Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10 Reasons Why We Should Read "Finding the Baby Jesus"

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After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.


Praise for Finding the Baby Jesus:

“Tender and true, this warm Christmas tale brought tears to my eyes.”
–Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the much-beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club series and Oregon Book Award winner for The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

“A touching story that speaks to the importance of family, giving, and the true spirit of Christmas.”
–Matthew Kirby, author of Icefall, winner of the Edgar Allen Poe and the Pen Center USA Literary Awards for Children’s Literature

“Deeply moving. Poignant.”
–Deborah Halverson, former editor at Harcourt Children’s Books and author of Honk If You Hate Me, a Gayle McCandliss Literary Award Winner

"The perfect little book to tuck away with your Christmas things and bring out year after year to read with family. As mother to three boys, I can't imagine a better protagonist than Chris. His typical teenage attitude followed by the softening of his heart towards a friend teaches a poignant and very relatable lesson on the true meaning of Christmas."
–Amazon review

"After I read this short story I felt like I had read a novel--every sentence is packed with action and imagery. I was emotionally connected to the characters, and the story is touching. I didn't see the plot twist at the end coming! A great story to read every Christmas."
–Amazon review



Give us 10 reasons why we should read Finding the Baby Jesus?
1- So--you're blotting a recent grape juice stain on your couch when you suddenly realize that you haven't checked under the cushions in a long time. Voila! Six bucks in mixed change. Hmm. You can blow it on lunch at the Golden Arches--or--you could pop over to Amazon and order that little Christmas paperback called FINDING THE BABY JESUS. What would your doctor want you to do?

2- You're a book lover and now that you have put baby Katniss down for her nap, you have 27 minutes of me time. Not enough for a novel. But a short Christmas story? Sure.

3- Christmas is looming. You're scraping glitter and cookie dough off of the kitchen island and the kids are upstairs screaming at each other about who gets to put the star on the tree this year. The decorating isn't done yet. Not even close. Most of the presents still need to be bought and wrapped. You have a holiday party at your house a week from Friday and you still don't know what you are going to serve. For some insane reason you also volunteered to help with your son's school class in the morning by making these horrible smelling star-thingys out of salt flour and plaster of paris. You have an itch on your cheek and manage to smear dough into your hair when you scratch it. There's a crashing noise upstairs. Wow . . . if you don't do something tonight to recapture the Christmas spirit, you're afraid that you'll start screaming maniacally and launch the green Mac and Cheese you just made for dinner right out of the window.

4- You're alone for Christmas for the first time you can remember. Too far away from friends and family. You need something that makes you feel good. Connected. To remember what Christmas is really all about.

5- You want to try out your new Kindle. Not sure you want to break it in by re-reading the last vampire love story even though you and your friends are planning to go see the movie. Again. But for .99 you can download a touching Christmas story from Smashwords. Why not?

6- During the frenzy of holiday preparations, you want one night to have everybody sit down together and remember what's really important. Not the shopping. Not the decorating. Not the parties. You want them to have an experience that reminds them that family is more important than presents.

7- As a liberal arts major back in college, you developed an early appreciation for the literary arts. The closing of bookstores alarms you. So does all this talk about the death of books. You're only one person. What can you possibly do? Buy a book. And use the buttons on you favorite blog to support people who write about books. When you go to an on-line bookstore from a blog affiliate, they get a little commission. They can't keep doing all this writing about books if they have to quit to support their family.

8- You have lots of friends and family. You can't possibly make them all sweaters or quilts. Who has the time for that? And you can't afford to get them something at Nordstroms. What do you do when you want a nice gift? Something thoughtful? Something less that 6 bucks? Something light enough to ship just about anywhere without doubling the price of your gift? Hmm.

9- The commercialization of Christmas saddens you. You're not a Scrooge or anything, but you'd like to do something this year that puts the holiday into its proper perspective. Something that actually gives you a chance to think a little more about the Baby Jesus.

10- FINDING THE BABY JESUS: A short story about how recovering a long-lost carving changed a boy's Christmas. Way less expensive than a sweater. Can be read by most families in a single sitting. Uplifting. A genuine opportunity to discuss what Christmas really means. And it's non-fattening.


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Author Kimball Fisher
Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for participating in the blog tour!

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  2. Thank you for joining us! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Top Ten Reasons (good reasons too). I love Christmas stories!

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