A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit by Mike Huckabee
A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories Celebrating the True Holiday Spirit by Mike Huckabee
"The first Christmas was simple, so simple that it had all the makings of a top-notch disaster, it's a miracle that it's actually done, that's it It was and remains a miracle - the greatest miracle ever - and it was really easy. "-Mike Huckabee
Christmas has become synonymous with shopping, weariness, competition and stress. But according to Mike Huckabee (who was a pastor before he went into politics), that was never God's purpose. At Christmas, Christmas is about simple things: faith, love, family and hope. The hard part, in today's crazy world, reminds you that these simple things are the most valuable of all.
Now, Huckabee tells twelve Christmas memories-often funny, sometimes deeply moving-that range from his childhood in Arkansas, his years as a young man and father to his time as governor and then as a presidential candidate. These true stories will help you to smile, take a deep breath and perhaps slow down your own treadmill. For example:
As children, Mike and his sister would open their presents before Christmas, play with them and then rewrite them so their parents would not notice. The plan worked for several years until Christmas morning, when young Mike unpacked a brand new football that was covered in mud. That led to a powerful lesson about patience.
In 1966, like millions of Preteens, Mike was obsessed with the Beatles. He dug in his heels and told his parents that if they did not buy him a guitar for Christmas, he did not want anything. He was selfish, stubborn, and disgusting, not knowing what it would take for working-class parents to get an additional $ 99. It took many years before he understood what sacrifices they had made for this life-changing gift - or how it was related to the sacrifice of the Lord.
Only a year after Mike and his wife Janet got married, a rare form of cancer was diagnosed at the shocking age of 20. The Christmas of 1975 was the most horrible and annoying thing they would ever experience when they wondered if they would ever get another one again. But looking back, it's a Christmas they'll cherish forever.
If you are looking for some clarity, reason and inspiration in this crazy season, you will surely enjoy A Simple Christmas.
About the Author:
Mike Huckabee grew up in Hope, Arkansas, and got his first job as a newsreader at the age of 14. Prior to his political career and current residency on radio and television, he was a pastor in local churches in Arkansas and a denominational leader. From 1993 to 1996 he served as Deputy Governor of Arkansas and from 1996 to 2007 as Governor. During the Republican presidential election in 2008, he led a shocking underdog campaign and conquered eight states, including the hotly contested Iowa Caucuses.
Today he is the host of the very popular talk show Huckabee on the Fox News Channel (where he plays bass guitar with the house band) and The Huckabee Report on the ABC Radio Network. He is also the chairman of HuckPAC, a grassroots organization. His books include the New York Times bestseller Do The Right Thing, about his vision for America, and Quit Digging Your Grave with a knife and fork, about his dramatic weight loss. He and his wife Janet have three grown children, three dogs and at least as many friends.
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