The characters in this novella have strong faith and are willing to stand up for their beliefs, regardless of which side of the issue they are on. The most admirable character to me was the judge, Cynthia Baker-Kline. Her rulings show that it is possible to interpret the Constitution in many ways, and that one must look past emotions and get to the true heart of the matter. T trial attorney Randy Singer brings to light court system rulings in the United States right now.
From debates about the Pledge of Allegiance to cases on the display of religion in public arenas, the author cites the rationale behind court cases, along with legal arguments. There's a great deal of humanity, humor, and a true holiday spirit. Thomas Hammond and his wife play Joseph and Mary in the annual live nativity scene in their hometown.
But a federal judge The Judge who Stole Christmas: But a federal judge rules the display unconstitutional — and a Christmas showdown ensues. Thomas refuses to abide by the court order…and ends up in jail. From the courtrooms of Virginia to the talk shows of New York City, the battle escalates into a national media spectacle. I love Randy Singer books! I usually do not read Christmas books, but this one caught my eye and I was not disappointed.
This is the only book that I can remember reading that gave me goosebumps at the end. I encourage you read it.
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Jan 01, Lisa Reidinger rated it really liked it. Jan 04, Wanda Burquest rated it really liked it. A slightly different type of book by Randy Singer. It still involves a lawyer. This one is a struggle for freedom. I haven't had the inspiration to read it until recently. The premise of the story is that a father and family who has been acting out a live Nativity in the town square for years, are forced to stop when the ACLU presses charges.
A 3rd year law student from the same town gets thrown into the high-publicity 1st Amendment court case and is fighting with her own ideals and st The Judge Who Stole Christmas is a fairly short novella which I picked up for free in the Amazon Kindle deals page last year. A 3rd year law student from the same town gets thrown into the high-publicity 1st Amendment court case and is fighting with her own ideals and struggles.
The judge is not about to change her ruling that the display is unconstitutional and a media circus ensues. Overall, I found this to be a good read. It wasn't a great read but, was good enough to grant it 3 stars. The characters are developed but, I think that some more time could have been spent into adding to their background story. Particularly the judge Cynthia Baker-Kline. At the end of the book you can see what she practices in her private life does not match the actions of her public position.
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The question is though, can one separate personal belief and law? If so, is it morally sound to do so? The father in the story lives by his principals, to a fault. He even lands himself in jail for contempt charges during the Christmas season. It is demonstrated int he beginning of the novella that his family isn't well-off but, not lacking either.
However, there is a clear need for him to be there to work and bring in the income for the family. This fact seems to disappear and is not re-pressed upon. The point is, this character is willing to give up his family to stand for having a manger scene. How heroic or stupid this behavior appears is up to the reader's discretion. She also used to be the local basketball star and the team is now doing poorly due to a bad coach.
In the end she takes over as the coach of the team after losing the court battle. Unfortunately, I found I could guess a lot of what was going to happen in this story. The only exception being the final chapter. Even that lacked the kind of "miracle" feeling that such a story would normally invoke in a person.
The book was good, but, was also a little shallow. It brings up some good points about faith and liberty but, at the end they remain unresolved, just as in real life.
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If this book shows up for free again on Amazon, go for it. However, I wouldn't pay more than that. It isn't that the story doesn't bring up good points about our society. However, it lacks a certain amount of depth and substance worthy of the topic.
What starts out as a small town community celebrating Christmas in their town of Possum, Virginia with a nativity scene set up in their town will turn to a national news story when they are told that it is against the law to have their nativity scene up during this time. For a few years now Thomas and his wife Theresa Hammond have played the famous Mary and Joseph during Christmas time and many have come to visit the nativity scene set-up and all is well until the pair are served with papers as What starts out as a small town community celebrating Christmas in their town of Possum, Virginia with a nativity scene set up in their town will turn to a national news story when they are told that it is against the law to have their nativity scene up during this time.
For a few years now Thomas and his wife Theresa Hammond have played the famous Mary and Joseph during Christmas time and many have come to visit the nativity scene set-up and all is well until the pair are served with papers as they have been taken to court over the incident. So begins a long hard journey leading up to Christmas as the Judge won't back down on this ruling and Thomas isn't one to take his faith lying down, he is a firm believer of standing up for what you believe in and that faith will get you anywhere you need to be.
Not only did I learn about the smalltown's plight to have their Nativity scene resurrected as Jesus was on the third day after dying on the cross, but in listening to the Judge's arguments in the courtroom , I learnt a bit more about various christmas origins and other religious festivals for various religions.
One of the things I did love about this book was the way that the community and even the outside larger US states all rallied around Thomas and that no matter what the judge threw in his direction - his faith and love for the Lord never wavered and in the end his faithfulness and perserverence won out. Dec 09, Julia Nashif rated it really liked it Shelves: From the beginning, I wasn't expected to like this, but I was pleasantly surprised the more I got into it. What held me back at the beginning was the fact the Thomas was such a misguided person.
He meant well, but he had killed his child a year before. His four year old has appendicitis something my own brother nearly died from , but he refused to bring the kid to the hospital until it was too late. Instead, he decided to tell God what to do and fully expected God to pull a miracle at From the beginning, I wasn't expected to like this, but I was pleasantly surprised the more I got into it.
Instead, he decided to tell God what to do and fully expected God to pull a miracle at the last minute. This made it seriously hard to root for Thomas. Also, why didn't he just apply for a permit to put up the manger scene? I'm sure he would have gotten approved. About half way though, however, I really warmed up to the story, especially to Jasmine.
She's being pulled in all different directions by a potential employer, her family, and a law case she never really wanted. I had to admire how she managed to keep her sanity. I am now completely in the Christmas mood. Bring on the carols, especially "Away in a Manger"! Jul 31, Matt rated it really liked it. I have not read a Singer book I did not like. His weaving of the law, US Constitution, and faith make for the perfect backdrop to a wonderful novel.
He will, at times, have Joel C. Rosenbergian moments of gospelizing, as I call it, but not as 'bash the heathen over the head' as some I have read.
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He tackles real-life issues and uses a holiday backdrop I have not read a Singer book I did not like. He tackles real-life issues and uses a holiday backdrop to make it all the more seasonal. Use of actual USSC cases, precedents, and legal points makes the story come to life as well.
While some of his full-length books get more into the law and the clashes with life, this novella was just long enough to get the point across.
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A nice 'holiday change' to his normal writing, which can take us to the underbelly of faith-law issues, The Judge who Stole Christmas warms the heart in that made-for-tv movie way and has you pining for cider, shortbread, and a warm fire. A great story that reads so swiftly you will want Christmas here This was not read at Christmastime, but it certainly didn't matter.
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It is definitely a book that had me thinking beyond the pages. The topic is one which concerns many Americans - How far can the legal system actually go in restricting our expression of our religious beliefs? The legal argument was presented very well, yet in a way that even a layperson can grasp. I loved the way the father was courageous and willing to stand up for what he believed in, but there were some hard edges This was not read at Christmastime, but it certainly didn't matter.
I loved the way the father was courageous and willing to stand up for what he believed in, but there were some hard edges and inflexible ways that he exhibited that caused me to waver in my viewpoint of him at times. The manner in which the author chose to end the story was both sweet and satisfying, yet also a little bit frustrating.
Singer shows you the beautiful character of some people that had been somewhat hidden until the end, but the resolution of the case did not seem to be completely done.