Gifts: Visible and Invisible
The second anthology by authors at CatholicTeenBooks.com. This collection of eight Christmas-y stories will introduce readers to the author’s unique styles and may help make Christmas a little bit more meaningful. Contemporary, historical, dystopian, and saintly stories fill this second anthology. All the inspiring Christmas stories are about a gift of some sort and have an element of helping others.
Signs of Christmas by Cynthia T. Toney is set during the depression in a small Louisiana town. It features one of the characters from Toney’s historical fiction – The Other Side of Freedom.
The Outlaw’s Friend by Susan Peek –Set during a harsh winter in the 1920s, this story about a modern-day priest on the road to sainthood, is a little bit more contemporary than her usual novels.
Operation Gift Drop by Theresa Linden is a dystopian story that includes my favorite character from her Chasing Liberty series. This exciting story gives the reader some insight into this fascinating series.
A Very Jurassic Christmas Eve by Corinna Turner is part of her unSPARKED Jurassic stories. This short story, full of excitement and danger, is another installment into the lives of two intriguing characters.
Just Jesus, by T.M. Gaouette, has a wonderful message about the dangers of judging others. A mysterious gift and a frustrating new student propel the intrigue of this contemporary story.
In the Steps of a Saint by Katy Huth Jones – Katy is the author of Treachery and Truth, about the real-life story of Good King Wenceslas. This short story explores the words of this beloved Christmas carol.
A Perfect Christmas by Carolyn Astfalk is an introduction to characters that will soon appear again in a new YA novel. The main character is a delight, and I can’t wait for her full-length adventure.
Christmas Angel by Leslea Wahl – My contribution is loosely based on a true story that a friend had told me about. I was so touched by the event and thought it would make a perfect Christmas short story.
A note from Reviewer:
As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.