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Monday, November 30, 2009

Kicking off 25 Days of Christmas Book Reviews! One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the ol' blogsphere, and in honor of my favorite holiday, I am going to attempt to review 25 Christmas Books between now and Christmas Eve! I've got the books lined up on the shelf, just raring to go!

And to make this a special event, I am going to be giving away a special Christmas Gift Basket to one lucky commentor! I'll be adding goodies to it all month long, starting off with a copy of Debbie Macomber's "The Perfect Christmas," and JoAnna Carl's "The Chocolate Snowman Murders." I'll draw for the winner on December 15th, so that the package will have time to reach the recepient before Christmas!

(Just a note: I will also be posting a few additional non-Christmas reviews along the way, but comments on those will not count towards the Christmas giveaway.)

So, come back by each day and see what new holiday book I will be sharing with you, and be sure to leave lots of comments!

To kick off the festivities, I bring you a book that is perfect for the beginning of the holiday season....

Christmas is a time when people usually feel fairly generous to each other. But what if we practiced that holiday-time generosity year round? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we tried to do one simple act of kindness every day?

This is the premise behind Debbie Macomber’s new book, “One Simple Act: Discovering The Power of Generosity.” Macomber, who is well known for her best-selling romantic novels, and seasonal holiday stories, shows an intimate side of herself in this dramatic book that is all about sharing ourselves with the world.

Macomber explains, through her own personal experiences, biblical tales, and other people’s real-life stories, how by giving the simple but impacting gifts of time, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayer, hospitality, service, and even forgiveness can have lasting, life-changing effect, not only on the person receiving of such meaningful gifts but on the giver as well.

“I am convinced that we cannot become all we could be until we are willing to unclench our hands and release what we’ve been clinging to, what we’ve been determined to keep for ourselves,” say Macomber. “The intriguing part is that once we release such gifts, we are free to take hold of something more, something better, something that God has wanted to give us for a very long time.”

In other words, Macomber believes that by doing intentional acts of generosity, people can open their lives to the very best that God has to offer, and in the process make life a little better for someone else.

And the acts of generosity don’t have to be hard… the key word in the title of the book is Simple. Just a few suggestions include listening to a friend, paying forward for someone at the grocery store, or sending a note of encouragement to one who may be having problems. There are many simple ideas listed in the book, as well as “discovery” section that encourage mediation, thought and prayer.

This slender book has the power to change the world, if only by one person at a time. Macomber gives encouragement and suggestions through her warm, heartfelt storytelling, and open honesty. And it couldn’t have come at a better time than during the Christmas season, but should also be kept handy all year-long as a reminder to be kind to each other.

Happy Holiday Reading!


Miss Remmers said...

This looks like so much fun! I can't wait to see what you will come up with Sharon!

Janel said...

Sounds like a very powerful concept. Once the excitement of the holidays is over (and Black Friday) I think people often forget to be generous.

hmsgofita said...

Can't wait for your reviews!

Jenn said...

I have read other books by this author and found them to be gently witty and thoughtful. I will definitely have to pick this one up as well. Thanks for the review!