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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 har"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 today'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 treadmill. 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 football...that was covered in mud. That led to a powerful lesson about patience and a reminder that the best Christmases are the simple ones....

Title : A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit
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A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit Reviews

  • Rhonda
    2019-01-28 13:02

    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 it.He writes of such subjects as: Patience, loneliness, family, hope, stability, faith and rewards.Below, just two quotes from two other areas:Crisis:"That 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 more 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 showroom."Limitations:"Knowing 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 more 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."

  • Michelle
    2019-02-14 16:06

    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 writing.That 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 life.My favorite quotes from the book:"...we 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 did.""There 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 us.""I have come to learn that Christmas is about accepting more 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 materials.""There'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."

  • J
    2019-02-06 11:09

    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 - i.e. it didn’t build to a point, it just sort of rambled around.This 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.

  • Lisa Magee
    2019-01-16 13:07

    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 foes,competing 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.

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-27 15:03

    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.

  • Jeri
    2019-01-30 13:07

    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.

  • Karen
    2019-01-17 10:55

    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.

  • Grace
    2019-01-31 13:13

    More like a book on his life story. Not entirely uninteresting, but definitely not what I expected.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-31 08:55

    Couldn't even bother to finish this one.

  • Erin Lehmbeck
    2019-01-22 17:08

    Like most politician's the book was mostly about his climb to the top. Very little to do with Christmas memories.

  • Suzanne
    2019-02-15 10:18

    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 done.The 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 Season.One 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 circle.Another 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.

  • Missy
    2019-02-01 10:16

    “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” and his name is Michael Dale Huckabee. A former pastor, Huckabee wrote “A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit.” Originally published in 2009 by the Penguin Group, this book is a hidden gem of uplifting words of wisdom that spell out the true spirit of Christmas.Between the big box shops slashing the prices for Thanksgiving day shoppers, to Black Friday bargains and Cyber Monday sell outs, it is not hard to get wrapped up in the commercial element of the season of peace, hope, and joy. In “A Simple Christmas,” Huckabee shares twelve elements, from patience to rewards, that relate to the thrill of opening a Christmas gift, but also resonate with those wishing for the gifts money can’t buy.In twelve chapters, Huckabee shares a story from his own Christmas’s past. Beginning with a humorous tale from his childhood to his days campaigning as a presidential candidate, Huckabee manages to show the reader the meaning of Christmas. “I’ve come to realize that anticipation helps you appreciate things more.” Although he was referring to having the patience to wait until December 25th before opening his Christmas gifts, the double entendre is evident–whether it be a new job, a new home, or a new baby–the anticipation sweetens the gift.Reading “A Simple Christmas” is the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season. Give “A Simple Christmas” to the skeptics, to the ones who have lost the Christmas spirit, to the Virginia’s.

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-22 11:16

    This really isn't a book of Simple Christmas stories - it is more a memoir or Autobiography of Mike Huckabee's political pursuits and family life. It started out a bit pretentious and arrogant in the introduction. A bit "preachy," as well. but I held on looking for those Christmas stories. They came. They were heartwarming and funny, but by the middle of the book, they disappeared again. Those heartwarming and inspiring stories of Christmas melted away and we were stuck with political pursuits and numerous tangents, with but a mere mention that Christmas needed to be simple.I rated this book a three, because in spite in not being about Christmas (clearly he needed a better editor who could point out the tangents and unrelated info) it was an interesting read to learn about Mike Huckabee and his personal points of view. Not the best example of a memoir/autobiography, but interesting nonetheless (even though he only he couldn't keep the repetitive preaching to a minimum).

  • Darlene
    2019-02-08 12:10

    Mike Huckabee’s A Simple Christmas is a must-read! From laughter over his Christmas wish for an “electric guitar or nothing” to tears when “Uncle Garvin” came to stay to nostalgia in huge doses, this little book has it all. Ok, I’m a sentimentalist. I’m a sucker for huge doses of nostalgia. For me, it was an inspirational trip down memory lane. Even his little “Winnebago home on the tracks” reminded me greatly of our first home. Whether you’re of his generation or not, I believe you’ll still have that sense of reminiscence when you read this treasure. It’s just that type of book. “Although the stories are about him and his family, Huckabee said the book “is not so much to tell my stories, but to cause people to think of their own.”” ~ WCFCourier.comHe succeeds admirably. I highly recommend for anyone who dreams of A Simple Christmas.

  • Erin
    2019-01-20 16:20

    I don't follow politics, really...at all...for the most part. And I don't want to talk about why, that's almost as bad/boring as talking about politics themselves. I found out after I got the book from the library that Mike Huckabee is a right-wing, very conservative Christian fellow who ran for the Republican nomination in 2008. So, not my typical author to say the least. However, I liked this book, a lot. He's a good writer and tells a good story. The 12 stories are about Christmas - the important parts; tradition, faith, simplicity, hope and remembering what's important in times of adversity. While not a particularly religious or spiritual person, more prayer/reflection/tradition vs. the present focus sounds like a nice idea to me. Merry Christmas!

  • Kellie
    2019-01-24 11:13

    My husband purchased this signed copy for me last year at Joseph Beth. I guess I was interested since Huckabee ran for president as a conservative and I didn’t know much about him. This book is OK. It didn’t blow me away but I found it interesting. Huckabee is a devout Christian and this is very apparent in the book. Unfortunately, I think this is probably why he didn’t get anywhere running for president. Quite frankly, he seems a bit preachy and self righteous. The book was interesting. He has had some hardships in his life. There were some humorous parts of the book and I do agree with his take on our media today. I just thought the book lacked depth and some of it was pretty boring and didn’t seem to relate much to the intended Christmas theme. Oh well…Sorry Mike.

