Wednesday, November 13, 2019
I will share more favorite Christmas books and movies next week. This week, with the exception of one DVD, I wanted to share items that aren't as well known as some favorites.
The book is well written, beautiful to look at with artwork by the author's mother, and as Heather is a pastor's wife (as well as writer, artist, floral arranger, and friend)... you can trust it being family friendly. This is my new favorite nonfiction Christmas book.
This book is only available third party now and my own copy was purchased used. It is a perfect read aloud book for children of all ages with the lovely words and illustrations.
Pilcher does not write from a faith based perspective and many of her characters have made bad decisions which led to their original unhappiness. However, she knows how to bring together a story of redemption that makes for beautiful reading. I have read quite a few of her books and enjoyed each story.
There is also a Christmas short story at the end of the book that I found very good. This book is only available third party but there are a lot of inexpensive copies available. My copy was used but in very good condition.
I will admit that Tickle's more recent writing is much more liberal and some of it I cannot agree with. You can see how the American Anglican church has changed since her early writings. However, there is nothing in this book that would cause even the most evangelical of readers to cringe... at least I think.
These stories, revolving around various Advent seasons when her family lived in a rural area, are beautifully written memories. I have read this little book many times and still enjoy it afresh each Christmas. This is also a book only available third party but there are quite a few reasonably priced used copies available.
It isn't the most user friendly but you can eventually find what you are looking for. Although I bought my copy at Barnes & Noble, my grocery store does carry it, too.
It is the story of a woman and her children going through a very difficult time when her wealthy estranged mother comes for a visit. The mother and her granddaughter form a bond that brings everyone together. If you loved Little Women, you will enjoy this movie, too.
The DVD is a little pricey but the Amazon Video version is only $1.99 and I think it is free to watch for Prime members. The other DVD about her life called Take Joy seems to be no longer available but it is also on Amazon Video for $1.99.
The bad reviews for the movie are pretty much about them bringing in WWI scenes in what should be a happy season. But I see why they did it for it is very good at showing why tradition, friends, and family help people get through hard times. This is one of the first Christmas movies I watch each year.
It appears it is now only available as part of a four American girl movie DVD but the price is very reasonable. It is available alone on Amazon Video. This is an enjoyable family friendly movie.
Felicity on Amazon Video... here.
I hope to share more favorites next week! I especially love to share books and movies that perhaps are new to blog readers.
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