- Title: Carving Angels
- Author: Diane Stringham Tolley
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc
- Published: September 8, 2011
- ISBN-10: 1599559447
- ISBN-13: 978-1599559445
Papa Adam, the North Pole's oldest elf and Santa's former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die. But a challenge to carve, given by his youngest granddaughter, reawakens Papa Adam. Together they prove that the most paralyzing thing you can do is underestimate or undervalue anyone, especially yourself. With the right love and encouragement, anything is possible.
Carving Angels is a wonderful book to read together as a family at Christmas time. This book is a quick read, only 128 pages, but it is a huge punch with an important message.So many times, especially as we age, we feel like we are not important anymore. There may be that feeling that our lives have no meaning. In Carving Angels we learn, through a very heart warming story, that Father Creator(What God is referred as in this story) "He uses life and experience to mold and refine us. Father Creator takes each of us and hold us to the light, trying to see what sort of good person is inside. Then he gives us experiences that bring out that person. Experiences that carve off the rough, unwanted edges and slowly shape and refine us until we are perfect."
Papa Adam and his young granddaughter Amy, start spending time together. They learn and grow from each other with Papa's great life experiences and Amy's innocent and clear way of looking at life. I loved the way that Papa Adam would explain how Father Creator works in our lives.Also at the end of the story, after Papa Adam and Amy have made something very special for Santa, Papa looks back at the lessons he has learned from this experience.
" I guess what I have really learned is this-don't ever think that you are finished with life. Don't ever think that you can't do anything. Don't give up...Father Creator knows you and what you are capable of. He knows how you can contribute. He will find the way. What may look like a coincidence to you will be part of a plan, designed especially for you." Diane has such a beautiful writing style as Papa's emotions were expressed. This story will lead to some nice discussions with your children.
I do have to admit that the tears fell when Papa Adam was talking about angels that are sent into our lives. "He has angels. All sorts of angels.And he will send one of them when you most need it." I know I have been blessed that way many times.
I highly recommend Carving Angels to you and your family this Christmas season. It is time for a new Christmas classic. I feel that this book is set to take it's place among the most beloved Christmas stories of our time.
**I was given a review copy of Carving Angels by Cedar Fort and Netgalley. In no way did this influence the honest review that was given.**