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  1. says:

    If you have ever heard Mr Huckabee speak you know that he is a person of charm and wit a natural storyteller With twelve stories from his life mostly heartwarming but some also serious Mr Huckabee follows each one with a brief summing up of how what he just related reveals a truth about Christmas and its real meaning Memorable and well beautifully written


  2. says:

    This was my personal autographed copy Mike Huckabee reflects on twelve Christmas memories from his life some happy some sad that bring back the true meaning of Christmas and help to remind us to settle back and enjoy the simplicity of the original Christmas and not get caught up in the stress we typically seem to make of itHe writes of such subjects as Patience loneliness family hope stability faith and rewardsBelow just two uotes from two other areasCrisisThat Christmas we learned that God's greatest gift to us is not to remove us from crisis but to walk through the crisis with us He does not do us a favor by taking us out of all the trials and tribulations of life but strengthens us by giving us the grace to get through them and emerge on the other side of having realized that what we thought we couldn't endure we in fact just did How often do we ask for the gift of escape from a problem and instead it seems to escalate? When we want Christmas to represent the easy path and the glittery gifts we fail to understand that the real message of the Messiah is that the first Christmas was the opposite of easy It was about long stretches of darkness and loneliness instead of the stunning stars that were eventually seen in the night sky Before the angels sang and the shepherds saw stars a scared couple fumbled their way around a strange town and endured pain and humiliation True faith is forged in the furnace not in the showroomLimitationsKnowing our limitations and not trying to do things outside our capacity often means we have to break down our pride and admit we need help I have come to learn that Christmas is about accepting than just my limitations in the assembly of toys and appliances It's about accepting that I'm incapable of putting my own life together and making all the pieces fit It's about recognizing that God isn't asking me to impress Him with my skills at building a perfect human being He didn't send His son to criticize my failures or laugh at my very miserable attempts at putting all the screws nuts and washers in my life in the right place In fact His son became a carpenter so he'd really have the hang of patiently building something from the rawest of materials There's nohting disgraceful about admitting the need for help The real idsgraceis being so filled with pride and ego that we don't reach out for the help that we so obviously need and in the end we fail anyway


  3. says:

    I often pick up cheap Christmas titles at thrift shops hoping for a warm fuzzy holiday read to close out the year  Sadly I  usually end up tossing them aside because they are so poorly written I wasn't sure what to expect from this one It was a little different  in that it was a memoir centered around 12 Christmases in the author's life Huckabee's  tongue in cheek humor humility and warmth snagged me early on The early stories are from his childhood and are great fun He and his sister had some laugh out loud funny escapades and since I am about the same age as the author I could totally relate to the era he described  After making you laugh Huckabee then sneaks in some little spiritual insights He is never preachy just tosses in simple truths that correlate with the action After childhood this man had some big challenges His wife was diagnosed with cancer when they were still newlyweds finances were incredibly tight and they lived in shacks for a while There was real depth to this section of the memoir; it takes strength of character to weather such storms gracefully Huckabee and his wife chose to live with joy and gratitude enabling them to look back on this chapter of their lives with something akin to fondnessThe final chapters relate his rise to the governorship of Arkansas It was a little challenging to maintain a simple Christmas in the governor's mansion  but the growth of spirituality that had transpired during the earlier difficult years enabled him to keep his focus on the One who gave Himself as a gift to the worldThis is a rags to riches memoir in a way But a very satisfying one because the true wealth that is portrayed is intangible and much soul satisfying than mere moneyEven if you don't agree with the author's politics this is an engaging and worthwhile human interest story


  4. says:

