Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
Christmas Hearts: Holiday Collection by Michelle Lynn Brown, Heather Hart, E.E. Kennedy, and other contributing authors is a collection of Christmas stories and devotions. Michelle Lynn Brown's 12 Visits of Christmas is about Elliott and Collette who are busy being blessings for others. Christmas at the Cactus Cafe by E.E. Kennedy is about an unusual group of people who are stranded at the cafe. The Christmas Tree Bird by Elain Faber reminds us that Christmas is not about the decorations or the presents, but all and only about baby Jesus. When Christmas Came by Betty Predmore reminds us that Jesus' life and death and our salvation are wrapped up together. Christmas at the Well by Heather Hart tells us that when we meet Jesus, it should be like having our first real Christmas. Christmas Fear by Sherry Chamblee tells us that fear, rejection, and stress were felt by the people who took part in the Christmas story. A Christmas Adventure by Tearra Rhodes is about a woman who has learned to do something for a stranger as if it is for Jesus. He Came for Failures by Lynn Mosher reminds us that many of Jesus' people failed him at times, just as we do. In Search of Bethlehem’s Babe by Lynn Mosher reminds us that the shepherds only found Jesus because they went looking for Him. Calming Christmas by Heather Hart reminds us that it is not about presents, decorations, and Christmas Cards, but is all about Jesus.
I loved the relationship between Elliott and Collette and how they blessed themselves by blessing others in 12 Visits of Christmas by Michelle Lynn Brown. I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas at the Cactus Cafe by E.E. Kennedy, especially the tall rancher, the two calves in the diner, and the surprise at the end. In When Christmas Came by Betty Predmore, I liked being reminded that heaven rejoiced at Jesus' birth. In Christmas at the Well by Heather Hart, I enjoyed being reminded that our joy at Christmas time could affect someone who watches us. In Christmas Fear by Sherry Chamblee, I liked being reminded what it might have been like for the shepherds, the wise men, and for Mary and Joseph. Christmas Hearts is a wonderful collection of Christmas stories and devotions for all readers.