Sunday, October 31, 2021

Review: "Christmas in Idaho" by Ray Downing

Looking for a different kind of reading experience for your family this Christmas? Check out Christmas in Idaho!

A Christmas eve encounter in a deserted church brings the promise of immortality to an unlikely visitor. 

Christmas in Idaho is an inspirational story for adult readers that the whole family will love. 

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and wonder of Christmas alongside Idaho, a snowman who is experiencing Christmas for the first time….. just as he discovers that time is running out. 

Explore the role that time plays in our perception of the physical world and in the Christian promise of immortality. 

Christmas in Idaho is a beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated book — a wonderful gift and keepsake.

Christmas in Idaho is a gorgeous, keepsake-type book that contains a lovely story about a snowman's experience with Christmas. It comes with an audio CD where the narration is supplemented by background music and sound effects. It's a story for the whole family, though adults will certainly have to explain some things to children. And it's all quite lovely. 

The story is about Idaho, a snowman made by two children on Christmas Eve. It follows Idaho as he encounters joy and sorrow, life and death, and the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 

The book is enjoyable all on its own, but when coupled with the narration CD, it's outstanding. I absolutely loved listening to the story, and I got chills at the point when Idaho encounters Jesus. The music is perfectly matched to the story and really adds to the listening experience. I could see the whole family gathering to read/listen becoming a cherished Christmas tradition! 4 stars.

Learn more: (You can look inside the book, listen to a bit of the narration, and learn about the author and narrator.)

Buy the book (Amazon ad). It's available in hardback and digital.

Ray Downing, author/illustrator, is an Emmy winner, 3D computer graphics illustrator, and animator. In a career that spans three decades, Downing has produced artwork for the scientific, medical and broadcast industries. In this book, Downing’s interest in art, science and religion come together to create an emotionally charged and lavishly illustrated Christmas story — a journey of discovery which questions our understanding of time and explores the possibility of immortality. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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