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Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas…

And on this occasion, we offer this video interview with Adam English, author of:

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

Hardback: Baylor UP, 2012.
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The Man Behind the Santa Claus Myth

A Review of :

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

Adam English

Hardback: Baylor UP, 2012.
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Reviewed by Wendy Bilen


When I see Santa hawking a Chevy, I am not sure what to feel. The flushed senior in the power suit might appreciate the humor, but I suspect the real Saint Nick would be mystified at the very idea and trying to make sense of a commission that does not involve Matthew 28.


It is this Nicholas, follower of Christ and lover of justice, whom Adam C. English brings to life in The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus. Most of us understand that such a saint existed, but we’re not sure we want to know him. We tend to be rather possessive with our cultural Christmas traditions, emotionally clinging to our Rudolphs and silver bells. Santa supports our commercialized illusions, but we fear Nick will dump the spiked eggnog or put the kibosh on tinsel. Still, we’re curious. Somewhere behind all the myth and lore lies a raw belief, or desire to believe, in something beyond ourselves, and maybe Nick can take us a little closer.

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
6 December 2012

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…


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Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas (270-343)!
Read Alban Butler’s classic account of Nicholas’ life from LIVES OF THE SAINTS…
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Poem of the Day: “Christ’s Nativity” – Henry Vaughan
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“God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.” – Evelyn Underhill, born on this day 1875.
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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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