17 days until Christmas
Braden Bell grew up in Farmington, Utah. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He and his wife, live with their children on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches theatre and music at a private school. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog.
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LDSWBR: Do you top your Christmas tree with a star, angel, or something else? Does it have special meaning to you?
BRADEN: We have a star. It reminds of the first Christmas star.
LDSWBR: What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why is it your favorite?
BRADEN: Easily, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I love it because it’s a realistic look at the challenges that come with life. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. Sometimes, in fact, it’s difficult. For years. I love that the ending, while solving the immediate problem doesn’t change everything. It also reminds me to try to make a positive difference around me.
LDSWBR: What Christmas gift have you been most excited to give?
BRADEN: A few years ago, our youngest wanted a train table. He was about three, so it was a very magical age at Christmas time. We couldn’t afford the train table but wanted him to have it. Our older kids gave up a portion of what we had budgeted for them, adding it to the pot for the train table. They were as excited as we were. The whole family anticipated that gift more than anything I’ve ever seen.
LDSWBR: Wow, what a sweet sacrifice for your children to make. Thank you, Braden!
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Purchase The Kindling:
All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens, but when a run-in with the school bully ignites strange powers inside him, Connor’s normal teenage life goes up in flames. Now he’ll need his new powers to defeat the Darkness that’s coming for him. Fast-paced and original, this book’s guaranteed to keep you guessing!
Have you witnessed your children or other loved ones sacrificing their own wants for the sake of another at Christmastime?
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; entrants must be 18 years or older; open to residents of continental US only; giveaway begins December 3, 2012 and all entries must be received by 12:00 Midnight December 23, 2012 Mountain Time; to enter, complete the required entry on each post and any additional entries of your choice if listed; LDS Women’s Book Review reserves the right to determine what is considered a thoughtful comment as per each posts required entry; giveaway prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card and a variety of book prizes donated by featured authors; the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning; LDS Women’s Book Review is not liable for technical problems which may affect entry into the giveaway; winner identity will be verified by email address; winner will be selected December 27, 2012 by use of a sequence generator on random.org; winner will have until January 3, 2013 to claim their prize; if any prize winner forfeits or does not claim prize, prize will be re-awarded to next winner in sequence; all prizes will be awarded; limit of two prizes per entrant; this contest/giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified; by entering the giveaway you give LDS Women’s Book Review the right to publicize your name on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog; winner agrees to release LDS Women’s Book Review from any liability as a result of winning; email comments & questions to LDS Women’s Book Review – ldswbr (at) gmail (dot) com; giveaway subject to Utah regulations; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Book Prizes (as of December 8, 2012 – more to be added to this list!)
- Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack (signed paperback copy)
- Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick (paperback or ebook)
- Deadly Undertakings by Gregg Luke (personalized paperback)
- Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston (personalized paperback)
- Athena by Heather B. Moore (autographed paperback)
- The Kindling by Braden Bell (paperback, signed if desired)
Previous Countdown to Christmas 2012 posts:
- 22 days until Christmas: Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack
- 21 days until Christmas: Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick
- 20 days until Christmas: Deadly Undertakings by Gregg Luke
- 19 days until Christmas: Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston
- 18 days until Christmas: Athena by Heather B. Moore