    I had a few simple goals this Christmas Goals that I wanted just for myself They were to read two Christmas books and make at least a good head start on a craft project Well I’ve managed to get one book completed three days before our holiday festivities begin and about half a sock knitted I may not actually complete my goals but in the midst of shopping wrapping delivering baking and cleaning not to mention my usual household duties I got at least this much doneThe truth is with all the frantic pace of the Christmas Season I really needed this book Mike Huckabee’s A Simple Christmas is a collection of personal anecdotes meant to take the reader back to what is truly important about the SeasonOne chapter entitled Sacrifice wove two stories about a guitar The first story when Mike was a youngster told us how he desperately wanted an electric guitar for Christmas He made life difficult for his parents that year telling them that was the only thing he wanted He didn’t stop to think that it might be a expensive gift than they could actually afford “I wanted a simple Christmas that year I didn’t ask for a lot of things – just one that meant to me than anything else I had every asked for But what was simple to me was anything but simple for my parents who had to make a really major sacrifice to give it to me The best Christmas gifts we get are the ones that represent a sacrifice on the part of the giver That’s because nothing reflects what Christmas is all about as does sacrifice God who owed us nothing gave us everything He gave up than His comfort and His crown – He gave us his life and it all started right there in a simple manger in Bethlehem”The second part of the story told of Huckabee’s own sacrifice of the guitars he loved for his own family It was a beautiful story of sacrifice come full circleAnother very touching story had to do with his bachelor Uncle Garvin This Uncle spent the holidays with Huckabee’s family every year and then one year Uncle Garvin was diagnosed as terminally ill and needed care Mike’s parents took him in and cared for him until his death “My sister and I didn’t get much that year for Christmas We had been prepared to not expect much because all our resources needed to be used to care for Uncle Garvin and there wasn’t time for much else But in many ways it was one of our most meaningful Christmas experiences ever not because it was a happy one but because it wasn’t It was meaningful because through it we learned that the real meaning of Christmas is not giving toys but giving God’s grace in person to someone who is no longer in a position to give back It was a very simple Christmas and maybe the best one of all”Mike Huckabee’s book was touching and insightful The message was highly appropriate this season and I’m glad I read it


  5. says:

    At first I didn't think I was going to like this book because I felt it started out with an arrogant tone As I got into the book I felt that tone went away but there was something unsatisfying about his style of writingThat said I enjoyed his Christmas memories and often times it made me nostalgic for my own childhood Christmases that always seemed so warm cozy and magical I also came to appreciate his no nonsense homespun approach to life and of course the importance of God and Christ in his life It is also a great reminder to celebrate Christmas with simplicty in remembering the true purpose of the holiday and also to remember the blessings in your lifeMy favorite uotes from the bookwe learned that God's greatest gift to us is not to remove us from crisis but to walk through crisis with us He does not do us a favor by taking us out of all the trials and tribulations of life but strengthens us by giving us the grace to get through them and emerge on the other side having realized that what we thought we couldn't endure we in fact just didThere are times in our lives when things go exactly according to plan But when God has a bigger purpose than we can possibly imagine none of our efforts no matter how well intentioned or practical will change the course he has set for usI have come to learn that Christmas is about accepting than just my limitations in the assembly of toys and appliances It's about accepting that I'm capable of putting my own life together making all the pieces fit It's about recognizing that God isn't asking me to impress Him with my skills at building a perfect human being He didn't send his Son to criticize my failures or laugh at my very miserable attempts at putting all the screws nuts and washers in my life in the right place In fact His son became a carpenter so he'd really have the hang of patiently building something from the rawest of materialsThere's nothing disgraceful about admitting the need for help The real disgrace is being so filled with pride ego that we don't reach out for the help that we so obviously need and in the end we fail anyway


  6. says:

    I’m a fan of Huckabee’s politics but I could’t get into this book His writing style put me off it was too folksy and casual It also seemed to lack structure ie it didn’t build to a point it just sort of rambled aroundThis book shared a lot of personal information about Huckabee but I had trouble connecting with it He doesn’t seem to be able to present himself well In the preface he talks about the “perks” of his life and it created a distasteful and unlikable impression Later he sites biblical stories but seems to get the facts wrong According to Huckabee Joseph was a teenager when he married Mary I always had the impression he was older just Mary was a teen Also Huckabee states that Joseph “loved her enough” to accept Mary's diluted tale about an immaculate conception There was no mention of the angels that appear in scripture to ease Joseph’s justifiable doubts Huckabee is suppose to be a protestant minister how can he get biblical references wrong? Didn’t he study biblical history at some point? Even this Catholic picked up on it 0I started skipping passages because they were painful to read It just felt uneducated like I was getting stupider for reading it Sorry if that is harsh Ultimately I put down the book before finishing it I’m sure his intended message was good but it didn’t get conveyed effectively


