My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Got this as a Christmas gift. So cute! One of my favorite presents this year!
The book from my mom:
Can't wait to see if anyone else got me a book...a few more gift exchanges to go.
The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra
With his rosy cheeks and matching red suit—and ever-present elf and reindeer companions—Santa Claus may be the most identifiable of fantastical characters. But what do we really know of jolly old Saint Nicholas, "patron saint" of Christmastime? Ask about the human behind the suit, and the tale we know so well quickly fades into myth and folklore.
In The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, religious historian Adam English tells the true and compelling tale of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance became a man revered for his many virtues. Chief among them was dealing generously with his possessions, once lifting an entire family out of poverty with a single—and secret—gift of gold, so legend tells. Yet he was much more than virtuous. As English reveals, Saint Nicholas was of integral influence in events that would significantly impact the history and development of the Christian church, including the Council of Nicaea, the destruction of the temple to Artemis in Myra, and a miraculous rescue of three falsely accused military officers. And Nicholas became the patron saint of children and sailors, merchants and thieves, as well as France, Russia, Greece, and myriad others.
Weaving together the best historical and archaeological evidence available with the folklore and legends handed down through generations, English creates a stunning image of this much venerated Christian saint. With prose as enjoyable as it is informative, he shows why the life—and death—of Nicholas of Myra so radically influenced the formation of Western history and Christian thought, and did so in ways many have never realized.
Self love author Christine Arylo releases the official self love guidebook - practical, tangible and fun ways to truly love yourself, for real and for keeps.I don't know if I'll really get this book, but it's one that will be added to my list of books that I'll consider. I'm picky about which self help books I'll pick up, the writing style of the author has to sound like me. I want to read the book and feel as if I'm telling myself these things, as if I'm pushing myself to make the changes and helping myself.
|Season 8, Vol 1-4|
|The only two books I purchased besides the Buffy Graphic Novels.|
|Two free paper backs|
|Timonthy Zahn was there signing his book and I'm never one to pass up a free signed copy of a book.|
|The five ARCs I was able to get my hands on at different booths.|
|"special" ARCs. I got Blood Gospel when I purchased the Douche Journals and Obsidian Mirror was handed out only to librarians.|