The Secret Christmas Hardback
An Anthology of the Deeper Meanings of Christmas
by Terence Handley MacMath;
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The Secret Christmas
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"Most people keep two Christmases. One is blazing with greens, red and gold, a public-spirited, family affair, an undignified, unholy row - it is the Christmas we love to hate. The other Christmas is secret - blue and silvery white for those who have the yes for that kind of thing - but for most, a fleeting sense of joy and wonder."
The Secret Christmas leaves the familiar outward celebrations and goes in search of people's deepest thoughts, feelings and memories at Christmas. It finds protest and doubt revealed in the writings of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis and many others.
A beautiful gift for all who value the true meaning of Christmas and words that really matter.
The Secret Christmas by Terence Handley MacMath was published by Dalton Longman Todd Publishers in September 2013 and is our 27464th best seller. The ISBN for The Secret Christmas is 9780232530230.
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The Secret ChristmasBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
A welcome reissue of this thoughtful little anthology, which covers Advent and Christmas, and the period through to Candlemas.
This is not the public face of Christmas, described by the editor as "the Christmas we love to hate, complete with a hundred horrid chores, unwanted relations and Bing Crosby crooning in every department store".
No, it has two more personal themes: people's "secret, private response to Christmas"; and the impulse to give, "which lies at the heart of Christmas, remembering as it does the gift of God himself to us." Christmas' real joy, according to this anthology's editor, is "always to be found in those unexpected moments when we perceive the divine presence dropping in, as it were, for a visit."
You'll find in these pages some seasonal items that may be familiar to you, like the famous anonymous meditation, 'The King is Coming' (often known by it's first line "Yet if his majesty, our Sovereign Lord") and poems by Thomas Hardy, George Herbert and Robert Herrick.
But what I specially appreciated was the large number of more unusual items in the selection, among them several pieces by G. K. Chesterton, and Charles Dickens, extracts from articles first published in the Church Times, a ‘blog item' by Paul Wigmore on his song "No Small Wonder", and new poems printed by permission of their authors, Jennifer Dines and Marguerite Wood.
Definitely not a hackneyed anthology.
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Details for The Secret Christmas
|Page last updated||8th August 2017|
|Author / Artist||Terence Handley MacMath|
|Publisher||Dalton Longman Todd Publishers (September 2013)|
|Number of Pages||160|