Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lunch with Stacy Anderson

I went to lunch today at the Paradise Bakery in Tempe with Stacy Anderson, Stephanie Abney and a few of the members of ANWA (American Night Writer Association).

Anna, Stacy Anderson, Lindsay, Stephanie Abney, Me

We had a nice visit and it was great to get to know Stacy better. She is an amazing lady, and some of the experience she talked about that contributed to the Santa Letters brought tears to my eyes.

Stacy is the author of the new Christmas book "The Santa Letters".

"One year ago on Christmas Eve, William died. For Emma Jensen, the hit-and-run driver killed more than her husband; he killed her joy of Christmas and in every other day of the year.

Now as Christmas approaches again, Emma finds herself sinking into a depression that nothing can breach- not her job, not her love for her family, and certainly not the season. The Jensen children understand that Christmas will be strained this year- all except 6 year old McKenna. Of all the family, only she still believes in the magic of Christmas, and in the miracles.

But that is about to change.

When the ornate letter and a mysterious package arrive on the doorstep, Emma and her sons find themselves joining McKenna on a magical journey to Christmas. Each day, a package and a letter signed Santa arrive for the Jensens, ans as the meaning of the Santa Letters unfold, the Jensens come to realize that the joy of Christmas does not have to be lost forever- and that William may be closer than they think.

This year, the Santa Letters will take the Jensens on a Christmas experience that will show God's love can heal any wound, no matter how deep."

This is a wonderful story, full of warm fuzzy moments. It is a story of healing and of feeling the true Spirit of Christmas. It is based on a true life experience of the Stacy and her family a few years back, when times were tough and money was scarce. I highly recommend reading it, but a warning, have a box of Kleenex handy.

It is available at most major book stores, both LDS and national chains.

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