  • Natalie Snapp
    2019-02-09 12:05

    Overall a good read - if you are wanting to know more about Huckabee as a person, this is a good one. We attended a dinner in which he spoke so I decided to read it given the fact that I had always labeled him as a little more "right wing" than I had originally thought. I do still think he is very conservative but in a way that jives with what I believe - he is not as extreme as I had originally thought and truthfully, I like what he says. I gave three stars because at times it feels to the reader that he is "bragging" or trying to impress us. Could be politicking for his next run but it was still a decent read.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-21 15:01

    Mike Huckabee tells us that many people count time according to the last or the next Christmas. He tells about his life, and important events that took place around Christmas. He came from a poor family, and was the first one in his family to graduate from high school. He tells of his wife's near fatal cancer, and the miracle of her being able to have children afterward. He worked in radio and TV, and he was a Baptist preacher. He was the governor of Arkansas, and he ran for president of the United States. He wishes everyone a simple Christmas and to remember why we celebrate it.

  • Steve Curll
    2019-02-15 13:21

    A simple christmas is an easy read which can be accomplished in an evening. Mike Huckabee has a laid back style in this book much like his television show. If you were a teenager in the 60's or a parent of children in the 60's, you are bound to see your family. I especially identify with Mike wanting to BE a Beatle. I never bought a guitar but was proud of my hair and Beatle Boots. How does this relate to a Simple Christmas? Read these heartwarming stories on a cold night to see the simple message of Christmas. I asked all my family to read it this year. You might be inspired to do the same.

  • Adam
    2019-01-17 12:57

    Overall, I think it is a nice, quick read and can be very touching. It is written very colloquially, which can be difficult to read at times and sometimes distracting (though I do see why he has chosen to write this way). As many others here, I did think the introduction was a bit pompous, but the tone settles down as you get into the book. Mainly, however, I did enjoy learning more about his life and how the message is always the same - that Christ's power shines through even in the darkest of times. I particularly enjoyed the section on his Dad's journey of faith.

  • Anne
    2019-02-13 13:16

    Great inspirational book that I will share with my friends from Church and hopefully get it passed around so it gets in someone's hands that needed it as much as me. I lost my Mom and Sister recently and my Dad came to live with us which is a good thing but changes our plans a lot. I learned from this book that you need to be happy with and what you have. You bless other people and you'll be blessed back! I know it is a book with Christmas stories and they can bless you any time of the year.

  • Chade66
    2019-01-19 15:03

    This was an interesting book as long as you keep it in context. While I was looking for a book about simplifying Christmas for my family and this wasn't really it, it did have some interesting stories.One story in particular when he had to decided between finishing grad school and taking a job that was his dream job reminded me of something important. Sometimes you get where you are supposed to go regardless of the pathway you take to get there.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-07 08:55

    Really enjoyed the stories and the perspective on events both biblical and personal to the author. Some of the jokes didn't turn out (you know, the ones that are better said than read) but other elements and moments of dry humor made me laugh out loud. I initially thought the book was a compilation of stories from various people (not sure why) but once I started reading I loved the personal look into Huckabee's life.

  • Lu
    2019-02-03 15:59

    I like the sense of humor throughout the book, his sensative side also comes out totally out of love, not sissified. And the saying from a movie fits it perfectly.. "less is more". Love is what makes the world go around anyway, not stuff. He's got my vote again if he runs for office somewhere down the road.

  • Niki
    2019-02-03 14:22

    This book was great to read and interesting to find out more about Mike Huckabee's life. It helps me think about the more important things during the Christmas season. It seemed a little more like a memoir of Mike Huckabee's life with some Christmas stories weaved in. He has been through some amazing things in his life.

  • Tim Chavel
    2019-01-22 15:00

    I am a huge Huckabee fan! I wish he would have run for President this year. This book is more of a biography than a Christmas book. Even though most of the events center around the Christmas season. One quote from the book I would like to leave with you is found on page 103, "True faith is forged in the furnace, not the showroom."

  • Minerva King
    2019-02-05 13:07

    This is a collection of stories from the governor's life from his childhood to his run to the presidential nomination. These life events happened around Christmas and they all taught him personal lessons. Some stories were funny, some sad and some joyous, but they all gave insight to his background and character.

  • Jackie
    2019-01-24 13:14

    Not fictional stories but actually stories from his life. Nice memories and some interesting info about Huckabee. Didn't know that while he was governor of Arkansas he was in a rock band that opened for bands like Grand Funk Railroad, 38 Special, and the Charlie Daniels Band. The stories vary from serious to amusing.

  • Ryan Young
    2019-01-21 15:09

    Ex-Governor Huckabee puts on his preacher shoes and takes us for a nice stroll in this comfortable conversational Christmas piece. He just seems so reasonable and approachable. The kind of guy you could really talk to. I was an early supporter of his Presidential campaign and thought he really made a connection with a broad segment of America. Thanks to Joshua for the lovely Christmas gift!

  • Gretchen
    2019-02-15 13:10

    Mike Huckabee shares his personal Christmas stories, the stories that define who he is. I enjoyed seeing him from the perspective that he chooses to share with the reader. A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories is a good read for this time of year. Huckabee encourages the reader to go back into one's own history.