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The Judge Who Stole Christmas

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  568 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
A Yuletide free-for-all.

It starts innocently enough in the town square of Possum, Virginia. But it ends up as a spectacular national scandal: Can a federal judge outlaw Christmas?

Thomas Hammond and his wife play Joseph and Mary in the annual live nativity scene in their hometown. But a federal judge rules the display unconstitutional � and a Christmas showdown ensues. Th
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published October 18th 2005 by WaterBrook Press
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Dec 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-freebies
I thought this book was an alright read, I really don't see why quite a few people gave it bad reviews. When I picked up this book, what I was looking for was a fun, light, Christmas themed read, and that's exactly what this was. I noticed alot of the other reviewers were claiming it had wrong information in it, what they mean by that, I don't know. But what I do know is this book is considered FICTION... And I'm not a lawyer so I don't know if the author stayed true to proper lawyer etiquette, ...more
Randy Singer has once again penned a courtroom drama focused on a Christian vs. secular problem that keeps the reader riveted to the last page. This time it is a live nativity scene in a small town square. Thomas and his wife Therese are Joseph and Mary in the local live nativity, and Thomas is served with a court summons from the ACLU as he takes part a few weeks before Christmas. Local resident, basketball great, and soon to be lawyer, Jasmine Woodfaulk, becomes Thomas' representative before t ...more
I am a sucker for Christmas books. It doesn't matter what time of year, I'll read one even in the 100+ degree weather while sitting inside with the central air on.

Straight off the bat, while this story did manage to keep my attention, it may not leave a lasting impression on me. There was very little character depth in any of the characters and most of the time I was left scratching my head as to how many children the Hammond family actually have because the baby kept being left out wherever he
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I picked up this book because it worked for the ABC challenge and since it was Christmas time when I read it, another good reason to read this story.

As crazy as today's world is with what is not politically correct and things being taken away or changed, this book fits right in with that mindset. For some reason, the ACLU has decided that this small town in Virginia is violating an amendment by having a live nativity scene in the town square. It is never really said how they know about this or w
Rachel Grepke
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christmas is a special time of the year. Holy, sacred, beautiful and joyous. Sadly, many things about this holiday have been taken out of hand in the past few years. This book, while a work of fiction, is not only well written, but also right on point. This world will oppose the Lord and those of us who stand with Him till He returns. And yet, there are those that stand up when the time is right and needed. I highly suggest this easy and meaningful read.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Story

This isn't a traditional Christmas story.
It's well written, the story could happen in today's climate of use happy people.

There are twists you won't expect and I won't give away.

The ending isn't what I wanted, but it's really good!

It's a fast read. I recommend it.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I love Randy Singer books! I usually do not read Christmas books, but this one caught my eye and I was not disappointed. This is the only book that I can remember reading that gave me goosebumps at the end. I encourage you read it.
Lisa Reidinger
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice holiday story.
Wanda Burquest
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A slightly different type of book by Randy Singer. It still involves a lawyer. This one is a struggle for freedom.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Judge Who Stole Christmas is a fairly short novella which I picked up for free in the Amazon Kindle deals page last year. I haven't had the inspiration to read it until recently.

The premise of the story is that a father and family who has been acting out a live Nativity in the town square for years, are forced to stop when the ACLU presses charges. A 3rd year law student from the same town gets thrown into the high-publicity 1st Amendment court case and is fighting with her own ideals and st
Paula  Phillips
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What starts out as a small town community celebrating Christmas in their town of Possum, Virginia with a nativity scene set up in their town will turn to a national news story when they are told that it is against the law to have their nativity scene up during this time. For a few years now Thomas and his wife Theresa Hammond have played the famous Mary and Joseph during Christmas time and many have come to visit the nativity scene set-up and all is well until the pair are served with papers as
Julia Nashif
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the beginning, I wasn't expected to like this, but I was pleasantly surprised the more I got into it.

What held me back at the beginning was the fact the Thomas was such a misguided person. He meant well, but he had killed his child a year before. Seriously. His four year old has appendicitis (something my own brother nearly died from), but he refused to bring the kid to the hospital until it was too late. Instead, he decided to tell God what to do and fully expected God to pull a miracle at
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have not read a Singer book I did not like. His weaving of the law, US Constitution, and faith make for the perfect backdrop to a wonderful novel. He will, at times, have Joel C. Rosenbergian moments of gospelizing, as I call it, but not as 'bash the heathen over the head' as some I have read.

In this, Singer uses some well-known characters from his past novels, add some family spice, and produces a true legal/faith/constitutional classic. He tackles real-life issues and uses a holiday backdrop
This was not read at Christmastime, but it certainly didn't matter. I loved it! It is definitely a book that had me thinking beyond the pages. The topic is one which concerns many Americans - How far can the legal system actually go in restricting our expression of our religious beliefs? The legal argument was presented very well, yet in a way that even a layperson can grasp. I loved the way the father was courageous and willing to stand up for what he believed in, but there were some hard edges ...more
Glenda Findley
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A few weeks back, I was walking through my library waiting on computer updates and while a supporter of indie readers, The Judge Who Stole Christmas, a novella by Randy Singer, caught my attention. What an interesting title and a new author to me.

