The Spirit of Christmas

With a Foreword by Debbie Macomber

Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson

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A heartwarming collection of true stories that will inspire, entertain, and get everyone into the spirit of Christmas

At Christmastime, it’s hard not to get caught up in the shopping, the decorating, the party planning and the family drama—and too we often to lose sight of the true meaning of the season.  But sometimes, through God’s grace or a simple twist of fate, we’re able to step back and understand what the holiday is truly about.

The Spirit of Christmas is an inspiring collection of true stories from real-life people who have experienced such moments where the meaning of the season becomes clear and touches their hearts.  A man mailing gifts at the post office witnesses a moving scene that changes his life forever.  An unhappy couple are drifting further apart…until a special Christmas gift allows them to renew their love and mend their fractured marriage.  And a father tries to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for his son with a grand gesture--a gesture that will be remembered by his family and many others for years to come.

Filled with magic, wonder and deep meaning, it’s impossible for these stories not to touch your heart—and fill you with The Spirit of Christmas.

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1. Alone and Broke at Christmas
Cecil Murphey

 
I chose to do my first year of college at a small school in southern Texas—sixteen hundred miles from home. Shirley was pregnant with our first child and had complications with her pregnancy. That meant we were unable to travel back to the Chicago area for the Christmas holidays. Even if she had been able to travel, we didn’t have the money.
I went to school on veteran’s benefits. By watching our finances closely, we survived. We regularly ate Kraft’s macaroni-and-cheese mixes, bought hurt cans and marked-down

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"Readers will enjoy this wonderful compilation that captures the Spirit of Christmas but is much more as the anthology is for all seasons since the authors capture the spirit of what makes us human." --Genre Go Round Reviews on The Spirit of Christmas
 
"I couldn’t even wear my reading glasses while I read this one. Too many tears.  If you’re tired of all the Christmas romances, try a little Christmas reality with The Spirit of Christmas." --Lesa's Book Critiques on The Spirit of Christmas

"A book full of hope, happiness, and holiday cheer. An excellent gift for anyone this season." --Christian Bookworm Reviews on Christmas Miracles

"An excellent book to read that gives hope, it tells story after story of God's goodness, healing and love." --The Raleigh Examiner on Chritmas Miracles

"Stuffed with short narratives that are certain to increase your faith and your joy...I encourage you to pick up a copy and share it with your family this season." --Title Trakk on Christmas Miracles
 
 

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About the Author

Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson

CECIL MURPHEY is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN.  He has published 108 books and lectures widely.

MARLEY GIBSON has written several young adult novels for both Penguin Group and Houghton Mifflin.

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The Spirit of Christmas
With a Foreword by Debbie Macomber
Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312645014
ISBN10: 0312645015
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 208 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429989558
ISBN10: 1429989556
208 pages
$7.99
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