In My Heart I Carry a Star : Stories for Advent
In this (newly revised and improved in 2016) 2nd edition of his popular Christmas devotional book, Derek Maul updates, reformats, adds some new content, and generally refreshes his timeless collection of Advent stories. What's a tree doing in my living room? Why is it dressed in a kind of horticultural drag? Have you ever found yourself reclining in your favorite chair on a cold December evening, a cup of coffee poised on your lap, staring at the Christmas tree in the corner and wondering that very thing? Whether you're an observant Christian who loves the meaning and celebration of the season or a burned-out one, In My Heart I Carry A Star is a devotional-story almanac to understand and appreciate the possibilities Christmas offers. No matter where you are spiritually, Christ desires to bless you with an Advent journey overflowing with expectation and peace and life and hope and love. "This is my prayer," writes Maul, "that in the midst of all the wonder, and the bustle, and the peace, and the constant performance art that is December, the Jesus who makes my life necessarily uncomfortable at times will work God's inexorable way out of the margins and into the heart of Christmas Present for each of us." Derek Maul is a great storyteller. Along with a knack for commenting on life with wit and humor, he recognizes God's grace in the midst of it all. The stories within this book reveal the light to be found in the season's swirl of festivities, stresses, memories and difficult realities.
- Paperback | 150 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.64mm | 281.23g
- 07 Jul 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Derek Maul
AMY-Award winning news columnist Derek Maul loves life with a passion and is committed to sharing his joy with others. His books offer inspiration, encouragement, and unique insight into the spiritual journey. Derek's writing has been featured in The Tampa Tribune, Newsweek, USA Today, Guideposts Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today and The Presbyterian Outlook - as well as many international devotional publications. He also writes for several on-line venues, including coach Tony Dungy's AllProDad.com. Derek won his "AMY" for faith-based journalism, and is in increasing demand as a conference leader and keynote speaker. Derek worships at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church in Wake Forest, NC, where his wife, Rebekah, is senior pastor. Their son, Andrew, lives abroad with his bride, Alicia; their daughter, Naomi, lives in Virginia with her husband, Craig Campbell, and their two children. The Mauls share their empty nest with a huge labradoodle named Scout.