Tales Of Hope
Colors Of Christmas by Olivia Newport is two wonderful tales with similar themes of love, loss, friendship and hope. Both are set around Christmas and are sure to warm the readers hearts. Both remind the reader of the importance of good friends, community and the hope we have in Jesus.
Christmas In Gold is a wonderful story of hope and memories. Told from the point of view of an octogenarian, originally from Germany but living in America, the reader gets a glimpse into Christmases past and present. Memories are tied up in ornaments and snowfalls.
Nazi Germany was a hard place to grow up in but Astrid “held on to God” knowing that “God wouldn’t change.” In an ever changing world, God is our secure anchor in every storm.
Life holds fears. Some we cannot control. “Even the best parents cannot prevent everything.” We need to put our faith in God and trust Him to guide us through life. “Faith fed my hope.” We have to hold on to the hope that life can and will get better.
There is much courage within the story. “We didn’t think of it as courage… Just take the next step.” At times of war all we can do is take one step at a time, holding on to God and trusting Him for tomorrow.
Love permeates the tale. The love of a survivor for her children. A love that sees the hurt in others. A love that reaches out to help.
A positively delightful read.
Christmas In Blue is a poignant story surrounding love and loss, memories and traditions. “We’re going to do it because we loved her.” In the busyness of the season, it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed. When things go wrong, it is important not to focus on them but to focus on the real meaning of Christmas… the baby in the manger who came to save.
People are important. A community who pull together is beautiful to behold.
I loved the inclusion of a dog called Blitzen. It really added that extra level of warmth to an already warm and wonderful read.
Two wonderful stories of hope that will warm every heart.
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