"Read Keeping Holiday if you're weary of it being 'always winter and never Christmas.' Told with skill, imagination, and theologically informed conviction, Starr Meade's latest book will delight readers longing to abandon the frigid wasteland of winter for the enduring joy and splendor of Holiday." - , author of Hostage Lands and Hold Fast in a Broken WorldSee All
"This charming story should be repeatedly read and savored. It has the enduring and endearing quality of a good storyit lingers. It causes one to ponder gospel truth and to celebrate the Holy One of Holiday." - , author of Spiritual MotheringSee All
"There is more to Holiday than meets the eye and more to this book than a story that will doubtless enthrall young readers. In the spirit of C. S. Lewis, Starr Meade leads usand our childrento Christ through the wonderful medium of imagination." - , J. G. Machen Professor, Westminster Seminary CaliforniaSee All
"I love it. In reading Keeping Holiday, I was reminded of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. It is delightful reading that pulls you into the adventures of Dylan and Clare and tells the story of God's work in the lives of those who are called according to his purpose. Children from 8 to 78 will be captivated by this spellbinding story." - , President, Ligonier MinistriesSee All
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Blends fantasy and allegory to give families and children a fresh look at the wonder of the Incarnation and of the "Christmas" that occurs when God finds a lost sinner.
Dylan loves his family's yearly vacation to Holiday and wishes it could last all year. When he finds a flyer asking if he'd like to keep Holiday, he encounters a bigger and better Holiday than the one his family has always visited; he also learns that entering it requires the Founder's authorization. Thus begins Dylan's quest to meet the one of whom people keep saying: "You can't find the Founder; he finds you./He's not just the Founder, he's the Finder too."
As Dylan reads of Holiday's origins, he experiences a number of adventures and meets characters who represent the sights and sounds he always finds in Holiday—characters who explain how each of these familiarities points to the Founder's previous rescue of the city's inhabitants. And the more Dylan learns, the more he longs to personally know the one who holds the key to entering the "real Holiday."
Writing for elementary-age children and older, author, teacher, and grandmother Starr Meade offers a book that families can read together, discovering along with Dylan how God brings a person to faith. Keeping Holiday is also a charming, insightful way to help children grasp the meaning of the Incarnation.
Author Information: Starr Meade served for ten years as the director of children's ministries in a local church and taught Latin and Bible for eight years in a Christian school. A graduate of Arizona College of the Bible and the author of two other books, including Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Meade currently teaches home school students. She and her husband make their home in Mesa, Arizona, and she is mother to three grown children and three grandsons.
Published August 2008
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