Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Carol

Publisher's Summary. "We heartily recommend this little volume as an amusing companion, and a wholesome monitor,to all who would enjoy in truth and in spirit 'A merry Christmas and a happy New Year.'"
--Charles Mackay, Morning Chronicle, December 19, 1843

Since its publication in 1843, the tale of a miserly old man and the ghosts who visit him has been bringing the true spirit of Christmas into hearts and homes. Whether you've read the story a thousand times or have only seen the movie, A Christmas Carol Special Edition will enrich your enjoyment of this holiday favorite with:

* The complete text of the Charles Dickens classic.
* Annotations offering interesting insight into the story's biblical allusions, the author's faith, and compelling Christian themes throughout.
* Discussion questions designed to engage and promote dialogue among readers of all ages on such subjects as regret, repentance, and redemption.
* A list of related resources to enhance your study.

Enjoy A Christmas Carol Special Edition in your home, study group, book group, or Advent celebration and learn how to say with Scrooge:

"I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year."

A Christmas Carol Special Edition by Charles Dickens with Stephen Skelton, an annotated version with the original 1843 text, is a treasure trove of information. Like many others I was very familiar with the story via the various movie adaptations, but I had never actually read this seasonal classic.

What a treat it was to not only read the original text, but to have a knowledgeable guide, Stephen Skelton, provide definitions, insights, and thought provoking discussion topics! As Skeleton explains:

Through the study of this work . . . we will discover the spiritual depth of Dickens and his writing and learn what lessons of Christ are woven in among the scenes of Christmas Splendor and the soul searching of a Scrooge. The notes also offer some help to twenty-first century readers in understanding some of the obscure words and phrases that appear in this presentation of the original 1843 text . . . .

A Christmas Carol Special Edition by Charles Dickens with Stephen Skelton will delight both old and new readers of this classic!

Publisher: Standard Publishing; Annotated ed. (September 1, 2009), 128 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of FSB Associates.


  1. This sounds wonderful! I've had this book for years but haven't read it. Well, not the special edition, which would be a great addition to my library. Something to consider for next Christmas.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. Merry Christmas :)
    Have a lovely holiday

    This does sound good