Every Christmas my girls and I choose a Christmas themed book to read the month of December. Sometimes it’s an old book that we haven’t read in awhile and sometimes we are blessed with a new book to add to our collection.
This year we were extremely blessed with a chance to review “Keeping Holiday” by Starr Meade.
We haven’t finished the book yet ( we’re on chapter 8 ), but we are truly, truly enjoying this book.
Starr Meade has done a wonderful job of taking the TRUE meaning of Christmas and weaving it into a C.S. Lewis type story for all ages to enjoy.
My girls and I are drawn into the scenes and action that is going on with Dylan and his cousin Clare as they look for the ‘Founder’ and the REAL Holiday.
I love reading stories like this that make you look at our human condition in a new and different light. It’s convicting at times, but also gives you a huge sense of Hope and Love that the ‘Founder’ has for His children.
To be honest, my girls are 15 and 17 now. They were feeling a little to ‘old’ to sit and read a book like this this year, but after the first chapter we were all hooked, and they look forward to our mornings with Dylan, Clare, and the town of Holiday.
If you get a chance, stop by Crossway.org and get yourself a copy of this book.
It will not only be a blessing to you and your family, but can be a wonderful Christmas story you can add to your collection.
Here is the description from Crossway.org –
Blends fantasy and allegory to give families and children a fresh look at the wonder of the Incarnation and of the “Christmas” that occurs when God finds a lost sinner.
Dylan loves his family’s yearly vacation to Holiday and wishes it could last all year. When he finds a flyer asking if he’d like to keep Holiday, he encounters a bigger and better Holiday than the one his family has always visited; he also learns that entering it requires the Founder’s authorization. Thus begins Dylan’s quest to meet the one of whom people keep saying: “You can’t find the Founder; he finds you./He’s not just the Founder, he’s the Finder too.”
As Dylan reads of Holiday’s origins, he experiences a number of adventures and meets characters who represent the sights and sounds he always finds in Holiday—characters who explain how each of these familiarities points to the Founder’s previous rescue of the city’s inhabitants. And the more Dylan learns, the more he longs to personally know the one who holds the key to entering the “real Holiday.”
Writing for elementary-age children and older, author, teacher, and grandmother Starr Meade offers a book that families can read together, discovering along with Dylan how God brings a person to faith. Keeping Holiday is also a charming, insightful way to help children grasp the meaning of the Incarnation.