The Ornament Box: A Love Story

The Ornament Box: A Love Story

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On Christmas Eve, Michael reluctantly returns to his childhood home to help his mother set up the tree. Normally, this is something Michael’s father would do — but not this Christmas; he’s upstairs recovering from surgery. Though Michael longs for a relationship with his father, he and his dad are not close. So much of his father’s life is a mystery. As Michael and his mom unwrap the ornaments, author Phillip Done, through his signature warmth and charm, unwraps the family’s relationships and struggles, and Michael discovers the deep, secret sorrow of the man upstairs. A testament to home and hope, this treasure of a story, with its timeless message, will touch readers’ hearts and endure as a reminder of the preciousness of family and the redemptive power of love.

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    {rss|100|campaign}The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

    Product Description
    A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps.

    Amazon.com Review
    María Rosa Menocal’s wafting, ineffably sad The Ornament of the World tells of a time and place–from 786 to 1492, in Andalucía, Spain–that is largely and unjustly overshadowed in most historical chronicles. It was a time when three cultures–Judaic, Islamic, and Christian–forged a relatively stable (though occasionally contentious) coexistence. Such was this period that there remains in Toledo a church with an “homage to Arabic writing on its walls [and] a sumptuous 14th-century synagogue built to look like Granada’s Alhambra.” Long gone, however, is the Córdoba library–a thousand times larger than any other in Christian Europe. Menocal’s history is one of palatine cities, of philosophers, of poets whose work inspired Chaucer and Boccaccio, of weeping fountains, breezy courtyards, and a long-running tolerance “profoundly rooted in the cultivation of the complexities, charms and challenges of contradictions,” which ended with the repression of Judaism and Islam the same year Columbus sailed to the New World. –H. O’Billovich

    Product Description
    A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps.