Christmas Fiction: Lessons from A Christmas Carol & A Marriage Carol

“Fiction reveals the truth that reality obscures.”A Marriage Carol Tree

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this season of celebration, we want to wrap up this month of A Marriage Carol and take some time to remember why fiction matters. Our favorite Christmas stories, movies, books and songs matter because they often resound with truth in a world that obscures it. Here are some quotes from our favorite Christmas fiction that remind us of the lessons these stories teach us.

A Marriage Carol

Marlee is challenged in A Marriage Carol to learn generosity with her love. As she considers the past, present, and future of her marriage, an older woman reminds her:

“One choice changes the construction of a life. You’ll never experience the joy and tenderness of a lifelong love unless you fight for it.”

Thanks to Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman for giving us such a wonderful story of redemption this season!

A Christmas Carol

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, we are reminded of the generosity so often forgotten throughout the year (and often guiltily remembered at Christmas). As Scrooge learns through the visits of the three spirits:

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”

The story is ultimately one of redemption, reminding us that all can be redeemed, even in the most hopeless place.

The Best Book of All

Before we finish this Christmas post, let’s take a moment to remember the best book of all – not fiction, but one that can reveal truth more powerfully than anything else.

John 1:14 – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

We celebrate this month because of the gift given to us, who made His home among us, and who demands our worship year-round.

Thanks for joining us on our 25 Days of A Marriage Carol! Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book – we’d love to send one your way!

And a final Christmas wish, for both this week’s giveaway winners, and for everyone celebrating Christmas around the world:

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.”

– A Christmas Carol

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