Monday, December 11, 2017

The Crooked Christmas Tree by Damian Chandler

Book description:

In this real-life Christmas fable, when a Dad decides to let his kids select the family Christmas tree, he gets an unexpected lesson about God's love. 

In this thoroughly contemporary holiday story, a father lets his children choose the family Christmas tree. To his surprise, the kids pick one that is crooked. As he tries one thing after another to make the tree look right, he rediscovers the power of God's love. He begins to understand Christmas in a new way, particularly when his family decorates their tree and crown it with a star, never even noticing the crookedness he spent hours in the garage struggling to hide. The tender and laugh-out-loud narrative of real-life relationships propels the reader through the most un-generic Christmas story. This upbeat and comedic treasure refreshes the Christmas message of love and faith.

My review:

  I am always happy to review a Christmas book, so this one was an easy decision to review. This one is actually a true story, unlike most of  the Christmas books I review. It is also an extremely personal story. Though the book is not long - I read it on my lunch break at work - the author packed a lot into the story.

 The book is the story of the author and his family's trip to buy a live Christmas tree. His kids go for a crooked one against his wishes, and he writes an amusing tale of his reactions to buying and having to display and decorate such a tree.

 He learned some lessons from a crooked Christmas tree, and using Scripture he relates those throughout the book in between discussing his feelings about the tree.

 I enjoyed reading this little book, and the lessons the author learned from God as a result.

About the author:

DAMIAN CHANDLER was born in Toronto Canada and raised on the island of Barbados. His ministry journey started in a small church housed in the basement of his uncle's home. With only nine members, the burden of the ministry fell equally on the shoulders of all, including 16-year-old Damian. That small church created his spiritual hunger and formed the foundation of his call to ministry.

He holds a Masters of Divinity; founded Impact Youth Ministries, an urban youth ministry focused on developing teens with a contagious and fearless faith; and has served churches in Seattle, Huntsville, and now Sacramento, where he is senior pastor of Capitol City SDA Church.

Damian is passionate about ministry but he is even more passionate about family. After years of dedicated pursuit, God gave him the desire of his heart and a partner in life, his wife Tanzy Chandler. They later added to their partnership daughter Zoe and sons Salem and Levi.