19 December 2010

A Simple Christmas | Petite Book Review

Book: A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate The True Holiday Spirit Author: Mike Huckabee
Pages: 205 Publisher: Sentinel
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audio
A Simple Christmas
Genre: Memoir, Christmas, Adult Non-Fiction

My summary: 12 Christmases & 12 lessons on patience, sacrifice, loneliness, family, traditions, crisis, hope, stability, limitations, transitions, faith, and rewards.

My say: A Simple Christmas is a slowly simmered memoir. Huckabee takes the reader back in time to share the lessons he has learned along the way about the true meaning of Christmas. Some chapters were slow but some chapters moved me to tears.

My star rating: 3 stars

My recommendation: This would be delightful for anyone that enjoys Christian non-fiction or memoirs.

My favorite quote: "True faith is forged in the furnace, not the showroom."

My favorite characters: His wife and his uncle Garvin.

My cover thoughts: So cute. I love seeing old photos of people.

My kiddie-o-meter: While it is definitely clean, Mike does talk about all the funny things he did as a kid. So if you don't want your little ones picking up any ideas, keep this one for the grown-ups.

My holiday cheer meter: Low Medium High

My final say: I love the style of this book. It made me think back to my favorite Christmases. What was your favorite Christmas?

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  1. I haven't seen this book at all and I think it would be a perfect stocking stuffer for my dad! He loves Mike Huckabee, Christmas, and books with some kind of "message." Thanks for the idea!

  2. So wish I had a xmas book to read, but alas no, perhaps next year.

  3. You can't beat holiday cheer! Great little review, Juju :)

  4. You gave me a great last minute gift idea for a family member! I love all these holiday books. Makes me want to curl up by a fire with one of them and a steaming cup of cocoa! :)

  5. You are on a very cherry book reading spree. I do think you will complete your holiday changes.

    Love your small reviews. :)

    Mad Scientist

  6. I think I have this book! I have to dig it out of a TBR pile . . .

    My favorite Christmas would be any of the ones when I was a child. On Christmas Eve, we all went to church for candlelight service and then hurried home to wait for Village Santa. Our town had a Santa Claus club. All the volunteer firemen bought and collected gifts in December. Then on Christmas Eve they dressed as Santas and delivered a gift to every child in the village. Every kid. No matter what else you did or didn't get, Village Santa always brought something neat. And we loved trying to guess which Santa had come to our house!

  7. All of the Christmases as a young child I remember fondly, between the ages of 5 and 12. We had such lovely traditions and it was so cozy and warm in the country with are fireplace going. sigh.
    It was fun as teenagers too but it wasn't as EXCITING!!! as it is when you are a little kid and you can't wait to open those presents and get that Strawberry Shortcake doll!

  8. It sounds like quite a book. I love the ones that make me remember...

  9. I was recently reading a lot of Christmas stories - and this book seems just right up my alley. I'll have to look for it.

  10. "True faith is forged in the furnace, not the showroom." -- Great quote!

    My favorite Christmas = my first white Christmas. :) Though, every Christmas while I was a child was great, too.

  11. This seems like kind of a funny story, but a cute one. I love the pictures! It kind of reminds me of the book that detailed the Regan's courtship, I think it's called "With Love from Ronnie". Really cute stories and their letters back and forth with pictures. Some interesting, some not. But I like the Christmas aspect of this one.

    As for Christmas memories. Probably my favorite have been since my hubby and I were married. I don't know, there's just something about being with him on this very special holiday that warms my heart. It makes me appreciate it more than I ever did as a child I think.

    Merry Christmas Juju!

  12. You reada lot of christmas books this season. So much fun! Great review!

  13. I love that even though some chapters were slow, others really made you emotional, any book that can make me cry is one that I always remember. I think my favorite Christmas was the first one after I got married and hubs and I were in our first house, it was fun to be able to start our own traditions:)

  14. Hmmm.. I'm not a big fan of Memoirs, but this one sounds like a fun trip down memory lane, plus I love to look at old photographs too.

