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The Christmas Truce of 1914
« on: Sun Nov 25, 2012 - 00:00:13 »
Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914
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 Reminding Us of the True Meaning of Christmas Through True Events

by By Julie D. VINE™ VOICE
Format:Perfect Paperback, 96 pp. Drawings by Annie Berzovan
 This is a truly moving account of the Christmas Eve in 1914 during World War I when German and British soldiers left their trenches and met in "no man's land" to celebrate a common day of peace and fellowship. Told through British soldiers' letters home, we see the common themes of surprise and thankfulness over this shared Christian celebration with their fellow men. This is followed by the dismaying official orders from those far from the war who declare that any similar displays of good fellowship toward enemy soldiers will be treated as treason.

The event is then contrasted in the second part of the book with a personal connection between rival nations at a higher level as we see the great affection between Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II and Russia's Czar Nicholas II who were cousins through their grandmother, Queen Victoria. Their personal notes to each other from the year before World War I show their fondness and we follow the breakdown in relations between countries as each cousin strives to believe the best of the other behind the scenes.

Threaded through these accounts are Christmas carols, scripture of Christ's birth and teachings, psalms, reflection from saints and others including Mark Twain. The author uses all of these and his own reflections to bring the reader to consider peace, war, mercy, forgiveness, and living Christ's teachings.

This is a worthy accompaniment to Dickens' A Christmas Carol in reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas in bringing Christ's light into the world.

Highest recommendation.
http://catholicmediareview.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-reading-oh-holy-night-peace.html

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The Christmas Truce of 1914
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Re: The Christmas Truce of 1914
« Reply #1 on: Mon Nov 26, 2012 - 21:07:57 »
A new review today at PJ Review of Books
"...While the story itself is quite amazing what sets this volume apart is it’s content and organization...."

"Not only is this book brief enough to be read in a couple of settings which makes it very useable in a Christmas/family setting, but it is well-written and will be enlightening to many readers. I encourage you to consider as a tool for some good seasonal reflection, Oh Holy Night."
http://pjreviewofbooks.com/2012/11/26/oh-holy-night-michael-snow/

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Re: The Christmas Truce of 1914
« Reply #2 on: Wed Dec 19, 2012 - 08:49:04 »
New review from the UK, today

In a world scarred by perpetual warfare, an unofficial celebration of the Peace of God such as that which occurred in 1914 heralds another order, an order that, far from being characterized by sickly and escapist sentimentality, can be seen most sharply contoured against the backdrop of the merciless slaughter of innocents, the terrible violence of kings fearing the twilight of their empires, and the failing of men’s hearts in fear. It is an order that must be entered through faith, the laying down of our arms, and the dropping of our constant guard, in response to joyful tidings that confound all of our expectations.
http://alastairadversaria.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/book-review-oh-holy-night-the-peace-of-1914/