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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Review, Giveaway & Ten's List: Finding the Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher

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Finding the Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher

After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.

My Thoughts: I really love this story and Kimball Fisher's reasoning behind writing it. Happy tears were brought to my eyes during my reading. Fisher has created a story that will touch hearts across all ages. "Finding The Baby Jesus" reminds us of the meaning of Christmas and that one is never to young to discover that meaning. I will be sharing this story with my family this holiday season.

Ten's List:
Top Christmas Songs

It's tough to get it down to ten, but here goes:

1- "O Holy Night" is one of my all time favorites. That's why I featured it as the song sung by the carolers in FINDING THE BABY JESUS. If I don't hear someone belt it out as a solo in church or on a Christmas special on TV every holiday season, I feel cheated. My favorite performance was by Nat King Cole.

2- "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's Messiah. It's Handel. With Isaiah. An inspirational artistic dream team.

3- Almost anything in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

4- "The First Noel." I think that it was one of the first songs I sang with my family when I figured out how to make up a harmony part before I could read music. And I love the version sung by Bing Crosby. Old school Christmas at its best!

5- "Mele Kalikimaka." Combines two of my two favorite things: Christmas and Hawaii.

6- Anything my niece, Kate, plays on the Harp.

7- "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" recorded by Johnny Mathis. My sweetie thinks it is too sad and has requested I discontinue humming it at Christmas, but I find it beautiful and haunting.

8- "Christmas in Killarney" performed by my main man Bing. Who doesn't like an Irish jig at Christmas?

9- "O Come All Ye Faithful" sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We have a family tradition of starting Christmas day by marching downstairs to the hymn so we can open presents (lined up in birth order). It's a tradition that started in my wife's family when she was a little girl and her father sung in the choir.

10- "Santa baby." Just to mix it up a little. 

Praise for Finding the Baby Jesus:

“Tender and true, this warm Christmas tale brought tears to my eyes.”
–Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the much-beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club series and Oregon Book Award winner for The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

“A touching story that speaks to the importance of family, giving, and the true spirit of Christmas.”
–Matthew Kirby, author of Icefall, winner of the Edgar Allen Poe and the Pen Center USA Literary Awards for Children’s Literature

“Deeply moving. Poignant.”
–Deborah Halverson, former editor at Harcourt Children’s Books and author of Honk If You Hate Me, a Gayle McCandliss Literary Award Winner

"The perfect little book to tuck away with your Christmas things and bring out year after year to read with family. As mother to three boys, I can't imagine a better protagonist than Chris. His typical teenage attitude followed by the softening of his heart towards a friend teaches a poignant and very relatable lesson on the true meaning of Christmas."
–Amazon review

"After I read this short story I felt like I had read a novel--every sentence is packed with action and imagery. I was emotionally connected to the characters, and the story is touching. I didn't see the plot twist at the end coming! A great story to read every Christmas."
–Amazon review


Author Kimball Fisher

Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.


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  1. Amazing book. I look forward to sharing this reading with my family.

  2. I loved this book, too!! It's definitely a keeper!

  3. Thanks so much for your post about my little Christmas book!