Christmas Parables: Unwrapping the Gift of Hope

Christmas Parables: Unwrapping the Gift of Hope

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There is a remarkably thin line between despair and hope, and perhaps the greatest tragedy is to find ourselves standing for a long period of time of the side of despair.  “Christmas Parables” is a collection of short stories about an assortment of characters who found hope.  The unifying theme running through each tale is Christmas. 

 On these pages you will meet a father who nearly gave up everything when he lost a son he adored; a young pastor who felt the despair of failure with his church; a war hero who barely held on to a shred of hope while lying in a Colorado snow bank; a man who lost his precious wife but learned how to find hope by giving it to others; and a myriad of other folks who might seem like familiar friends from your own experience. 

 As you read these parables, you will indeed unwrap the gift of hope, which is the greatest of all Christmas gifts.  Share them with family and friends.  Ten short stories that will certainly enhance your Christmas celebration. 

 Terry Austin began writing these stories during the Christmas season more than 15 years ago.  He needed something to add to a church Christmas program, so he wrote a short story that was well received.  When people expected another story a year later, a tradition was born.  The stories have not only been read as part of a church program, but in family gatherings and various other holiday events.  As Terry’s family gathers each Christmas Eve, they expect a new story.