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Saint Nicholas (Christian Encounters Series)
You know him as the rotund merry-maker in the red suit. But set aside the childhood myth. In this portrait, you'll encounter the true St. Nicholas, a figure revered for his astonishing miracles and a humility that redirected all attention to God's glory. You'll be amazed to find St. Nicholas always turning up at just the right time--rescuing sailors from the certain death ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is now beginning. During this time, there will be cultural battles not just between Christians and secularists, but amongst Christians as well. All too many folks like to pit Santa Claus against Our Lord and Savior Jesus in terms of how Christmas is celebrated. They act as if it is an “either/or” proposition. Santa is “secular”, they say. Well, if he is secular, then that is largely the fault of society which has made him into a secular symbol. Origi ...more
Due to my lack of familiarity with Nicholas of Myra, I was expecting more of a biography to be found on the pages of this book. Little did I know there was not much to tell regarding factual accounts. In light of this, Wheeler did the best he could with what he had. Perhaps a deeper interest in the folklore that St. Nicholas' person would become would have allowed me to enjoy it a bit more. However, it was still somewhat enjoyable. What facts are available are good ones. Nicholas of Myra cetainl ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Jeffrey Williams rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Joe Wheeler did a wonderful job in his narrative recounting the tales of Saint Nicholas of Myra and bring it forward to today's Christmas traditions. While most of the ground has been covered by other contemporary writers, so he doesn't break much in the way of new ground, he establishes a connection between the First Crusade and a speech by Pope Urban at Bari, and recounts a heartwarming tale of St. Nicholas offering deliverance to a Russian couple in World War I. Both of those pieces to the na ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Joshua Duffy rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Great lil book which covers the historical trajectory of St Nicholas. From his humble beginnings, to his bishopric in Myra (Derme), to his involvement with Constantine and the Council of Nicea, and then the journey which the historical figure took to get to our modern day conventions of 'Santa Claus', this book is concise and extremely interesting. I'll be returning to this one fo sho.
Joe Wheeler has been labeled many things: as Father Christmas because of his editing/compiling America’s longest-running Christmas of story series — Christmas in My Heart (now in its 18th season); as one of America’s leading story anthologists (56 story collections by twelve publishing houses); as the world’s foremost authority on life and times of the frontier writer Zane Grey (he is co-founder a ...moreMore about Joe L. Wheeler...
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