  7. says:

    Very disappointing I thought with all the people he must know and all his travels that he was going to tell 12 stories of Christmas about people he knew I thougbt it might be very heart warming Instead he used the Christmas Story line in a very self centric way basically using the Christmas season as an excuse to write an autobiography and to slam his political foescompeting political parties and the press while defending himself NOT written with the Christmas Spirit in mind I would have much preferred stories about members of his congregation constituents or those who listened to his show Surely there were at least 12 of them that had a heart warming story of how the season of Christmas had impacted their lives


  8. says:

    Just because you are in politics doesn't mean that you can write Huckabee's book didn't have any staying power with me There were no take away points or deep thoughts in this book I would not recommend it


  9. says:

    I wanted to love this book I was ready to read some heartwarming Christmas stories a la Chicken Soup type Alas this is just a very basic autobiography where some of the chapters happen to line up at Christmas time It wasn't badly written but not very interesting overall


  10. says:

    Couldn't even bother to finish this one


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A Simple Christmas

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Ll For instance as kids Mike and his sister would sneak open their gifts before Christmas play with them then rewrap them so their parents wouldn't notice The plan worked great until one Christmas when young Mike unwrapped a brand new footballthat was covered in mud That led to a powerful lesson about patience and a reminder that the best Christmases are the simple one Very disappointing I thought with all the people he must know and all his travels that he was going to tell 12 stories of Christmas about people he knew I thougbt it might be very heart warming Instead he used the Christmas Story line in a very self centric way basically using the Christmas season as an excuse to write an autobiography and to slam his political foescompeting political parties and the press while defending himself NOT written with the Christmas Spirit in mind I would have much preferred stories about members of his congregation constituents or those who listened to his show Surely there were at least 12 of them that had a heart warming story of how the season of Christmas had impacted their lives Revival - Deluxe Collection, Volume 1 rewrap them so their parents wouldn't notice The plan worked great until one Christmas when young Mike unwrapped a brand new footballthat was covered in mud That led to a powerful lesson about patience and a Child of His Heart reminder that the best Christmases are the simple one Very disappointing I thought with all the people he must know and all his travels that he was going to tell 12 stories of Christmas about people he knew I thougbt it might be very heart warming Instead he used the Christmas Story line in a very self centric way basically using the Christmas season as an excuse to write an autobiography and to slam his political foescompeting political parties and the press while defending himself NOT written with the Christmas Spirit in mind I would have much preferred stories about members of his congregation constituents or those who listened to his show Surely there were at least 12 of them that had a heart warming story of how the season of Christmas had impacted their lives

