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Book Review & Giveaway: A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith


God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.


Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The illustrations in A Christmas Story of Light are absolutely gorgeous. Children and adults alike would enjoy them throughout the season. The message that the author conveys about Jesus being the reason for Christmas is a great one and can never be told too often. I’m not sure what age this book is supposed to be for but even with the beautiful illustrations, it won’t keep the attention of children. There are a lot of words here for children to read or to listen to. Even so, I may get a hard copy of this book for Christmases to come just for the illustrations.

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About the Author

Ora is an artist, genealogist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. She’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She recently received her Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also writes children’s books and historical fiction. In 2013, she placed first in a short-story writing contest sponsored by Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center at Arizona State University. Her historical novel, White Oak River, won first place in the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (an ACFW affiliate).
Ora’s been a wife and mother for more than thirty-six years, raising four sons and one daughter. She has the three cutest grandchildren in existence.
For more than twenty years Ora’s taught family history research at conferences and to individuals. Read an article she wrote for the online magazine, Almost an Author, about “Using Ancestor’s Stories in Fiction.” Also visit her blog, Writing About Ancestors, to learn how you can write about your ancestors.
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As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.

 

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Book Review: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer by GJ Barnes

Title: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer
Author: G J Barnes
Illustrator: Chris Sorensen
Release Date: 4th December 2017
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 24
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43020585-scampy-doodle-and-the-reindeer

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scampy-Doodle-Reindeer-G-Barnes-ebook/dp/B07KC2NY77

 

Scampy Doodle is a happy go lucky black dog who has a strong nose for adventure.

It’s Christmas Eve and Scampy Doodle is fast asleep when he is woken by a strange noise coming from the chimney. Discover what happens when he goes to investigate and gets the greatest surprise of his life!

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an adorable Christmas book! On Christmas Eve, Scampy Doodle is awakened by Father Christmas. He and his reindeer are having a few small problems so Scampy Doodle helps them out and in the morning, he gets a surprise in his stocking!

Not only is this a cute book for Christmas time but it is a good way for children in the US, where I’m located, to learn about some of the differences and similarities on how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. Father Christmas is called Santa here but the biggest difference I noticed is that whisky is left for Father Christmas instead of milk!

I recommend Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer but it does need a good edit.

 

 

 

About the Author

As my daughter got older we used to (and still do) tell each other stories in the car about our family dog Scamp. Scamp had been neglected as a puppy and was rescued by my parents and became our family pet.

He was a little bit crazy (he used to try and get up on the table to lick up crumbs after a meal) but he was always happy to see you and always there for a cuddle whenever anyone needed one.

In many ways he was more like a human being, standing up on his back legs, drinking cups of tea out of a cup off the coffee table.

So I decided to write some of our stories down to share with others, the first one being Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer.

 

Website: https://www.scampydoodle.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/scampyd