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The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God's Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected [Hardcover]

By Eugene H. Peterson (Author) & Will Terry (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God's Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected by Eugene H. Peterson & Will Terry...

Angry that his parents will not let him open a present on Christmas Eve, Andrew takes his little sister into the woods behind their house, intending to run away, but instead they meet up with an unexpected gift that helps Andrew understand the real meaning of giving and receiving.

Publishers Description
With captivating illustrations, this touching Christmas allegory reminds readers young and old alike to stay alert for God's most unexpected gifts. Andrew and Lindsay are about to discover that not all gifts come wrapped in shiny paper and tied up nicely with a decorative ribbon. In fact, some gifts have funny-looking faces and spiky orange hair--"ugly, but nice," as Lindsay tells her brother."The Christmas Troll" is a story that reminds readers young and old to keep their eyes open for God's most surprising gifts: "Gifts are for giving and receiving, not for grabbing and getting." Make this story part of your family's holiday traditions to always remember the true meaning of Christmas. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God's Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected by Eugene H. Peterson & Will Terry has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 10/04/2004 page 35

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NavPress
Pages   29
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2004
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
Age  4-10
ISBN  1576836819  
ISBN13  9781576836811  

Availability  0 units.

More About Eugene H. Peterson & Will Terry

Eugene H. Peterson Eugene H. Peterson (born November 6, 1932), is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language[1] (Navpress Publishing Group, 2002), a contemporary translation of the Bible.

Peterson was born in East Stanwood, Washington and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana.

Eugene H. Peterson currently resides in Vancouver. Eugene H. Peterson was born in 1932.

Eugene H. Peterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Experiencing God
  2. Exploration in Vocational Holiness
  3. First Book Challenge
  4. Growing in Christ
  5. LifeChange
  6. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  7. Message
  8. Studies in Christian Living

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 4-8
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction

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christmas story  Aug 25, 2008
A little too long of a story for the message that is taught. It seemed like a cuter idea based on the editorial review but in the end is just another take on be thankful for what you have. I'm not saying that's not an important message to learn....this was just a boring way to teach it.
Solid theology meets fun fantasy - a wonderful book!  Mar 29, 2005
These days, Christian books for kids can be sugary sweet and not terribly challenging, especially when it comes to Christmas. Petersen has written an adventurous tale of a Christmas Troll who is at first frightening and bewildering to the little boy and his kid sister. But his gentle (and strange!) presence teaches them an important lesson - not just about Christmas but about a life lived in the presence of the Holy Spirit. God can seem strange! Bewildering! Even ugly!? (Just like the Christmas Troll). God doesn't fit neatly into a box, especially a gift-wrapped one. My son is four years old, and asked for this book for a month running. But in general it may be for a slightly older audience. A good, non-traditional addition to your child's library.
Will Terry rides again!  Nov 20, 2004
I have to agree with Elizabeth Geneva. Will Terry's illustrations are expressive, magnificent and relavant to the the text. My children want any book he illustrates and ignore the text. The illustrations are more than sufficient to provoke a child's imagination and stimulate a deeper appreciation of self, all the while letting a child's mind roam into the wonderment of it all.
I can't believe this site has not listed the illustrator, Will Terry. The illustrations are what make this book worth buying. Beautiful, rich, and expressive. I would by anything Will Terry has illustrated.

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