Friday, September 25, 2009

Book Review: The Great Christmas Bowl

The Great Christmas Bowl
Written by Susan May Warren

I love Christmas.

I love my family.

But I don't love it when I get so caught up in the busy, busy that I forget the true meaning of the holiday. Gah! What is it with we women anyway?

The Great Christmas Bowl tells the amusing story of Marianne Wallace who is focused on two things this holiday season:planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship.

Mothers will go to great lengths to make things perfect...and sometimes it includes a trout costume, shaking up the traditional church tea, and making sure all your children are home for the perfect Christmas.

Yet, we all know that while a man woman will make her plans, sometimes God has a different idea.

What I liked about this book

I just couldn't get over the trout costume! The authors description of it and my own mental image painted a hysterical picture and I adored the fact that Marianne was willing to go that extra mile for her youngest son. I'm not sure I could have! Funny stuff.

Yet, more importantly, I saw myself in the same struggles with keeping the true meaning of Christmas in a season that often times gets out of control.

This is a sweet, short story that will make a perfect gift for your girlfriend, sister, and mother.

About the Author

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found HERE


Be a part of the Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange!

Susan loves getting recipes from friends, and sharing the delicious cookies, soups, breads and other fun fixings that go with celebrating the Christmas season. More than that, she loves the crazy stories about favorite Christmases – serious, touching, funny…whatever. Find the recipe contest HERE

Will you share your story and recipe with Susan and the readers of The Great Christmas Bowl? She will post your story and recipe on the FRONT PAGE of The Great Christmas Bowl website, and send you a link when it goes up so you can tell all your friends. Then, at The Great Christmas Bowl party (December 5th, 10am, online! Details TBA) she’ll make the entire cookbook available for download! For every recipe/story you submit (up to 3), you will be entered in a drawing to receive one of SMW’s collections (Noble Legacy, Team Hope,Heirs of Anton, Deep Haven Series, Josey series, or THE ADVANCED COPY of Sons of Thunder – Susie’s brand new epic World War 2 novel, due out in January 2010!)


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Final Thoughts

The Great Christmas Bowl is a sweet story that really gets to the heart of a mother. At some point in time, each of us will face our own empty nests and for many of us it will be a struggle. This short story reminded me that Christmas isn't really about the perfect dinner or cookie or gift, it's about the wonderful gift God gave us in His son, Jesus Christ.

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