The Christmas Victory: A Gem of a Sermon, All Wrapped Up in a Historical Novel
America Star Books, Jul 14, 2014 - 166 pages
Aside from both being authors, what do the lives of Henry Wadsworth. Longfellow and Mark Twain have in common? The answer is that both of their lives contained terrible tragedies from which they eventually found real hope and spiritual meaning-at least in this novel. This book is about one little sermon and one, even littler poem, and how, fictionally, they may have influenced and given hope to, not only the author of the poem, Henry W. Longfellow, but also his son, Charles, and Mark Twain, whom Charles meets. Though suffering tragic losses, these all eventually find hope and spiritual fulfillment. JAMES M. BECHER was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1943. In college, he won second prize in a contest with a Biblical short story, which now forms part of his first novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom, Parts I&II, A novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire." This year he also published the sequel to that novel, "Of Such Is the Kingdom, Part III, Power and Persecution, A Novel of the early Church and the Roman Empire." He has also written a sci-fi novel, "Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth," and a non-fiction book, "Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success principles)." All his books are available from America Star Books. He graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Bible- Literature, and Biblical School of Theology in 1974 with a Master of Divinity. Ordained in November, 1974, he served as assistant pastor/Bible teacher in several churches. He also served in a foreign-student ministry, where he met his wife, Berenice from Venezuela.