Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge: Wrapped Up Like a Gift!

First, I'd like to thank everyone for joining me for this annual Christmas reading fest! My holiday season was a bit of a whirlwind due to my having a health scare a couple weeks before Christmas...and then an allergic reaction to the antibiotics a week later. Ugh! So I didn't get to post much here on the blog like I wanted to. I did get in some reading though. My favorite of the season was Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett (you can see my review in an earlier post here on the blog). I also watched a TON of Christmas movies, mostly on the Hallmark Channel. Some favorites out of the new ones this year were Christmas at Cartwright's, The Nine Lives of Christmas, and A Cookie Cutter Christmas.

I hope everyone enjoyed the challenge and that you liked the addition of the group Pinterest board. We will continue to use the board each year for the challenge. I enjoyed seeing your pins of what you read. I apologize if I didn't get to stop by every review.

I'm posting the same linky that was used for sign up so if you do a wrap-up post, just link up using your name/blog name and "wrap-up" in parentheses.

Thanks again for joining me! I hope you will stop by here each 25th of the month on Rudolph Day to see if I have any Christmas delights posted. I'm hoping to get back into the "spirit" of this blog this year...Christmas year round.

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Always in spirit....

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sharing the Joy: R. William Bennett's Jacob T. Marley - A Review

My thoughts
A new year is about new beginnings and that is exactly what happens to Scrooge, as we know from the classic tale, A Christmas Carol, but also for Jacob Marley, the illustrious ex-partner of Scrooge. The man we know so little about...until now.

Bennett has taken the beloved classic and flipped it so we can see things from Jacob's point of view. Unlike Scrooge, Jacob came from a loving family. What turned him into such a harsh, grasping soul? It's hard to say, but one thing is certain, he was instrumental in turning Scrooge into the same kind of man as himself. In fact, even more so in his greed and unkind nature toward his fellow man. When Marley departs this earth, he repents and realizes what he has done to people, and to Scrooge in particular. This is Jacob's story of redemption on the path to redeeming Scrooge.

I was very excited to read this book, as A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite books of all time. I am so glad I did. Another classic tale of second chances and how Christmas can be the time for us to forgive and learn and grow, to become better people, to ourselves and those around us. Jacob T. Marley deserves to be on everyone's Christmas reading shelf to be read each year, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas and really, what being a good person is all about.

About the book
“Marley was dead, to begin with . . .” These chillingly familiar words begin the beloved classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge?

Or had he?

Bennett writes in a voice reminiscent of Dickens and has masterfully crafted a story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite.

Cross post from The True Book Addict blog.

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A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for providing it. 

Always in spirit....