The Christmas Journal by Award Winning Author, Katherine Valentine Is A Sure Holiday Winner

Top Quote Award winning author, Katherine Valentine's newest release, The Christmas Journal is set in fictional Crutcher Pike, Kentucky and certain to strike a chord in all of those saddened by the commercialism that has seeped into the holiday season. End Quote
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA (1888PressRelease) November 28, 2012 - When it comes to writing about wholesome, small town USA that makes readers want to pack their bags and move there, none does it better than Award Winning author, Katherine Valentine. Her newest book, The Christmas Journal set in fictional Crutcher Pike, Kentucky is certain to strike a chord in all of those saddened by the commercialism that has seeped into the holiday season.

    The Christmas Journal begins with high school teacher, Bob Parson who has just discovered that all mention of his favorite season, Christmas has been banned by the school board. This coupled by his students display of seal-absorbed behavior, makes Parson decide to disguise the lost meaning of Christmas through a civics project that will have far greater impact than he could ever have imagined.

    As with all of Valentine's novels, readers will come away wishing that they, too, lived in this fictional town. The Christmas Journal is a perfect gift and feel-good read just in time for the Christmas holidays.

    The Christmas Journal is Valentine's 8th inspirational novel, many which have won awards. She has written for Doubleday, Penguin and Guideposts.

    The Christmas Journal

    No one loves Christmas more than Bob Parson, especially Christmas in Crutcher Pike, Kentucky. But this year, the holiday is especially poignant for Bob, a teacher at Madison High School. Bob is retiring after forty years. This will be his last Christmas.
    Concerned for the encroaching commercialism that has all but snuffed out the true meaning of Christmas among his students, Bob decides to secretly override the school board's recent decision to ban all things Christmas. After cashing out his cherished fly-fishing rod savings account, Bob gives each student fifty dollars and the assignment to find someone with a need and to meet that need.

    Alan is a new student, struggling to make friends, when a local pastor introduces him to the director, Ray of a homeless shelter in the neighboring town. Ray is caught up in a struggle of his own. The downtown restoration project wants to shut down the shelter to make room for high end shops and the man running the project is his estranged son, David.

    20 years ago, Ray had been asked to leave as pastor of the Abiding Faith Church, when he refused to divulge how church funds had gone missing in order to save a friend. The decision cost him both his career and his son. Unbeknown to Ray, it has also has cost him a grandson, Alan.

    When Alan rally's support to move the school's canceled Christmas concert to the shelter as a fundraiser for his civics project, three generations will experience the true meaning of Christmas.

    The Christmas Journal, written by former Kentuckian, Katherine Valentine, is sure to become a Holiday favorite and can be found on both Kindle ( and Nook (Barnes & Noble). Visit Katherine at for new releases and book talks.

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