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Ebenezer Krow is a relentless man who charges through life, holding himself and everyone else to the letter of the law. Krow’s nephew, his employees, his business associates - even mankind in general - all feel the castigating burn of Krow’s glare. One night, on Christmas Eve, Krow is visited by his long-dead business partner, Marley Chastain. The ghost warns Krow that three spirits, one of them a devil, will assail him throughout the night. But will the harrowing experience be enough to tear the scab from his sin-scarred soul? Or will the lessons of Christmas and Krow himself be lost forever? 

In this faithful but modern retelling of Dickens’ classic tale, Batson offers listeners a thought-provoking “ghost of an idea” to haunt our homes and churches pleasantly for many years to come.

©2018 Wayne Thomas Batson (P)2018 Wayne Thomas Batson

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A fun and meaningful update to the Dickens story!!

While Dickens' story is timeless, I thoroughly enjoyed this update! It sticks to the model but lovingly incorporates some of today's obstacles to love - unselfish Agape love - and the pain we bear when we refuse our Lord's relentless invitations. I happily give it 5 stars! The joy of REDEMPTION is timeless!!!

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Amazing new retelling of classic story

I love a story that means something and connects with the reader — I want to truly get to know the characters and understand their motivations. This retake of A Christmas Carol truly did that; we get to really get in deep and I think that made this story so powerful! I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to spoil anything. I was so impressed that I could be on the edge of my seat for a story I know so well!

It really touched my heart and I’m so glad I read it. I’m planning to make it a Christmas tradition!

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Wonderful and convicting

I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book in comparison to Dicken’s Christmas Carol. But I found Batson’s version to be very convicting and endearing. I would refer this book to my friends and was thankful to hear it. The narration was wonderful and really brought the story to life. Thank you!

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So I was a bit worried about a few of the themes at the beginning of this book, but my worries were extinguished by the end. Although this version of A Christmas Carol is not exactly timeless as the original, it is rather timely and convicting to the current age of Christianity.

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Fantastic Spin on a Classic Story

A Christian's Carol is an insightful, engaging, and important read. This book challenges Christians about what loving others and being Christ to others really means. Batson is daring in how he presents much of our legalistic tendencies, but he doesn't leave us without the solution of living a Christ-like life.
I highly recommend this title to add to every Christmas reading list!

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Clever

This is a clever and well-thought out retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas novel. Definitely geared towards Christians, but done very tastefully. I appreciate that Batson focuses on love as the most important principle here. We can disagree with something but still love people. Because truly, love is the only way towards change and reconciliation. Batson does a very good job of drawing the reader in with a compelling, yet familiar story, while weaving this important message throughout. A Christmas Carol has always been an allegory, so don't expect anything different from the retelling. This adaptation offers a slightly new perspective, which I think is insightful and something Christians need in our current day. I also love the narrator in this audio version, and how he uses different voices for each character. He is very animated, which makes it more fun to listen to.

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Good story.

This was a good retelling of a classic story. Enjoyed listening to it while travelling for Thanksgiving.

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Exceptional

Ebenezer is his mean crabby self. His way of thinking is the standard of many in the church, but is he right? The law vs grace and even his perception of Jesus is put before his eyes in this wonderful, present day retelling of a classic tale. The travel through Ebenezer's hopes, dreams, beliefs and hurts will take you on a journey of your own. A journey well worth the time.

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Great adaptation

Batson did a good job of bringing the story into the present by including information about social media and technology. Also he touched on many of the prominent sins of today’s society and how we need to love the sinners while hating the sins.
The reading of the story was very well done with the reader giving many intonations where needed. I would recommend this adaptation of the classic Christmas story.

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A reminder that Christians aren't perfect

Ebenezer Crow in A Christian's Carol is painted out to be the most miserable, despicable, judgmental and hateful Christian that you can imagine. That said, I can easily think of people that I know behaving the same way.
But being a Christian isn't always easy. Christians easily appear hypocritical or actually are hypocritical. That's because they are trying to better themselves and since it's so obvious to them about the sin in their lives, they can easily see (and point out) what the Bible calls sin in other people's lives.
But that's not what Christians are supposed to do. They're supposed to love other people no matter what. That's where Ebenezer Crow fails immensely.
Crow is stingy like Ebenezer Scrooge, but he's also blunt and openly judgmental of other people in the book.
In today's world there is rampant sin around, according to what the Bible call sin. These issues are open and blatant in A Christian's Carol and Ebenezer Crow deals with them. It was hard to swallow when I first turned the audiobook on. My family and I were listening when we stumbled upon the first major sin that Crow is judgmental about. I quickly turned the book off. However I still listened to it on my own time.
I think there are many that will not want to deal with the issues that Ebenezer Crow deals with. However the author, Wayne Thomas Batson, paints a good picture of what can happen in today's Christian lifestyle.
In true Christmas Carol form, Ebenezer is shown the faults in his ways and turns out to become one of the most loving people you can imagine.
A Christians Carol is a reminder that Christians aren't perfect. No man is, except our savior. However we are called to be like Him and, in that, there's much still to learn!
P.s. The audiobook performance is fantastic! The narrator is excellent at his many voices and tells the story well.

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