Excellent read. I love courtroom drama. And, as a character driven reader, this fictional tale of current conflict is packed with and interesting and believable cast. Well-written with an interesting ending, this novella was hard to put down once start
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it
An interesting free (Christian) book for my Kindle that discusses the legalities of prohibiting a manger scene at the town square at Christmas. When the ACLU brings suit, and the defendant (a private citizen who gets involved because of the principle) ends in jail, his pro bono attorney (who is a 3rd-year law student and former basketball "star" of the small town of Possum in Virginia) does her best by finiding what she hopes are "relevant" cases. The entire question of Christians being allowed ...more
Sep 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]This short book was still a nice heartwarming read about what happens when a man is ordered by a local judge to stop displaying a living nativity scene in the town square. Singer's legal knowledge is evident as he takes us through several trials and legal proceedings. [return][return]Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.[return]"Singer also tries to put a human face on the ...more
Rick Schmidt
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book about one man's ability to make a display in a public square for Christmas. Interesting debates about what can and can't be done on public property and it's funny how it all turns out in the end where his attorney (who is a law student) ends up deciding to forgo life in New York City at a big law firm to do what she thinks is right in representing him. She gets help along the way from some interesting and unexpected places. But how does everything turn out? Read the book to find o ...more
I read this story because I did not think here in America we would come to such a big split between government and religion. The characters seemed to be true-to-life, but the ending of the story was to "happily ever after" for my liking. One thing I questioned was why would a law firm be so against a law student standing up for her beliefs, yet it is ok for them to make big waves defending a person they don't really believe in? I did feel a little let down by the story, I had very high hopes for ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Thomas is part of the live Christmas nativity set up on the town square. When the ACLU gets him put in jail an almost lawyer (one semester left) is assigned to take on his case pro bono. Jasmine Woodfaulk, the lawyer and ex college ball player, is faced with decisions of what is important in her life. In some respects a legal presentation of religion and the government, and just what is the real reason for celebrating Christmas. A Christian author.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author Randy Singer, who also happens to be an attorney, writes well regarding the clash of Christianity and secularism in today's American society. In this short, entertaining and thought-provoking novel, the main plot involves a subject that is very timely ... a subject that you'll regularly find in today's news stories and lawsuits -- whether a nativity display on public property is or isn't ok per the U.S. Constitution.
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas-books
Small town has a living manger scene set up on the town square each evening during the Christmas Season. A few people file a complaint and it goes to court. "Joseph" and the leader of the living manger scene fight the case and "Joseph" ends up in jail. When he's released he defies the court order and is jailed again.

The book has a typical "Christmas book" ending. It was OK
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed 99% of this book very much. The basketball went over my head somewhat (excuse the pun) and the religion was a little outside my comfort zone too, but the book was well written, the characters believable and the legal aspects interesting.

For me, the ending let it down. Just a bit too miraculous to be true. But I suppose it *is* Christmas...
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Randy Singer. I like how he brought back the Hammond family & showed Thomas Hammond to be as strong hearted & stubborn as he was before. I also like the addition of Jazz, as she proved to be an excellent character that I hope he uses again. Looking forward to more & more Randy Singer books in the future!!!
I started this book last Christmas and finished it this Christmas. That's how much time I didn't have to read for pleasure. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I can't believe that I could still remember what had happened in the story after a whole year! I would definitely recommend you give it a read. If you like Christmas, basketball, Christians, and courtrooms this is your book.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Bland, unimaginative plot line. Jasmine, the main character, is the only likeable character in the whole book. The other characters are one-dimensional caricatures of what a reader would expect from a Christian book. If you want to read a book about a topic that's been beaten to death within modern Christian fiction, then this is for you. Skip it.
Joan Arning
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This well written story is about a man who refuses to follow a judge's ruling to stop putting up a nativity scene publicly. The story also features the judge who is nicknamed Ichabod and surprising facts about her. This thought-provoking book will make you think twice about the reason for the season!
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a short Christmas novella. It was my first exposure to lawyer/writer Randy Singer. "The Judge Who Stole Christmas" is not a legal thriller ... more of a feel-good family story to read aloud over the holidays. However, it prompted me to go to the library and try one of Singer's courtroom novels.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Singer is a Christian author but this is the first time I have ready anything he has written. This story told of things going on, today, that too many Christians just shrug their shoulders about. I liked how the story line was drawn and having a surprising ending. A feel good kind of book that was a fast, and enjoyable, read.
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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ...more
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