What a wonderful selection of stories!
The author, Rev. Dr. Steve Burt is a Congregational minister who is also known as The Christmas Story Pastor. All I can say is that I wish I lived near to him so that I could hear him tell these stories in person.
But these are not just stories, this wonderful selection uses modern day parables to bring alive the true meaning of Christmas.
What can I say is, if you love Christmas, get out your hankies and immerse yourself in the true meaning of Christmas by reading this beautiful selection of heart-warming stories.
This book also has an audiobook version and I have listened to it. All I can say is that his voice is warm and he pronounces every word so very clearly, that it is so special that when you close your eyes it seems as if he is sitting next to you.
About the Author: STEVE BURT first appeared on readers’ radar in 2003 when his unknown collection, Even Odder, became a surprise Nominee/finalist for the coveted Bram Stoker Award, horror’s top prize, in the Young Readers category (in a field of five that included Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling, who eventually won for Harry Potter). The next year (2004) Steve had another finalist with Oddest Yet (in a field of four that included Clive Barker and Dean Koontz)–which resulted in an unprecedented tie between Steve Burt and Clive Barker, giving each of them a Stoker. Other collections in the Stories to Chill the Heart Series included Odd Lot (2001 Benjamin Franklin Award) and Wicked Odd (2005 Ippie Award finalist). All four are available in print and ebook.
Steve’s FreeKs series of crossover novels (psychic teen characters, adult reading level) recently won 21 international awards including the London, Paris, NY, New England, Hollywood, and San Francisco Book Festival Awards, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the Halloween Book Festival and 3 Beach Book Festival Awards, plus 4 Mom’s Choice golds. FreeK Camp, FreeK Show, and FreeK Week are available in print, ebook, and this fall in audio.
In August 2014 thirteen of Steve’s most popular radio-read-aloud stories from the Chill the Heart series were released as Wicked Strange (print, ebook, and in October as an audio book).
Another 13 were excerpted for Horrors! Ghost Stories and Weird Tales to Help Kids Write, Learn, and Write Their Own Stuff. With input from middle-school teacher and editor Jolyn Joslin, the storybook/textbook included discussion questions and writing prompts, with answers in the back. Available in print, ebook, and in late October in audio book.
A retired pastor and seminary professor, the Rev. Dr. Burt formerly wrote church leadership and inspirational books and contributed to Family Circle magazine and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. His bestseller, A Christmas Dozen: Christmas Stories to Warm the Heart won numerous awards and is available in print, ebook, and audio book. Unk’s Fiddle: Stories to Warm the Heart is now out-of-print; its title story “Unk’s Fiddle” won a Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Prize (one of three the author received).
In 2009 Connecticut Magazine profiled him as “The Sinister Minister,” acknowledging the importance of his contribution to teen and Y.A. dark fiction. He now lives and writes in Florida and offers school author visits nationwide via Skype. His Facebook pages are FreeKs and Christmas Story Pastor, his Twitter handle is wrytuh, and his website (with blog page and calendar) is http://www.SteveBurtBooks.com.
A Christmas Dozen is available from Amazon in Kindle format here http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Dozen-heartwarming-stories-Pastor-ebook/dp/B004FPZ1NM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417111361&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Christmas+Dozen
And from Audible as an audiobook here http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/A-Christmas-Dozen-Audiobook/B00MWB94VQ/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1417111396&sr=1-1