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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Early Santa History Plus Rare 1821 Children's Friend with Old Santeclaus

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Early Santa History and Rare 1821 Children's Friend With Old Santeclaus

A clear, concise early history of St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, in color, complete with footnotes and bibliography! PLUS the extremely rare 1821 Old Santeclaus with Much Delight poem that first introduced a Santa Claus and a flying reindeer--considered to be the first colored lithographed Christmas book in America (only two known copies of this classic!). Discover the inspiration behind the all-time favorite Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Inside this remarkable keepsake, you will find:

√ History of Saint Nicholas and how his legend came to America

√ Transformation of St. Nicholas into our beloved Santa Claus

√ Historical images of Santa and his reindeer

√ First colored lithograph Christmas book in America

√ First illustration of Santa and reindeer

√ First Santa illustration in Harper's magazine

√ Thomas Nast Santa illustration many say made Santa who he is today

√ Clement Clarke Moore's handwritten change to reindeer name

√ Two additional rare poems: A Paraphrase of the Dutch Hymn to Saint Nicholas and St. Nicholas, Good Holy Man

√ Key players who invented today's Santa including Washington Irving, John Pintard, James K. Paulding, and Clement Clarke Moore, and famous Illustrators

Table of Contents:

Part I: Early History of Santa and His Reindeer

  • Early History of Santa Claus and Reindeer Introduction
  • Saint Nicholas to America
  • First Mention of Santa Claus
  • Santaclaus, Presents, Stockings (Washington Irving)
  • Santa in Art Form (John Pintard)
  • Sancte Claus Poem
  • Santa in Flying Wagon (Washington Irving)
  • Earliest Visual of Santa in Sleigh with One Flying Reindeer
  • NEW Santa and Eight Reindeer
  • First Time Santa and Eight Reindeer in Newsprint
  • Expanded Version of Santa (James K. Paulding)
  • Dunder and Blixem Reindeer Names Changed
  • First Time Santa and Reindeer Featured in Harper's
  • Part II: Rare, 1821 Children's Friend

  • Introduction to Part II
  • 1821 Old Santeclaus with Much Delight
  • The Steady Friend of Virtuous Youth
  • Through Many Houses He Has Been
  • Where E'er I Found Good Girls or Boys
  • To Some I Gave a Pretty Doll
  • No Drums to Stun Their Mother's Ear
  • But Where I Found the Children Naughty
  • I Left a Long, Black, Birchen Rod
  • 'Twas the Night Series
  • Bibliography
  • 1,000 Mitzvahs

    1,000 Mitzvahs

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    When her father passed away in 2006, Linda Cohen's busy life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur came to a screeching halt. She took a spiritual sabbatical to work through her grief, and she came out of it resolved to embark upon a project: perform one thousand acts of kindness--mitzvahs--to honor her father's memory.

    1,000 Mitzvahs shares Cohen's two-and-a-half-year journey from sorrow to inspiration through simple daily acts of kindness. She presents each mitzvah as a short vignette, and the myriad forms they take--from helping the elderly to donating to good causes to baking and collecting food for others--highlight the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others. As she pursues her quest, Cohen finds that her life is improved by these small acts--that every time she goes out of her way to do something good for someone else, she enhances her own well-being.

    More than a touching story of a daughter's love for her father, 1,000 Mitzvahs is a testament to the transformational power of kindness, and a call to arms for those who would like to follow in Cohen's footsteps with their own mitzvahs--no matter how large or how small.

    12 Step Prayer Book

    12 Step Prayer Book

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    A second edition (with 44 new prayers) of the best-selling book of prayers and inspirations for those seeking just the right words for conversing with their Higher Power or for expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings.

    Wherever you are on your recovery journey, and however you define your Higher Power, you will find spiritual support in this special collection of prayers and inspirational readings.

    This second edition of The 12 Step Prayer Book features 183 passages gleaned from Twelve Step meetings and adapted from common prayers and devotions. It includes:

    --44 new prayers and readings

    --a guide for daily reading

    --traditional and best-loved recovery prayers, and

    --Step and meeting prayers.

