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The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren

by Lori

The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren
  • Author: Susan May Warren
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2009)
  • Category:Fiction, Holiday
    Rating: ★★★★★


  • Be sure to read about the CONTEST further down:

    What does teenage boys, football, trout, and a Christmas Bowl all having in common? Well to really find out you will have to read The Great Christmas Bowl.

    Marianne Wallace lives for the holidays. This year she is focused on two things this holiday season: planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship. Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it going too far to ask her to don the costume? And what about her husband volunteering her to organize the church Christmas tea, what was he thinking?? When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come home for Christmas. As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?

    This is a short, but powerful book. I was traveling and read the whole book while sitting on an airplane. I have to admit I received some strange looks when I was laughing out loud, but the the end of the book she had this mother of teenagers sitting there with tears staining the books pages. The Great Christmas Bowl touched me on so many levels: one, I am a mother of teenagers and can relate to Marianne’s heart; secondly, so many times God places us in situations that are bigger than us so his glory can shine through. Marianne learned that our plans may not be God’s plans, but wherever God shows up it is so much better. I believe all women who attend church and plan events should read this book, to often we are stuck in what has been done year after year instead of seeking out new ways to minister to others around us. This book is worth its price for the Warren Christmas Clam Chowder recipe alone! If there is only one book you read this Christmas season, read The Great Christmas Bowl.

    The Great Christmas Bowl website: http://thegreatchristmasbowl.blogspot.com/


    The Great Christmas Bowl
    can be purchased here.

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    CONTEST: Be a part of the Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange!
    Susan loves getting recipes from friends, and sharing the delicious
    cookies, soups, breads and other fun fixings that go with celebrating
    the Christmas season. More than that, she loves the crazy stories
    about favorite Christmases – serious, touching, funny…whatever. Find
    the recipe contest here:
    http://thegreatchristmasbowl.blogspot.com/2009/07/recipe-exchange.html

    Will you share your story and recipe with Susan and the readers of the
    Great Christmas Bowl? She will post your story and recipe on the FRONT
    PAGE of the Great Christmas Bowl website, and send you a link when it
    goes up so you can tell all your friends. Then, at the Great Christmas
    Bowl party (
    December 5th, 10am, online! Details TBA) she’ll make the
    entire cookbook available for download!

    For every recipe/story you submit (up to 3), you will be entered in a
    drawing to receive one of SMW’s collections (Noble Legacy, Team Hope,
    Heirs of Anton, Deep Haven Series, Josey series, or THE ADVANCED COPY
    of Sons of Thunder – Susie’s brand new epic World War 2 novel, due out
    in January 2010!)

    Go – run, get your recipe, then come back here and click on the link
    below to share your Christmas memories!

    MBT writing headshotAbout:
    Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year. Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.
    She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: www.susanmaywarren.com

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    This review was written by Lori Kasbeer. Click here to subscribe to the RSS feed, follow on Facebook or to follow @Lori520 on Twitter.

    { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    susie may warren September 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    what a kind review!! thank you, Lori!

    susie may warren September 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    what a kind review!! thank you, Lori!

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