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The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God's Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected

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This touching Christmas tale by Eugene Peterson, author of The Message Bible, reminds readers young and old alike to stay alert for God’s most unexpected gifts.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by NavPress (first published July 1st 2003)
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Jeff Bjorgan
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Peterson's on children's book, is a cute and whimsical story about first-world-problem kids that find a troll who teaches them about the real meaning of Christmas. Although simple, and definitely for the younger ages of children, the themes often found in Peterson's writings still make an entrance: the North American struggle with materialism, the "earthiness" of the human experience, the mystery of the Gospel, and the generous grace of God.
Sarah Middlestead
Own. I can never decide if I like this story or not.
Chris
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. I really liked to troll story that Peterson sampled in his memoir *The Pastor* and so I thought I might enjoy this one as well, but I wasn't crazy about it.
Kay Mcgriff
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Trolls are so ridiculous--and make the best kind of present of all. This delightful book makes me laugh with the unexpected surprise. Andrew is determined to be angry that his Christmas is ruined because his parents won't let him open just one present early. But it's hard to stay angry when you're bouncing on a troll's soft belly.
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Eugene H. Peterson was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. For many years he was James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He had written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language ...more

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