The Spirit of Christmas Is Here!

The Spirit of Christmas is here—in more ways than one! Our letter carrier played Santa the other day, and she didn’t even know it. She delivered pure holiday excitement in the form of a book. This particular book, The Spirit of Christmas, is the newest Christmas compilation by Cec Murphey and Marley Gibson. Why so exciting? I have a story in it! Merry Christmas, right?! :)

I swear I heard jingle bells and a “Ho, Ho, Ho” as I tore into the box. What a blessing and thrill to see a story of mine included in such a beautiful holiday book (scroll down my right sidebar to see a close-up picture of it). Not only is it gratifying as a writer to see my work used, but I’m especially excited because this book will be widely distributed and reach a larger audience than many of my pieces used in other publications.

My story, “A Quiet Christmas Moment”, highlights Christmas worship and the Christ Child, and I am beyond blessed to think that it might point some hungry soul to the true Spirit of Christmas—our Savior born in Bethlehem.

The book releases on October 25, but I couldn’t wait until next week to share my joy with you. I’ll play Santa myself the end of November or first of December and give away one copy here on the blog in a holiday giveaway. But if you’re like me and don’t want to wait :), it’s available for preorder on Amazon right now and should be available in stores next week.

Thanks so much for letting me share The Spirit of Christmas with you a little early—again in more ways than one! And thanks so much for rejoicing with me. I love you guys!

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

*The Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway is still underway. Details are in my Oct. 16 post and sign-up is to the right. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble.


  1. How fun! Congrats!

  2. Cheryl, that is indeed a thrill! I published a book in 1998 and still get happiness shivers from it. Congratulations!

  3. That is so exciting!!! Congrats to you!!!

  4. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!!

  5. I’m so excited for you, Cheryl! Congrats on a superb achievement, my friend. I adore Christmas books, and this was looks and sounds very inviting! Ho Ho Ho!!

  6. Hooray! Congratulations, Cheryl!

  7. Thanks, ladies, for all the congrats and for sharing in my joy!

  8. Praise the Lord Cheryl! So excited for you!!! I hope you’ll share more!

  9. Congratulations, Cheryl!!
    Speaking of Christmas…I need a Christmas list from your end of the family.

  10. That really is super exciting! I love that…congrats! : )

  11. Thanks, Lisa, Janice, & Kay for being excited for me. Makes it all the more fun! :)

  12. Very exciting, Cheryl! I’ll be looking for it over my way. Christmas indeed!!! Enjoy every sweet moment of this good grace, sister. You deserve it.


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