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Earlier this week, we featured Christmas music for those who don’t like Christmas music

But sometimes, I can be a sucker for the Christmas classics too. Here are 10 of my favorite Christmas albums:

 
You won’t find Bing Crosby here, but rather the classics nicely arranged in a variety of styles…

Download these digital albums and enjoy… 

Home for Christmas
Amy Grant

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SnowAngels

Music is an inevitable part of the Christmas season…
But what if you are weary of hearing the same old songs done over and over again? 

 
As we ramp up this week toward Christmas Day, here are eight of our favorite albums that don’t fit the typical Christmas music mold.
 
Download these digital albums and listen now… 

Songs for Christmas
Sufjan Stevens

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Christmas

Ten Classic Christmas Stories that are available as FREE ebooks! By authors such as Charles Dickens, LM Montgomery, L. Frank Baum (creator of Oz), George MacDonald, and MORE!

These ebooks are available for pretty much any e-reading device…

Load up your e-reader today with some of these classics and read these stories aloud throughout the holiday season!

 

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The First Christmas Tree

By Henry Van Dyke

CLICK HERE to download in non-Kindle Formats… (via Project Gutenberg)

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 Give the Gift

Give the Gift of Reading This Christmas!

You may or may not know that we also publish a quarterly print magazine that contains exclusive book news, reviews and interviews that are NOT available on our website.

The print edition of the Englewood Review makes a perfect gift for all the readers on your Christmas list!

You can use these links to purchase a subscription for yourself or a friend:

ONE YEAR   ( $18.95 )    TWO YEAR  ( $35.00 )

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Using the above links, make sure the recipient’s postal address is included as the SHIPPING address. We will be glad to send an email notification of this gift to your recipient! Simply include their email address as “special instructions” with your payment.


 
If you want to give us a gift this Christmas, and help sustain and support the work of the ERB, here are two ways to do so…

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Here are 8 Bargain Kindle Ebooks for $3.99 or less that are well worth your time…

Prices on all of these ebooks should be good through at least Sunday Dec 22,
but refresh the Amazon page before ordering, just to make sure the prices haven’t changed.

Celebration of Discipline

By Richard Foster – $2.99

Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978. In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.  Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovaré, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

 

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

By Rob Bell – $2.99

 

In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?

Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.

With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

 

The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential

By N.T. Wright – $3.79

Widely regarded as the modern C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, one of the world’s most trusted and popular Bible scholars and the bestselling author of Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, presents a manifesto urging Christians to live and pray the Bible’s Psalms in The Case for the Psalms.

Wright seeks to reclaim the power of the Psalms, which were once at the core of prayer life. He argues that, by praying and living the Psalms, we enter into a worldview, a way of communing with God and knowing him more intimately, and receive a map by which we understand the contours and direction of our lives. For this reason, all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms. By providing the historical, literary, and spiritual contexts for reading these hymns from ancient Israel’s songbook, The Case for the Psalms provides the tools for incorporating these divine poems into our sacred practices and into our spirituality itself.

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Tania Runyan

Tania Runyan is author of the
2012 Englewood Honor Book, A Thousand Vessels: Poems

These two poems are found in her collection:

Simple Weight: Poems
Paperback: Future Cycle Press, 2010.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle – Only $3.99! ]

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George MacDonald

On the Birthday of George Macdonald, here are three of his Christmas poems…

 
These poems are found in the brand new ebook:

My Little King:
George Macdonald’s Christmas Stories and Songs

C. Christopher Smith, Editor

Only $0.99 for Kindle!!!

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

(Also known as “Mary’s Lullaby” to avoid confusion
with the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens)

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Uncomfortably Faithful to the Incarnation

A Feature Review of

A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season

Katherine Paterson

Hardback: WJK Books, 2013
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Reviewed by Katherine Willis-Pershey

 

If you should ever happen to find yourself magically transported into a Katherine Paterson’s A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season, I have some very important advice for you: pick up the hitchhiker. It’s true that not every pedestrian making his or her way through a bone cold Christmas Eve night is actually an angel in disguise. One such lonely figure actually pulled a gun – okay, a fake gun – on the kindly gentleman who stopped to help her (see the title tale). But even on those rare occasions when the stranger does not mean well, there will inevitably be a Really Important Lesson hidden in his or her back pocket (along with the phoney weapons, apparently).

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We’re convinced that books make the best Christmas gifts…

And knowing that our readers have many family members and friends who love to read, we offer the following new book suggestions…

 


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Here are three Advent poems by Madeleine L’Engle…

You can also read her well-known Advent poem “After Annunciation” here

* * * Books by Madeleine L’Engle

 

 

Ready for Silence

From The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle [ Kindle ]

 

 


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