New Christmas books from humorous to inspiring

Published: Saturday, Dec. 3 2011 3:00 p.m. MST

These Christmas books include humorous pokes at cakes to inspiring stories of both present-day tales of forgiveness and redemption and seeking the peace and spirit of the season.

HARDBACKS

"THE SNOW ANGEL," by Glenn Beck with Nicole Baart, Threshold Editions, $21, 288 pages (f)

“The Snow Angel” tells the story of Rachel, a woman stuck in a loveless, abusive marriage and bereft of any real hope. Her singular joy in life is Lily, her 11-year-old daughter. It’s a deeply personal story, shimmering with the fragile hope that Christmas stirs within us — the hope for forgiveness, for redemption and in our yearning to be known.

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— Scott Livingston

"LOST DECEMBER," by Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, $19.99, 346 pages (f)

Based on a timeless Bible story, the well-told tale is the story of a contemporary prodigal son. Luke Crisp has every worldly thing he could want, as well as his father’s love. When he heads to school to get an MBA, he meets friends that draw him away from his family. Now, penniless and homeless and deserted by others, he looks to find a way back.

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— Rosemarie Howard

"JACOB T. MARLEY," by R. William Bennett, Shadow Mountain, $17.99, 202 pages (f)

Utah author R. William Bennett tells Jacob T. Marley's side of the "A Christmas Carol" in how his life influenced Ebenezer Scrooge and what allowed Marley to appear that Christmas Eve night that put into events that changed Scrooge.

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— Christine Rappleye

"CARVING ANGELS," by Diane Stringham Tolley, Cedar Fort, $12.99, 115 pages (f)

Author Diane Stringham Tolley illustrates that divine strength in her character master carver Papa Adam. Once the best of Santa’s toy carvers, when he loses his sight he loses his sense of purpose. His youngest grandchild, 5-year-old Amy, brings him a piece of wood with a request he carve one more thing for her. And Amy won’t accept his blindness as an excuse. It is a delight for readers to watch this endearing pair grow in confidence and purpose together as their talents increase.

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— Sheryl C.S. Johnson

“FULL OF GRACE: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life,” by Judith Dupre, Random House, $40, 332 pages (nf)

“Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art, and Life” by Judith Dupre is a stunning book written about one of the most mysterious yet most powerful women in history. Dupre not only created an art book about the Virgin Mary but a history of her as well. One of the most powerful parts of the book is a section titled “Mary’s Many Faces.” In this section is a series of pictures that portray Mary in many different cultural views.

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— Shelby Scoffield

"CHRISTMAS IN SUGARCREEK," by Shelley Shepard Gray, Harper Collins, $16.99, 239 pages (f)

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