Saturday, September 26, 2015

21 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - Kathy Ide, Editor - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to be included in this new devotional book, one that lovers of fiction will really enjoy. What could be better than a short story and a Life Application for a devotional?

Welcome back, Kathy. Tell me about your upcoming book.
21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God’s Greatest Gift is the second in a series of Fiction Lover’s Devotionals, published by BroadStreet Publishing. It’s a collection of short fiction stories, all written by different authors—some new, some intermediate, and some beloved bestsellers. Each story is followed by a brief Life Application, written by the author of the story that suggests how the messages inherent in the tale can be applied to the reader’s daily life.

What’s unique about this series?
A lot of readers today love Christian fiction. But in their quiet times with the Lord, they want something with a little more depth … and something a little shorter than a novel. There are lots of compilations with short true stories out there. The Fiction Lover’s Devotionals are for readers who enjoy fiction. For people who haven’t discovered the joys of Christian fiction, these short stories will be a great introduction to it.

Which authors are included in 21 Days of Christmas?
Well, you, of course! It also has chapters by Joanne Bischof, Jan Cline, Lynn Kinnaman, and more. Bios of contributing authors are featured at the end of each chapter, so readers can get something new from the novelists they already know and love as well as samples from other authors they can add to their favorites list.

Do you have a chapter in 21 Days of Christmas too?
I do. It’s a story of what might have gone through Joseph’s mind in the moments after Mary gave birth to Jesus. I loved imagining what it must have been like to realize that you’ve been called to teach God’s Son about God. Based on what Joseph was raised to believe about the Messiah, that experience must have been mind-blowing!

What’s one of your most cherished Christmas memories?
When I was maybe ten years old, my mom asked my dad to build dollhouses for me and my two
younger sisters. He collected scrap lumber, carpet samples, strips of wallpaper, paint, and tiny furniture pieces. After working all day, then waiting for his daughters to go to bed, he stayed up late into the night in the garage, constructing a two-story house with five rooms, glued to a board that was painted green and had little trees in the wooden yard. The night before Christmas Eve, the dollhouse was finished. And my mom asked, “Where are the other two?” What? “You have three daughters, Wayne. You can’t expect them to all share one dollhouse.” After a last-minute shopping trip, he stayed up all night and built two more houses—identical in size, shape, and floor plan, but each with different wallpaper and paint and furnishings. When my sisters and I woke up on Christmas morning to three beautiful dollhouses, mine was the only one we could play with right away because the paint hadn’t yet dried on the other two! I still have a picture of those houses, with me and my sisters grinning from ear to ear, on my china cabinet.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition, and why?
Since both of my kids are now grown and living in different states, Christmas at home is pretty boring. So my husband and I fly to Colorado every year to spend the holiday with my parents, my sister, her three kids, and one of my adult sons. The other adult son joins us there every other year with his wife. This year, they’ll be bringing along my new grandbaby. Yea!

You’ll love that. Grandchildren make Christmas more special. What are the other book titles in this series?
21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God’s Unconditional Love released June 1. 21 Days of Love: Stories that Celebrate Treasured Relationships, is scheduled to release January 1, 2016, for Valentine’s Day. And 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Motherhood, is schedule to release April 1, 2016, for Mother’s Day.

How do you see people using these devotionals?
The books are being published as beautiful hardcover gift books—small enough to take with you wherever you go, and with chapters short enough to read anywhere. You can enjoy these stories over breakfast, at lunch break, before bed, or curled up in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee or tea. These books could also be used in group settings—for your book club, Bible study, life group, Sunday school class, or just getting together with friends. They make terrific gifts too—especially 21 Days of Christmas!

Where can people purchase the book?
The print version of 21 Days of Christmas can be ordered online at Amazon,,,, and The e-book is available from Amazon,, iBooks, and Google Play. 21 Days of Grace is there too! The books can also be found at Christian bookstores and some Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and Hastings stores.

What can readers do after they read the book?
There’s a forum on where people can post responses to the book and the stories in it. They can also do that on

Are you looking for stories for future books in this series?
If the first books sell well, the publisher will continue the series, so we could have several more titles to come. If you follow me on social media, or sign up for my newsletter, or check the website, you’ll get updates as they happen.