    This book is an excellent accompaniment to Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.

    1979 Book of Common Prayer: Green Vivella

    1979 Book of Common Prayer: Green Vivella

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    Church Publishing is pleased to offer this exclusive edition of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Ideal as a pew book or gift, this prayer book features luxurious imitation leather binding with a soft, matte finish in your choice of four colors. A textured cross is embossed on the cover. The prayer book is sturdily assembled, with Smyth-sewn pages and a spine that won't crack under heavy use. A presentation page and certificates for the rites of Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage are included. 9-point font.

    This is the standard Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church together with The Psalter or Psalms of David according to use in the Episcopal Church in the United States as authorized in 1979.

    2 Chairs

    2 Chairs

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    In this world you will have trouble. Count on it!
    It might be something small or something big, but you know you don't have an answer. You've come to a realization there is a limit to what you can do alone. For such times as these, 2 Chairs asks three vital questions:
    -Does God know your situation?
    -Is it too hard for Him to handle?
    -Does He have a good plan for you?
    Following these questions, Bob Beaudine offers seven practical steps to walk courageously, faithfully, and cheerfully through your trouble whether it is a minor issue or a major crisis.

    23 Minutes in Hell

    23 Minutes in Hell

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    New York Times Best Seller and Over 1 million copies sold!
    Over 750 5-Star reviews

    Wiese's visit to the devil's lair lasted just twenty-three minutes, but he returned with vivid details etched in his memory, capturing the attention of national media, including the Christian Broadcasting Network, Daystar Television Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Miracle Channel, Sid Roth's It's Supernatural!, Sean Hannity's America, Charisma News, and many others.

    Bill Wiese experienced something so horrifying it continues to captivate the world. He saw the searing flames of hell, felt total isolation, smelled the putrid and rotting stench, heard deafening screams of agony, and experienced terrorizing demons. Finally the strong hand of God lifted him out of the pit.

    Now Wiese shares his insights on commonly asked questions such as:

  • Is hell a literal burning place?
  • Where is hell?
  • Do you have a body in hell?
  • Are there degrees of punishment in hell?
  • Are there children in hell?
  • Can demons torment people in hell?
  • Can "good" people go to hell?
  • 30 Day Praise Challenge

    30 Day Praise Challenge

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    Discover the Power of Praising God When Becky Harling was diagnosed with cancer over ten years ago, she begged God for healing. A friend of hers had another idea. She challenged Becky to spend twenty minutes a day in praise. Becky thought, What if I'm not feeling thankful? But as she intentionally praised God, she began to experience new joy--and her relationship with God has never been the same. Now, in The Thirty-Day Praise Challenge, Becky guides you in praising God for twenty minutes every day for one month. Arranged topically, the book includes music selections to enhance your praise journey and creative ideas for continuing the habit of praise. As Becky writes, "If you take this challenge, your faith will grow more than you dreamed possible. You will experience more joy, less insecurity, more courage, less anxiety. Thirty days of praising God. Are you ready?"
    365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart

    365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart

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    Imagine having an audience with the Dalai Lama every day, receiving personal advice about how to make your life better and more joyful.

    365 Dalai Lama offers exactly that: short and inspiring words offering enlightening advice for everyday living.

    The teachings in 365 Dalai Lama offer an opportunity to feel the focus and presence of the Dalai Lama as never before. His holiness shares his advice from the heart on a variety of topics including:

  • Living and Growing Old
  • Young People and Families
  • Sickness and
  • Dying
  • Living in Poverty and Wealth
  • Anger, Jealousy, Pride, and Desire
  • Religion and Faith
  • Sexual Desire and Homosexuality
  • War and Politics
  • Mindfulness and a Contemplative Life
  • 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

    365 Tao: Daily Meditations

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    An elegant daily meditation book with an environmental and Taoist perspective, "365 Tao" makes Taoism accessible and practical through a year's worth of daily poetic aphorisms and teachings in clear, contemporary language.
    50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion

    50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion

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    If you're waiting for the world's Holy Men to tell you the truth about their religions, do you suppose they'll mention that:

