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This beautiful gift book contains the story presented by Richard Thomas, Emmy Award–winning actor of stage, television, and motion pictures, at the 2019 live Christmas concert of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. In this adaptation of the original Pearl S. Buck story, published in Collier’s magazine in 1955, Rob looks back on his boyhood and remembers giving an unusual gift of self—a gift that filled him with Christmas joy. Now, fifty years later, Rob realizes he can still give a gift from his heart—a letter of gratitude and love to his wife. As he does, Christmas joy is awakened in him once again. The final pages of this book provide a place for you to write your own letter of gratitude and love—a letter that will naturally be included when you give this book to a family member, neighbor, or friend.
This is the fascinating true story of a family tragedy behind the writing of the beloved hymn, It Is Well with My Soul in the 19th century. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2017 Christmas concert.
Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved tale of "The Little Match Girl" comes to life in this new adaptation by David Warner, beautifully illustrated by Greg Newbold. Originally written as the narration for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2016 Christmas concert, Warner’s retelling of the classic story reminds us that having the faith of a child, and showing unremitting love, will lift all who look heavenward for comfort and relief, no matter their circumstances. Set on a dark wintry Christmas Eve, "The Little Match Girl" is a story of a tragically lonely and innocent child, lighting matches in an attempt to stay warm, imagining the best of Christmases in the quickly extinguished light. When a beloved grandmother comes to her rescue, a tale of a life prematurely lost becomes a message of hope and triumphal entry into a place of joy and enduring love.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens's most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself—with a little help from his own literary characters. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2013 Christmas concert, the book also includes a DVD with footage from the event.
Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin. On his missions, he dropped candy to children and became known as the Candy Bomber.
This beloved Christmas carol—"Good King Wenceslas"—is brought to life by actress Jane Seymour and artist Omar Rayyan. The book includes a DVD featuring Jane Seymour's narration of this classic story, performed with the world-acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Also included is an introduction by Jane Seymour and an original illustration created by her especially for this book.
The great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is revered for his classic literary works. His poem "Christmas Bells" has become one of our most well-known and beloved Christmas carols, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." What is less known, though, is the story behind the poem.
This hardcover book by John Longhurst, retired Senior Tabernacle Organist, covers the concept, approval, design, and construction of the magnificent organ seen by millions during general conferences of the Church. Contains color pictures and an audio CD with narrative by the organ builder and music illustrations by the Tabernacle organists.
This beautiful illustrated story underscores the true reason for celebrating Christ's birth. First presented at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2005 Christmas concerts by acclaimed British actress, Claire Bloom. A CD and DVD version of the original presentation, featuring the music of Alfred Reed performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square, is included with the book.
Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Choir's weekly broadcast, Music & the Spoken Word, this volume tells the story of this remarkable national treasure. Packed with photographs, quotations, and stories, it provides an inside look at the Choir's conductors, organists, guest artists, tours, broadcast career, and worldwide influence, with side trips to the historic Tabernacle that the Choir calls home.
This volume commemorates seventy-five years of broadcast excellence and recounts the history of the program and the lives of those individuals who have played principal roles in its production. With an introduction by Lloyd Newell and brief essays highlighting the history of the seven intervening decades, written by Stephen Wunderli, readers will be able to place the "spoken word" messages in their historical contexts.