today’s book: Amish Christmas Miracles
Last week I started my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads! (Over 50 this year – And I’m SO EXCITED about it!)
Christmas is still 31 days away BUT we all could benefit from some extra Christmas cheer this year, right? ‘Tis the season when I really start craving cozy Christmas reads (even more than I do the rest of the year lol), so now is the perfect time to jump right into these posts!
Continuing through just before Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s next book is a fabulous collection of Amish Christmas romance novellas – you can check out my review here – and some of the authors are here to share their fave Christmas traditions!
AMISH CHRISTMAS MIRACLES
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance / Amish Fiction
PUBLISHER: Blessed Publishing
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2020
Spend Christmas in Amish country.
As snow falls softly outside the window, curl up by the fire with this collection of 14 stories by your favorite Amish fiction authors. Let them transport you to Amish communities all across the country.
Travel to small towns where horses clip-clop down the road, farms dot the snow-covered landscape, and families gather to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.
Sigh over sweet stories that touch your heart. Laugh, cry, rejoice, and smile as couples renew their faith and find their perfect soul mates.
These heartwarming tales of faith, hope, love, and Christmas miracles are a special gift to you from Kathleen Fuller, Lenora Worth, Adina Senft, Laura Bradford, Jennifer Beckstrand, Jennifer (J.E.B.) Spredemann, Rachel J. Good, Serena B. Miller, Mary Alford, Loree Lough, Dana R. Lynn, Susan Simpson, Tracy Fredrychowski, and Ashley Emma.
May you be richly blessed this holiday season!
favorite Christmas traditions
My favorite Christmas tradition is spending time with family. This may sound like a cop out since everyone loves to spend time with family during Christmas. But for us, it’s the only tradition we have. I’m not a sentimental or traditional person. Neither are my three kids—who are now adults—or my husband. Oh, I tried over the years to have a variety of traditions: advent calendars, pjs on Christmas Eve, driving around to see Christmas lights, baking a cake for Jesus’s birthday…you get the picture. Nothing really stuck on a traditional basis. Instead every Christmas ended up being a little different.
But one thing remained the same, and it still does—being together as a family. That’s become more difficult now that my children are older. Our oldest son lives in Colorado with his girlfriend Sammi, and our oldest daughter Sydney and her husband Caleb are in the Army and currently stationed in Kentucky. Our youngest, Zoie, still lives with us, but eventually she’ll fly the coop, too. Having lived apart from our extended families for over twenty years, my husband and I understand the challenge of getting everyone together for Christmas. It doesn’t happen every year, but there are always phone calls, facetime, and texts. The connection is always there, even if we all aren’t in the same house together.
Ultimately the real Reason for the Season is celebrating the birth of Jesus, and we can do that whether we are together or apart. Our faith and love for him are the best traditions of all!
~ by Kathleen Fuller, author of Sleigh Bells Ring
Every December I pull out twelve special Christmas candles and use them as a centerpiece on our table. After a traditional Christmas Eve dinner of ham, Gala Jell-O Salad, and cheese potatoes, we take turns lighting the candles one-by-one. The person who lights the candle gets to pick a Christmas song that we sing together. After we sing the song, the next person lights a candle and picks another song. Once all the candles are lit, we enjoy their flickering light and share our feelings for our Savior and express appreciation for each other. It is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
I incorporated this tradition in my story about Titus Helmuth and Katie Rose featured in “The Amish Christmas Kitchen.” Titus wants Katie to feel more at home, so he uses things he finds around the barn as candles for Katie’s Christmas table tradition. (Just a spoiler: Goat poop does not burn.)
~ by Jennifer Beckstrand, author of Peanut Butter Christmas
When my daughter was a year old, we celebrated Christmas at our house. Both sides of the family came. She was the first grandchild for both my parents and my husband’s parents. We never expected the overwhelming amount of presents she’d receive. She was overwhelmed. And so were we. I was pregnant with the second of our three children. We wanted to show our children that Christmas really was about Jesus and caring for others. We had a serious talk with the grandparents. They agreed to not go overboard on gifts the next time.
My kids are all almost grown now. The youngest is nearly 17. When we get together at Christmas, however, we still try to focus on Jesus and doing something for others in our efforts to celebrate the birth of our Lord.
~ by Dana R. Lynn author of Louisa’s Christmas Blessing
Dana R. Lynn is an award-winning author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series for Kensington Books. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written 22 Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. Jennifer is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency. She and her husband have been married for 35 years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, the Amish Letters series, the Brides of Birch Creek series, the upcoming Mail Order Brides of Birch Creek, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. She has also contributed to numerous novella collections. She and her husband live in Arkansas and have three adult children. When she’s not writing, Kathleen is avidly crocheting, reading, and traveling, sometimes all at the same time. She runs the Facebook group Books & Hooks, which combines her love of books, crochet, and collecting recipes that she’ll never have enough time to make.
Other Authors in This Collection
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What about you? What makes you want to read Amish Christmas Miracles? What is one of your fave Christmas traditions?