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Schaap tells stories on ‘Finding Christmas’ CD

December 2, 2008

Finding Christmas

A collection of Christmas stories by James Calvin Schaap, Sioux Center, has been recorded by the author and released as a set of two CDs for the upcoming holiday season.

“Finding Christmas” features seven of Schaap’s short stories, in a poignant listening experience that rekindles the joy of the season and is sure to become an annual tradition.

“I’ve been asked to record my stories a hundred times, so I finally did it,” says Schaap, whom reviewers have described as the Garrison Keillor of Northwest Iowa. “In fact, I actually did it myself.”

In his own inimitable style, Schaap brings life to the memorable characters in his yuletide tales, who deal with common Christmas events in some very unexpected ways.

“Finding Christmas” is the audio version of the collection of Christmas stories published by Revell as “Startling Joy” three years ago. Each story has a miracle moment in this messy world that Schaap says, “is enough to make you believe in Christmas all over again.”

The author of 22 books and countless short stories, Schaap’s work has received awards from Christianity Today, the Evangelical Press Association, the Associated Church Press, Best Christian Writing, the Christy Award, and others. He earned his bachlor’s degree at Dordt College; a master’s degree at Arizona State University; and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

A professor of English at Dordt College, Schaap selected a Dordt student to assist him with this project. Alyssa Hoogendoorn, Rock Valley, is a freshman communication major who did much of the legwork on the audio compilation, including the CD’s graphic design and selection of a publishing company. “Alyssa did wonderful work on this, and is a great example of the smart, creative students we have here at Dordt College,” said Schaap, who recorded the audio during his summer vacation.

Schaap has posted a sample story on his blog. “First Cry in a Stable” can be found when you scroll down the left column to “readings.”

The audio book may be purchased at the Dordt College Bookstore. Dr. Schaap is available for a limited number of live readings and audio book signings on request.

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