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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND MAY NOT BE RESCHEDULED. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. It's two days before Christmas, and the Landry family is preparing to celebrate with family and friends. However, the three Landry children, Madison, Joey, and Sarah, have some problems. While willful Sarah is selfish and only wants gifts and attention, older brother Joey is suffering from a Robin Hood complex; he's angry at Mr. Strauss, one of the richest men in town, for not giving enough to help others. Disillusioned Madison wonders what difference Christmas has really made in a world still filled with suffering and poverty. When unplanned events begin unfolding in the Landrys' little town, miracles take place in the hearts of the three siblings. They learn that the true spirit of Christmas isn't found in money or things, but is alive in the work of Jesus and in the hearts of those who follow him. If you're ready to leave behind material gifts and rediscover the heart of Christmas, Holly E. Basaar's inspiring tale, Unwrapping Joy, is just for you. Holly E. Basaar lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has a bachelor's degree from Evangel University, a master's degree from Oral Roberts University, and is presently employed as a children's ministry assistant. Her passion is to use writing to encourage people to look at things from a different perspective, awakening their God-given purpose. Visit her Facebook page, Unwrapping Joy.
THE NATURE OF WRITING SERIES: NICHOLAS O'CONNELL, THE STORMS OF DENALI--FICTION--CO-SPONSORED BY NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE
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As the days grow shorter and nights longer, head in to winter with new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world! Join Village Books and North Cascades Institute in welcoming Institute instructors to Bellingham to share their latest works in the winter session of our Nature of Writing Series. You'll learn more about our amazing planet through the inspiring, informed voices of America's most gifted interpreters of the natural world. Soaring 20,320 feet into the thin Arctic air, Denali is the highest and coldest summit in North America and one of the most coveted mountaineering prizes on the planet. In this novel of adventure, adversity, and ambition by renowned climber and writer Nicholas O'Connell, four men set out to conquer it. During the ascent the group battles avalanches, fierce winds, and mind-numbing cold before it splinters, leading inexorably to tragedy. Throughout the book, the author's first-hand experience brings to life the formidable challenges and otherworldly beauty of the mountain as well as the bonds formed and broken in the pursuit of its summit. Nicholas O'Connell is the author of several books, including Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers and On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature. He contributes to Newsweek, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sierra, and many other publications. He teaches for www.thewritersworkshop.net.