Dordt College News

‘Find Christmas’ in Schaap book and holiday stories

November 12, 2009

Finding Christmas

The amazing message of Christmas can be found in the most unlikely places, says author James Calvin Schaap, Sioux Center.

He proves his point in Finding Christmas, a book of stories newly packaged and re-released for the upcoming holiday by Revell Books. Fans of Schaap’s work may recognize these classic tales from a 2005 book, titled Startling Joy: Seven Magical Stories of Christmas. An audio CD version was also released last year, and is available at the Dordt College Bookstore.

Schaap says he thinks of himself as a kind of St. Nick figure this Christmas season, with the new book and two new Christmas stories soon to appear in the December issues of The Banner (the Christian Reformed Church denominational magazine) and Perspectives (a journal of Reformed thought for the Reformed Church of America). He is also in the process of writing a novel, using The Good Father as his working title.

Grace abounds in Schaap’s stories, offering busy readers quiet moments in which to reflect upon the often unseen miracles around us. Set amid parties and pageants, shopping and filling stockings, his Christmas tales are a reminder of what this season is truly about. In his unique style, Schaap brings life to memorable characters who deal with common Christmas events in some unexpected ways.

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

A sample story from Finding Christmas is posted on Schaap’s blog. “First Cry in a Stable” can be found when you scroll down the left column to “readings.”

Both the new book and the audio CD version are available for purchase at the Dordt College Bookstore. The print version is also available from online book retailers and in Sioux Center at True Vine.

Dr. Schaap is available for a limited number of holiday event readings and book signings upon request.

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