Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas New Releases

C is for Christmas
David & Warren Weirsbe
Baker Books, November 2012
Throughout history many non-essential traditions have woven themselves into the celebration of Christmas that it's difficult to understand just what the season of Christ's birth is all about. Now beloved writer Warren W. Wiersbe and David W. Wiersbe give adults their very own A-Z primer to Christmas entitled C is for Christmas: The History, Personalities, and Meaning of Christ's Birth. Cutting through the wrapping paper and pretty bows to expose and explain the backgrounds and reasons for our various symbols and traditions. From angels and Bethlehem to yuletide and Zechariah, the information in this unique collection is sure to enlighten. Anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of Christmas will love this insightful resource.

The Promise of Christmas is Jesus: A Devotional
Jack Countryman
Thomas Nelson, October 2012
We all need more than sugar-drizzled cakes and cookies to sustain us through the Christmas season. Here's truly nourishing "food for thought"! Thirty devotions will help you focus on the miraculous scope of what Christ's birth meant for the world---and celebrate God's amazing grace and mercy. Wrap up a copy with every tin of holiday fudge! 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Love's Christmas Journey DVD
Twentieth Century Fox, October 2012
When her husband dies, Ellie seeks peace and healing at her brother's house. She never thought she'd have to deal with his mischievous kids. When her brother's out of town on business, one of his youngsters is accused of burning down a barn! Can she clear her nephew's name---with the help of a handsome deputy? Natalie Hall (Pretty Little Liars) and Greg Vaughn (General Hospital) lead an all-star cast that includes Oscar. nominee Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings Trilogy), JoBeth Williams (Private Practice), Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), and Ernest Borgnine (Dirty Dozen). Closed captions. Approx. 2.75 hours. 

The Christmas Miracle DVD
GT Media, October 2012
When a blinding blizzard blows in unexpectedly, a group of strangers is forced to take refuge in an abandoned church. Over the course of the evening, they must rely on one another to make it through. But what will it take for them to realize the holiday miracle they're experiencing? Dove approved. 92 minutes. 

The Christmas Pageant DVD
GT Media, October 2012
When Broadway director Vera Parks gets fired from yet another job, she reluctantly accepts a gig directing a small-town Christmas pageant. While she's outraged that her former fiance recommended her for the project, she begins to grow close to him and his daughter. Will love take center stage this holiday? Stars Melissa Gilbert and Robert Mailhouse. Dove approved. 87 minutes.

Christmas Comes to Canaan DVD
GT Media, October 2012
Desperate for his son Bobber to walk again, Daniel Burton hires the beautiful Briony Adair to help with his physical therapy. Briony fits in well with the family---except for Daniel's competitive daughter Sarah, who demands that she leave. Months later, Daniel is still thinking about Briony, but is she willing to give him a second chance? Dove approved (12+). 88 minutes. 

The Heart of Christmas DVD
Image Entertainment, September 2012
Based on a true story! Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when their young son, Dax, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. But with courage and faith, they're determined to give him a joyful final Christmas---even if it's in October. And when the town learns of their plans, what happens next is miraculous! Dove approved. (PG.) 86 minutes. 

Christmas: God With Us
Jeremy Camp
Bec Records, September 2012
'Tis the sing-along season---so treat yourself to a catchy Christmas debut from Grammy nominee Jeremy Camp! Features "Jingle Bell Rock"; "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"; "Joy to the World"; "O Little Town of Bethlehem"; "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"; "Let It Snow"; "Mary, Did You Know?"; "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"; "Away in a Manger"; and the title track.

Steven Curtis Chapman
Provident, October 2012
Overcoming a season of despair, Steven Curtis Chapman offers a message of joy that will resonate throughout the holidays. Combining jazz and old-school influences with his signature style, he adds five originals to traditional classics. Includes "Joy to the World," "We Three Kings," "This Christmas Card," "Christmas in Kentucky," "I Am Joseph," "Christmas Kiss," "Christmas Time Again," and more.

Ultimate Christmas
Various Artists
Curb Records, September 2012
Ultimate Christmas is a charming twelve-song set of heartwarming hits from artists across the Christian music spectrum. Includes music from Randy Travis, Big Daddy Weave, Point of Grace, Nicole C. Mullen, Mark Schultz, and more.

Christmas With Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery
EMI, October 2012
Join American Idol winner and North Carolina native Scotty McCreery for a heartwarming Christmas collection! Featuring Scotty's trademark croon on a selection of Christmas favorites plus two original songs, Christmas with Scotty McCreery includes "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland," "O Holy Night," and more.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Collection
Lincoln Brewster
Provident, October 2012
Pairing his virtuoso guitar skills with his love of praise & worship, Lincoln's festive collection of Christmas classics makes a perfect stocking stuffer! Savor his inspiring performances of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"; "Little Drummer Boy"; "Silent Night"; "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"; "Do You Hear What I Hear?"; "Angels We Have Heard on High"; and more.

Heavenly Christmas
Jackie Evancho
Provident, October 2012
From the moment she stunned audiences on America's Got Talent, soprano child prodigy Jackie Evancho has enthralled audiences around the world. Continuing that tradition, her first full-length Christmas CD features "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "The First Noel," "Away in a Manger," "Believe," "White Christmas," "What Child Is This?" "Walking in the Air," "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and more.

Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy
Jason Gray
Centricity, September 2012
Offering a new perspective on the nativity, this inspired collection of Christmas classics introduces listeners to the ordinary people who participated in the greatest story ever told. Includes "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful"; "Christmas Is Coming"; "Rest (The Song of the Innkeeper)"; "Ave Maria"; "Man of Mercy"; "I Will Find a Way"; "O Holy Night"; "Christmas for Jesus"; and more.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Songs of Christmas
Various Artists
Benson Records, October 2012
If you're looking to buy a new Christmas album this year, make it this one! Packed with Yuletide classics and soon-to-be favorites, this merry collection from top artists includes "The Night Before Christmas" (Brandon Heath); "Deck the Halls" (Tenth Avenue North); "Come All Ye Faithful" (Casting Crowns); "The First Noel" (Third Day); "What Child Is This?" (Building 429); and more.

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