  • The Tao Te Ching was only created because Lao Tzu was thrown in jail by a disciple who didn't want to let him leave town without writing down his teachings?
  • Passover celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian kids while Jewish homes were passed over by the angel of death?
  • Shinto, a natureloving, mellow religion, was transformed by the Japanese government into a nationalistic ideology promoting holy war?
  • Adding to its popular '50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know' series, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli--writer, professor of comparative religion, and renowned martial arts practitioner and philosopher--to tackle an ever more serious and important topic: popular misconceptions about religion. Among other revelations:

  • Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that sex orgies were a key to heaven.
  • Prostitution was a religious duty in Mesopotamian temples.
  • The two major Chinese religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are completely at odds with each other and yet are often practiced together.
  • Despite having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's biggest supporters.
  • Capturing just the right balance of indepth knowledge, respect, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical approach to the task, revealing surprising, shocking, and littleknown facts about the big three religions but also many more, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, of course, the increasingly popular nonreligion: atheism.

    50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith

    50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith

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    Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Anne Hutchison to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, women both famous and admirable live again under DeRusha's expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to readers that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.
    6 Below

    6 Below

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    In this riveting first-person account, former Olympian and professional hockey player Eric LeMarque tells a harrowing tale of survival--of how, with only a lightweight jacket and thin wool hat, he survived eight days stranded in the frozen wilderness after a snowboarding trip gone horribly wrong.

    Known by his National Guard rescuers as "the Miracle Man," Eric recounts his rise to success and fame as a hockey player and Olympian, his long and painful fall due to crystal meth addiction, and his unbelievable ordeal in the wilderness. In the end, a man whose life had been based on athleticism would lose both his legs to frostbite and had to learn to walk--and snowboard--again with prosthetics. He realized that he couldn't come to terms with his drug addiction or learn to walk again by himself. He had to depend on God for his strength.

    Now an inspirational speaker committed to raising awareness for the dangers of drugs and crystal meth, Eric, in 6 Below, confronts the ultimate test of survival: what it takes to find your way out of darkness, and--after so many lies--to tell the truth and, by the grace and guidance of God, begin to live again.

    6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

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    7

    7

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    American life can be excessive, to say the least. That's what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family's upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was born.

    7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

    Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe "seven sacred pauses." So, what's the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It's the discovery of a greatly increased God--a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

    A Cry Is Heard

    A Cry Is Heard

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    "Originally published in France by Bayard âEditions, 2017"--Title page verso.
    A Treasury of Saints

    A Treasury of Saints

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    This beautifully produced anthology spans 2000 years of history and features individuals who, in their actions and in their lives, have stood above the common rank. 100 Saints are drawn from every corner of the world and every sphere of life. From doctor to missionary, farmer to homemaker, each one provides an inspirational example of the overwhelming strength of the human spirit, often in times of great adversity. To complete the treasury, a useful calendar of saints' days offers a unique overview of the Christian year.

    Abraham

    Abraham

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    In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, the bestselling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world's three monotheistic religions--and today's deadliest conflicts.

    At a moment when the world is asking "can the religions get along?" one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. One man holds the key to our deepest fears--and our possible reconciliation. Abraham is that man.

    Bruce Feiler set out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world's leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.

    Both immediate and timeless, Abraham is a powerful, universal story, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner. Thoughtful and inspiring, it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.

    Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self

    Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self

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    One of our best contemporary writers explores the tension between science and religion and reveals how our concept of mind determines how we understand and value human nature and human civilization

    In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thought--science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science. In Robinson's view, scientific reasoning does not denote a sense of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might suggest. Instead, in its purest form, science represents a search for answers. It engages the problem of knowledge, an aspect of the mystery of consciousness, rather than providing a simple and final model of reality.

    By defending the importance of individual reflection, Robinson celebrates the power and variety of human consciousness in the tradition of William James. She explores the nature of subjectivity and considers the culture in which Sigmund Freud was situated and its influence on his model of self and civilization. Through keen interpretations of language, emotion, science, and poetry, Absence of Mind restores human consciousness to its central place in the religion-science debate.

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