  15. Delightful review as usual Juju. This author has actually come through our little town a few times on the book signing trail. Gets a crowd every time. Thanks for the share!

  16. Looks like a good book to read this festive season...

  17. Cute holiday book indeed!

    I have many good Christmas memories. No matter how tough times were, my parents always made sure we had a nice Christmas and got at least one big gift. It's the spending time with the family that I remember most. Gifts too but sitting around the tree means the most. oh don't make me get misty ;)

  18. Great review! I don’t read many memories, but this one sounds perfect for this time of year.

  19. Memoirs not memories ;) Of course I also don’t read many memories seeing as how I’m not telepathic ;)

  20. We don't celebrate Xmas, but I always visits friends who celebrate Xmas. I love the cookies and cakes!

  21. I don't read too much non-fiction but this one sounds like it would make me cry too.

  22. sounds like a wonderful collection. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!!!!

  23. Hmm this sounds like a really nice memoir. I've found that almost all memoirs have great chapters, while others seem to drag. I hope you're having an excellent week leading up to Christmas!

  24. I love Christmas and love anything that depicts it.. books, movies, traditions!

    I may check it out!


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  25. Like your favorite quote!!!!

    Have a wonderful Holiday!!!!!!



  26. oohh i love reading memoirs! and one about christmas? sign me up please. definitely adding it to my wishlist.

  27. Shhh dont tell anyone but I wanted Mike to win the primary not John McCain.....:D

    We got to meet him when he was here in Michigan and he is a very cheery guy

  28. Wonderful review, Juju! I, too, love seeing old photos of people. Happy holidays! =]

  29. I'm always turned away from books which are a compilation of short stories, not sure why, but I am.

    As for my favorite Christmas, I'd say it was the one I celebrated with my daughter after she was born on the 20th of December. I was so happy to have a healthy beautiful baby girl. It was the best gift ever!

  30. I do like short stories too! David Sedaris is my favorite. They are very far from Christian fiction, but hilarious. Have you read Holidays on Ice?

  31. Oh, I really love the cover of this book! I do not celebrate Christmas but I really, really love the beautiful decoration. Will be going to some malls this Christmas day to see some of the beautiful stuffs they got there!

    P.S Merry Christmas to you, Juju! Hope that you'll be having a great time this weekend =) Remember me when you eat some of those cookies ;)

  32. I've given his books to friends before and they've loved them although I've never actually read an entire book of his as of yet. I'm glad you found some holiday cheer in this one!

  33. Katie & Kim: Yah! :) I feel so honored.

    Blod: I would like to imagine that by next year I will have pumped you full of Christmas book ideas ;)

    Melissa, Nina, Cherry, Missie, and Jenny N.: Thank you and thanks for stopping by! :)

    Mad Scientist: Why thank you darling :)

    Renee Ann: That sounds absolutely magical! Thank you so much for sharing it with me! :)

    Michelle: OMG I loved loved loved my Strawberry Shortcake doll! *high five* I had the one that blew strawberry scented kisses! :-> You have me reminiscing now.

    Gina Hott: Agreed! :)

    Aths: You have! You go girl! *high five*

    JessicaBookLover: Thanks :) When was your first white Christmas?

    1stdaughter: Oooo I need to read that! And you brought tears to my eyes with the way you talked about your hubster!

    Jenny: Oh that is beautiful! :) Thank you for sharing and stopping by!

    GMR: Ooo really? I want to meet him!

    Jenny Girl: You sound like you have some really really amazing parents! :) Now I'm getting misty.

    Christie: LOL :) No worries I understood and you made me smile.

    Darlyn: Oooo the cookies! :)

    Lizzy: Ding ding ding! Nail on the head description! :)

    Maya: You too my darling friend :)

    Toothy: YAH :)

    Tina: LOL Me too! *high five*

    Bere: Thanks hon! You too! :)

    Gina Precious: That does sound like the best gift ever :) And the one that keeps on giving :)

    Kelli: No. I haven't heard of it either. Thanks for the tip! :)

    Shy: Thank you so much my sweet friend! *hugs*

    Stacy: Thanks pumpkin! *hugs*