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Here are several Christmas and LDS holiday books that have been recently released. See more holiday-theme books and music here.

"GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD," by Eric D. Huntsman, Deseret Book, $27.99 (nf)
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Eric D. Huntsman, an associate professor at Brigham Young University, uses the narratives of the four gospels in the New Testament to explore the birth of Jesus Christ along with other mentioned events and people, including the stories of Mary, Zacharias and John the Baptist. He also intermixes some of the culture and traditions of the era along with information from other scholars to help bring out details to better understand the events around the Nativity.

Interwoven throughout "God So Loved the World" are photos, art and maps along with historical traditions, including why Christmas is on Dec. 25, along with ways to celebrate Advent.

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"THE MANSION: 100th Anniversary Edition," by Henry Van Dyke, illustrated by Dan Burr, Deseret Book, $18.99 (f)
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In President Thomas S. Monson's remarks during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, he mentioned that he read Henry Van Dyke's "The Mansion."

This 100th-anniversary edition published by Deseret Book includes both an illustrated version and the complete text of the story about a man who learns how selfishly holding onto money on earth translates to a home in the next life.

"A BOOK OF MORMON CHRISTMAS," by Michelle Kendell, illustrated by Mark McKenna, Cedar Fort, $9.99, 32 pages (nf)
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“A Book of Mormon Christmas” by Michelle Kendall and illustrated by Mark McKenna offers a collection of Book of Mormon verses relating to the birth of Jesus Christ. Native American stylized borders frame the pages containing the verses.

The scripture verses are complemented by McKenna's original Book of Mormon illustrations. His soft charcoal drawings highlight the book.

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— Rosemarie Howard

"THREADS OF FAITH: A Christmas Miracle," by Shauna V. Brown, Bonneville Books, 122 pages, $9.99 (f)
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At 14, Hillary Whitman hears the Mormon missionaries preach in England and after deciding to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she is cut off from her family. As she makes her way in a new faith and heads to a new land, she hopes for a miracle.

"A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER: A Collection of Heartwarming True Christmas Stories," Covenant Communications, $9.99, 89 pages (nf)
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More than a dozen LDS authors, including Anita Stansfield, Jerry Borrowman, Gale Sears and K.C. Grant, share stories of their memorable Christmases.

"BABY JESUS IS BORN," by Val Chadwich Bagley and Amy Mullins, Covenant Communications, $7.99
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This board book shows the story of the Nativity with simple, rhyming lines.

"SNOW ANGELS," by Angel Randall, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Shadow Mountain, $17.99, 32 pages (f)
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Two little girls get stuck in the snow and must call on the Snow Angels for help. That experience inspires them to become "angels" themselves and help others by doing such things as visiting lonely neighbors, making cookies and making quilts in this picture book by LDS author Angel Randall.

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— Carma Wadley

"ANGELS BENDING NEAR THE EARTH," by Kerry Blair, Covenant Communications, $2.49, 7 pages
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LDS author Kerry Blair shares the true story of a Christmas pageant director who is tasked with getting 20-plus children to perform when just before it's about to start a little girl reminds her of a promise.

"THE STORY OF CHRIST: A Scriptural Retelling," adapted by Jay A. Parry, Deseret Book, $2.99, 12 pages (nf)
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This booklet includes accounts from both the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants in story form and gives family home evening suggestions.

"THE FIRST NATIVITY," by Ron Brough and Kathy Jenkins, Covenant Communications, $3.99, 14 pages
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Based on a concept by Steven Brett Carlson, a woodworker works to create a special chest to hold sacred objects as he tells his son the story of the Nativity.