up top with the details for the giveaway!!]



Knight said...

This sounds very charming. Thanks for letting me know.

Cinette said...

I'll definately have to look into this one. Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a lovely story.

And now I'm smiling because I'm not the only one who has "a tabletop Christmas reading collection." :)

Baseball Mom said...

I tried clicking the link above but it didn't work, so I hope this is where we are to comment.

The book sounds really good. :)

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Thanks BBMom! I fixed that link. And, yes, comment at the review and you are entered! ;-)

Prohomemaker.Com said...

Sounds like a neat book to read (and nice and short). Add me into the fray :-)

Baseball Mom said...

You didn't mention if we could enter more than once?

Happy Tuesday!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

DID THE DRAWING! The winner is ProHomemaker!

Thanks y'all for your time and for participating!!