Thank you, Kathy, for sharing this new book in your devotional series with us today.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
21 Days of Christmas -
21 Days of Christmas: Stories That Celebrate God's Greatest Gift - Amazon
21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Gift - Kindle

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Robin in NC said...

Isn't Christmas time wonderful?!?! It's funny, I also got a home built doll house for my 10th Christmas(my 2 younger sisters didn't get theirs until they were 10) the background of the picture looked very similar to yours, the same kind of drapes & TV...I figure we must be fairly close in age. ;) Thanks for sharing this precious memory & chance to win your book!
rw620 AT aol DOT com

Melanie Backus said...

Kathy, 21 Days of Christmas sounds wonderful. Christmas is so special. I would love to read your book.

Melanie Backus, TX

Cindy W. said...

I would love to win this book. I just love books and novellas about Christmas.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Linda Kish said...

I love to read Christmas stories. It helps to set the mood. It's kinda hard to get in the mood for Christmas when you live in sunny So Cal. That's when I miss snow.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

I do enjoy devotionals.. I like that it is a hard cover too!
thanks for a chance to win a copy :)
Deanna in Nebraska...

Kathy Ide said...

Robin in NC ... So glad my old family picture stirred fond memories for you as well. Did you by any chance grow up in the Midwest? I think everyone had the same drapes, carpet, TV, etc. Then again, there weren't near as many options for TVs then as there are now. :-)

Kathy Ide said...

Linda Kish, I found it hard to get in the mood for Christmas the first few years after I moved to sunny So Cal too. But all the other benefits of living in "Camelot" do help soothe the ache. :-) Especially since you can drive an hour during the winter and get to snow! I used to take my boys to a cabin near Big Bear for a week (or at least a long weekend) so they could build snowmen and play with sleds and toboggans ... and build a fire in the fireplace because we actually wanted the heat. Now that my boys have grown up and moved out of state, my hubby and I fly to Colorado every Christmas to enjoy THEIR snow ... and my family who live there. :-)

Kathy Ide said...

To those of you who don't win a copy of 21 Days of Christmas in Lena's giveaway: I will be holding a contest on my Facebook page soon (probably in the next week or two). Keep an eye on that Facebook page, or go to and watch for the blog announcement or sign up for my newsletter.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to win and read this book.Thanks for the chance.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Mary Preston said...

I do love it when the Christmas books start to appear.

Mary P


Terrill R. said...

What a great series. I could see using 21 Days of Christmas as an advent book with the family.

Terrill - Lynden, WA

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Kathy, I look forward to reading this book and perhaps using the devotionals in my Teen Sunday School class. My dad didn't build me a dollhouse but he surprised me with a tin schoolhouse the Christmas when I was nine. It included a teacher, students, desks, blackboard and books. I still have the schoolhouse and my memory was published in a Gooseberry Patch Christmas cookbook. Priceless memories can never be taken away, as long as our memories exist!
Connie from KY
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Judy said...

Kathy, 21 Days of Christmas sounds like a great devotional. I would be thrilled to win a copy. I enjoyed your interview with Lena.

Judy B from Indiana

Britney Adams said...

I would love to win a copy of this wonderful book!

Britney Adams, Texas

GrandaddyA said...

This sounds like a very neat devotional book for the Christmas season.
Edward A in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Brenda Arrington said...

Sounds like a great devotional. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brenda in VA

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win this lovely book

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

kim hansen said...
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kim hansen said...

Cool christmas book. THanks for a chance to win. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte NE

Kathy Ide said...

What a great idea to use 21 Days of Christmas for Advent!

I am working on putting together a Study Guide for 21 Days of Christmas, like I did for 21 Days of Grace, the first book in this series. It provides additional questions for each chapter so you can go deeper with the lessons inherent in the short stories. It's great for individual use, families, or groups like book clubs, life groups, Bible studies, or just friends who want to get together and share.

I expect the study guide to be available sometime next month. It will be offered as a free PDF on the website and as a 99-cent e-book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

rubynreba said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win it. Love Christmas books!
Beth from IA

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Sounds like a great read!!! Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!

Sarah N.C.