Dec. 6, 2012
The Christmas Star by Ace Collins
-- Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas, the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal and rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed, that shining star represents loss, pain and suffering. But a letter delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers, and a mystery posed in that letter put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then when least expected, a Christmas miracle wfavv turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that the boy has never known.
From best-selling author of Stories Behind the Best-Loved Hymns, Ace Collins has crafted a novella that prompts memories of Christmases past and shows the power behind the hope and faith of children.
"Consider what Christmas 1945 must have been like in the United States. For millions of families it was the first time they had been together in years. For hundreds of thousands of men in uniform it was an incredible homecoming. Now think about what the Christmas would have been like for those whose loved ones died during the war. The loneliness they experienced during the war would now be magnified as they watched others experience this reuniting. Thus, because Christmas 1945 was one of the most unique in history and the emotions that accompanied that holiday season were likely running the deepest, it seemed the perfect time to set a novel that focused on the real message of loss, sacrifice and faith." -Ace Collins