Sunday, August 24, 2008

??? Christmas Already?????

We just booked our family photo session in November to get ready for our "Christmas Picture". Can you even believe it's that time?  We are attempting the entire Gooch family photo, we'll see how it goes.  But what I really wanted to share is . .  I have had 2 exciting things for Christmas that came in the mail this week!!!  I received 2 books from family members that they authored themselves.
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First is "The Santa Letters" by Stacy Gooch Anderson.  This is Doug's cousin.  She is such a remarkable author of many things.  Doug and I had the privilege to read the manuscript before it was published (now available) . It is soooooo remarkable!!! If any of you have read the Christmas Jars or Wednesday Letters, you will love this this story of forgiveness, the atonement, and Christmas tradition.  I don't want to be a spoiler of the story, so I won't tell any more, but I plan on doing this (the "Santa Letter's) for my family this year.  I really want my kids to enjoy the real reason of the season.  This book has helped me collect my emotions of of Christmas tradition, the magic of the event . . . but still employ the power and meaning of Christ.  I am hoping to have Stacy to my house sometime in November for a book signing event and Christmas ideas that follow this book - stay tuned for more info later.  If you haven't already picked a book for your book club in Set, Oct or Nov. already - this is a great, easy read that I really think you will enjoy!!!
The next book "The Carol of Christmas" was written by my step-mother "Marcia Kauffman Clark".  My step-mother was a convert to the LDS church when she was first married to her first husband.  She used to be mennonite (an affiliation with Amish).  Her mother was born on Christmas day so they named her "Christmas Carol"  She later became a famous author in the mennonite and amish community.  My step-mother wrote her biography many years ago and tried to have it published through a mennonite publisher - but due to her no longer being apart of that faith, and the fact that she was on her second marriage they did not feel it appropriate.

Currently my parents are serving a LDS mission in Palmyra, New York.  She is right in the heart of mennonite country.  She happened to befriend a member there in NY that owns his own publishing company.  He knew and heard of Christmas Carol Kauffman and felt it would really please him to publish her biography.  Many mennonite members have been eager to get to know "Christmas Carol's" daughter that is now serving and LDS mission and wonder why the change in faith.  I absolutely believe 100% that this is no coincidence that my parents were sent to serve this community.  It is my testimony that the Lord knows us and uses us where we are needed.  I hope and pray this book will have a powerful effect on this community that will open doors for the work to go on.  Her book is now being shelved with the newly re-printed versions of all of Christmas Carol Kauffman's books.

My Parents are in the LDS Palmyra, NY Temple Mission - "Elder & Sister Clark."

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Kerri said...

I LOVE hearing about new books!! Thanks for sharing!! Sorry I haven't been able to catch up with you, we have been gone for just about 2 months, but we are now back home! Look forward to seeing you!!

kristen said...

Andi, this is so neat!! I love that you have 2 auhors in the family and I look forward to reading both of them. I love autobiographies so much, it will be so interesting to read about Christmas Carol. We're doing Barrows Tues. I'll call you and remind you. Can't wait to see you and catch up. Great pictures from your NY trip. What a fabulous time you and Doug must have had!!

Carolyn said...

What a neat claim to fame :) That is so cool. I would love to read the books. Will have to get them. The Lord really does have a hand in our lives doesn't he? As much as I have a testimony of this, I am always amazed when I hear a story like this.

Laura said...

I agree...what an amazing post! And I also believe that missionaries are called to specific places for specific reasons. What a wonderful story. I saw you mention The Wednesday Letters, I work with Jason and thought you’d like knowing he has a new contest on his web site where you can win a free trip-for-two to his hometown in VA, the Shenandoah Valley. All you have to do is mail him a Christmas card! All the details are here:

dnesday Letters in your post.