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The New York Times bestseller by the former governor and presidential candidate an instant classic reissued for 2010 Christmas has become synonymous with shopping overindulging and stress But according to Mike Huckabee that was never God's intention Going back to the Nativity Christmas is supposed to be about simple things faith love family and hope The hard part in to I often pick up cheap Christmas titles at thrift shops hoping for a warm fuzzy holiday read to close out the year  Sadly I  usually end up tossing them aside because they are so poorly written I wasn't sure what to expect from this one It was a little different  in that it was a memoir centered around 12 Christmases in the author's life Huckabee's  tongue in cheek humor humility and warmth snagged me early on The early stories are from his childhood and are great fun He and his sister had some laugh out loud funny escapades and since I am about the same age as the author I could totally relate to the era he described  After making you laugh Huckabee then sneaks in some little spiritual insights He is never preachy just tosses in simple truths that correlate with the action After childhood this man had some big challenges His wife was diagnosed with cancer when they were still newlyweds finances were incredibly tight and they lived in shacks for a while There was real depth to this section of the memoir; it takes strength of character to weather such storms gracefully Huckabee and his wife chose to live with joy and gratitude enabling them to look back on this chapter of their lives with something akin to fondnessThe final chapters relate his rise to the governorship of Arkansas It was a little challenging to maintain a simple Christmas in the governor's mansion  but the growth of spirituality that had transpired during the earlier difficult years enabled him to keep his focus on the One who gave Himself as a gift to the worldThis is a rags to riches memoir in a way But a very satisfying one because the true wealth that is portrayed is intangible and much soul satisfying than mere moneyEven if you don't agree with the author's politics this is an engaging and worthwhile human interest story Showdown with the Sheriff reissued for 2010 Christmas has become synonymous with shopping overindulging and stress But according to Mike Huckabee that was never God's intention Going back to the Nativity Christmas is supposed to be about simple things faith love family and hope The hard part in to I often pick up cheap Christmas titles at thrift shops hoping for a warm fuzzy holiday The Conqueror's Lady / The Mercenary's Bride / His Enemy's Daughter read to close out the year  Sadly I  usually end up tossing them aside because they are so poorly written I wasn't sure what to expect from this one It was a little different  in that it was a memoir centered around 12 Christmases in the author's life Huckabee's  tongue in cheek humor humility and warmth snagged me early on The early stories are from his childhood and are great fun He and his sister had some laugh out loud funny escapades and since I am about the same age as the author I could totally Cowboy Smith relate to the era he described  After making you laugh Huckabee then sneaks in some little spiritual insights He is never preachy just tosses in simple truths that correlate with the action After childhood this man had some big challenges His wife was diagnosed with cancer when they were still newlyweds finances were incredibly tight and they lived in shacks for a while There was Cries in the Night real depth to this section of the memoir; it takes strength of character to weather such storms gracefully Huckabee and his wife chose to live with joy and gratitude enabling them to look back on this chapter of their lives with something akin to fondnessThe final chapters Justice at Cardwell Ranch relate his Cowboy Who Came for Christmas rise to the governorship of Arkansas It was a little challenging to maintain a simple Christmas in the governor's mansion  but the growth of spirituality that had transpired during the earlier difficult years enabled him to keep his focus on the One who gave Himself as a gift to the worldThis is a Cradle of Solitude rags to Cowboy Under the Mistletoe riches memoir in a way But a very satisfying one because the true wealth that is portrayed is intangible and much soul satisfying than mere moneyEven if you don't agree with the author's politics this is an engaging and worthwhile human interest story

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Day's crazy world is remembering that those simple things are the most precious Huckabee recounts twelve Christmas memories that range from his childhood in Arkansas to his years as a young husband and father to his time as a governor and then a presidential candidate These true stories will help you smile take a deep breath and maybe slow down your own holiday treadmi At first I didn't think I was going to like this book because I felt it started out with an arrogant tone As I got into the book I felt that tone went away but there was something unsatisfying about his style of writingThat said I enjoyed his Christmas memories and often times it made me nostalgic for my own childhood Christmases that always seemed so warm cozy and magical I also came to appreciate his no nonsense homespun approach to life and of course the importance of God and Christ in his life It is also a great reminder to celebrate Christmas with simplicty in remembering the true purpose of the holiday and also to remember the blessings in your lifeMy favorite uotes from the bookwe learned that God's greatest gift to us is not to remove us from crisis but to walk through crisis with us He does not do us a favor by taking us out of all the trials and tribulations of life but strengthens us by giving us the grace to get through them and emerge on the other side having realized that what we thought we couldn't endure we in fact just didThere are times in our lives when things go exactly according to plan But when God has a bigger purpose than we can possibly imagine none of our efforts no matter how well intentioned or practical will change the course he has set for usI have come to learn that Christmas is about accepting than just my limitations in the assembly of toys and appliances It's about accepting that I'm capable of putting my own life together making all the pieces fit It's about recognizing that God isn't asking me to impress Him with my skills at building a perfect human being He didn't send his Son to criticize my failures or laugh at my very miserable attempts at putting all the screws nuts and washers in my life in the right place In fact His son became a carpenter so he'd really have the hang of patiently building something from the rawest of materialsThere's nothing disgraceful about admitting the need for help The real disgrace is being so filled with pride ego that we don't reach out for the help that we so obviously need and in the end we fail anyway