Tuesday, November 4, 2014
God Bless Us, Every One!: The Story Behind A Christmas Carol - Book and DVD Review
Have you ever wondered what inspired Dickens to write the most famous Christmas story of all time? God Bless Us, Every One! tells the story of the creation of A Christmas Carol, a tale that has instilled the spirit of Christmas into millions of hearts, and the experience of the man behind it.
This volume is beautifully illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator, Brandon Dorman (The Wizard, Fablehaven series, The Candy Shop War series). It tells the true story as well as some fanciful imagination behind the writing of Dickens's most famous work and reveals how the desperate and downtrodden Dickens discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself with a little help from his own literary characters.
As Charles Dickens dipped his pen and began to write the classic tale A Christmas Carol in the autumn of 1843, the spirit of the story captured his heart and mind in an extraordinary way. Dwindling sales of his previous books had resulted in a desperate financial situation for Dickens, who had used much of his income to support worthy causes and needy family members. But the book which he had intended as a quick solution to his problems turned out to be much, much more.
In addition to magical illustrations and wonderful story, there is a DVD accompanying this book. The characters we've fallen in love with are brought to life as John Rhys-Davies (ax-wielding dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) reenacts his book in a production with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and other thespians.
This book and DVD is heartwarming and the illustrations are gorgeous. I love the moral Charles Dickens learned for himself and feel we need to also apply this lesson to our own lives. My family loved the special effects in the program on the DVD. It was also fun seeing John Rhys-Davies in something else besides Lord of the Rings and I didn't know he was also an author. This book and DVD shows that he is very multi-talented. I enjoyed both very much! This set would make a great addition to anyone's home, especially during the holidays.
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