Best Ace Collins books

Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

Ace Collins

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Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over thirty favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you’ve never met, stories you’ve never heard, and meanings you’d never have imagined. The next time you and your family sing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," you’ll have a new understanding of its message and popular roots. You’ll discover how "Angels from the Realms of Glory," with its sublime lyrics and profound theology, helped usher in a quiet revolution in worship. You’ll learn the strange history of the haunting and powerful "O Holy Night," including the song’s surprising place in the history of modern communications. And you’ll step inside the life of Mark Lowry and find out how he came to pen the words to the contemporary classic "Mary, Did You Know?" Still other songs such as "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" trace back to mysterious origins--to ninth-century monks, nameless clergy, and unknown commoners of ages past. Joining hands with such modern favorites as "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," they are part of the legacy of inspiration, faith, tears, love, and spiritual joy that is Christmas. From the rollicking appeal of "Jingle Bells" to the tranquil beauty of "Silent Night," the great songs of Christmas contain messages of peace, hope, and truth. Each in its own way expresses a facet of God’s heart and celebrates the birth of his greatest gift to the world--Jesus, the most wonderful Christmas Song of all.

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas (Stories Behind Books)

Ace Collins

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The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how • after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation. • the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God. • the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism. The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

Ace Collins

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Ace Collins has dug deep to uncover the true stories behind your favorite Christmas songs. Explore how these songs came into being, and discover a deeper appreciation for these melodic messages of peace, hope, and joy that celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A Countdown to Christmas

Ace Collins

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For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

Man's Best Hero: True Stories of Great American Dogs

Ace Collins

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What makes a hero? Sacrifice. Fearlessness. Risking their lives to save others. The thirteen exceptional dogs in this book will amaze and inspire you. These daring rescues and acts of courage defy logic and illustrate why dogs are still the pet of choice in more than 43 million American homes. A Malamute named Patches who saved a drowning man in freezing water; a mutt named Lulubelle who jumped in front of a truck to push a toddler to the curb; a yellow Labrador Retriever named Roselle who led office workers in one of New York City’s Twin Towers down many flights of darkened stairs toward safety on September 11, 2001. All of the dogs in these stories were in some way incredibly special, to their owners and to many others. And each one, in its own special way, was a hero.

Stories Behind Christmas Boxed Set

Ace Collins

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Since angels sang when Jesus was born, music has been as much a part of Christmas as candy canes, Christmas trees, and other beloved traditions of the season. Now you and your family can deepen your celebration of Christ's birth as you learn the stories and spiritual significance of our most cherished holiday songs and traditions. Do you understand the meaning of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'? Why do we use red and green at Christmas? What are the origins of the Christmas tree? Do you know the unusual history behind 'O Holy Night'? Written by popular music historian and bestselling author Ace Collins, the three books in this beautiful boxed set unlock the origins and meanings of best-loved carols, hymns, and songs. They also explain traditions as familiar yet little understood as mistletoe, ornaments, stockings, and holly. From the cloisters of fifth-century monks, to the frontlines of World War II, to Hollywood sets and Nashville recording studios, Collins takes you on a journey that will warm your heart and enrich your experience of this brightest of holiday seasons.

Stories Behind the Traditions and Songs of Easter

Ace Collins

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The treasured traditions of Easter---little bunnies, parades, new Easter outfits, sunrise services, passion plays, and more---infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And in ways you may not realize, they point us to the resurrection of Christ and our hope of life beyond the grave. Stories Behind the Traditions and Songs of Easter reveals the events and backgrounds that shaped the best-loved customs and songs of Easter, introducing you to stories you've never heard and a deeper appreciation for the holiday's familiar hallmarks.

The Christmas Star

Ace Collins

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Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. At Christmas, the final decoration Marge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a message delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery letter found in a Bible put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

In the President's Service: Episodes 1-3

Ace Collins

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In the President's Service is a thirteen-book series about Helen Meeker, an agent working for FDR during WWII. The series follows her assignments both in the US and in Europe during the war. This book contains the first three episodes: A Date with Death, The Dark Pool, and Blood Brother.

A Date With Death: In the President's Service, Episode One (Volume 1)

Ace Collins

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Helen Meeker is back and has less than thirty days to stop the execution of an innocent pastor who has unbelievably confessed to being a Nazi spy. While on a case that has dynamic implications to uncovering an espionage ring operating on American and British soil, Helen defuses a hostage crisis in a bank robbery gone wrong, unearths an explosive coffin, and is introduced to a dead English hero who seems very much alive. The fate of an innocent girl and the world's two most dynamic leaders depend upon Helen's connecting cases before Wilbur Shellmeyer faces a firing squad, and Churchill and Roosevelt meet for a secret conference in upstate New York. Set against the backdrop of the early days of World War II, A Date with Death combines action, adventure, mystery, and romance in a tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until they, like Helen Meeker, answer the question, ""Do I save the leader of the free world or an innocent man scheduled to die to protect someone he loves?"" Which life is more important? Though the answer to this question will be revealed at the end of A Date with Death, Helen's action and adventure will continue at a break-neck pace throughout the ""In the President's Service Series,"" as she takes on new challenges and dangers. Purchase the eBooks each month or subscribe to the monthly installments in a magazine style issue, readable on any device that will include interactive videos from the author. Enjoy a behind the scenes adventure where Ace Collins talks about researching this time period, including the cars, the music, a woman's struggles trying to earn a place in many areas of law enforcement, the lives of world leaders. and MUCH MORE every month.