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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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Probably more enjoyable the second time

I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

The narration was very good. I like when the narrator has subtly different voices for characters, but not over-the-top exaggeration. Some of the women were almost too "squeaky" for me, but I liked it overall. This is personal taste, but if you're like me, you will probably like the narration itself.

I can normally only take one version of A Christmas Carol once a year or so. The versions come can easily come across as overly simplified or "talking to the choir" to me. Like those before it, I also believe "A Christian's Carol" was oversimplified too. The biggest thing that kept me from enjoying it was not knowing what the stance was going to be on homosexuality (which is that the Bible speaks against it in some way, but that Christians should show love homosexual people even when they don't agree with their actions). I appreciated the emphasis on loving people. I also liked that it showed that some things that some Christians label as "bad" may not actually be sinful. The drawback of the book is that since the main character starts so far on one side of the "grace vs truth (which is sometimes true but also sometimes things we mislabel as true)" spectrum, we mainly hear argument against that extreme side. The main character is just moving away from his hurtful views and attitudes by the end of the book, so we don't get to see how he lives out his newfound views in as much detail. Yes, he discovers that love is crucial to faithfully following Christ, but how might that love play out when he is in a role to correct someone under his leadership in the church? Or how might he deal with issues that he now realizes aren’t sin but may legitimately be viewed as unwise in certain circumstances (like drinking alcohol). Because some of these issues are addressed at the end and clarified, I feel like reading it a second time would be more enjoyable, as I could relax a little after knowing the ultimate message of the book.

Another thing to note is that this story deals with some abuse and rape, which some readers may want to avoid. It’s presented in a way that is not explicit at all (mostly implication), but some people may be triggered, and parents may want to be aware before letting their children read it.

Finally, there were some touching scenes. The Christmas morning after Crow’s change of heart was a highlight of the story, of course. I especially liked how the Christmas service at the church went!

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a much needed update to a timeless classic

The classic A Christmas Carol is a wonderful message about Goodwill and being a better person but it does lack one thing, Christ.

In A Christian's Carol WTB corrects this oversight. He brings it he story forward to our modern day and adds to the miserly Ebeneezer Crow a heavy does of legalism. Appropriate since Crow is a lawyer.

I heartily enjoyed this retelling. It has a huge twist at the end the distinguishes it from it's predecessor and it has a more spiritual message than just, "be nice and give to charity."

I feel like anything else I might say would ruin the experience so I'll just add, if you are a fan of the original Dickens classic then I'm sure you will find this update not only as good as the original but better.

This audiobook edition narrated by Dave Cruse is amazing by the way. Cruse reads with an English accent that adds the perfect amount of nostalgia to this Dickens follow up. He also uses unique voices for each character, making this sound just like a multi cast production.

if you are looking to change up your Christmas this year, I recommend listening to, or reading, A Christian's Carol. It's the perfect blend of Christmases past, present, and many more to come.

*I received a free code for a copy of this book. The above review is my own honest evaluation of the provided work.*

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Great performance, good story, some weak points

The audiobook reader does a very good job, and the story/plot is creative and well written. The author also makes some good points as he crafts a new take on a classic tale, and it is very difficult to disagree with the condemnation directed at the "Scrooge" character as the book unfolds. The message the story conveys is well-intentioned. However, I found the "Scrooge" character sometimes came across as a caricatured, slightly uncharitable take on a theologically (if not politically) conservative Christian. I don't believe the author intended this, and he tried to adopt a balanced perspective which was helpful at several points, but a number of parts still read like well-meant but overdone sermons against judging others. I believe the subject deserves more nuance and Scriptural grounding than this story gave it. It was and is still a worthwhile read, and a respectable tribute to the Dickens masterpiece.

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LOVE THIS BOOK!

I love this book!! You can tell how much the author loves Charles Dickinson. the way he writes this book makes me relive my childhood and reading Charles Dickinson A Christmas Carol or watching the movies based off the book by Charles Dickinson. but the twist to this is a Christian Carol. And it really makes you think. this book will Enlighten you and challenge you at the same time! If I had my way every home would have this book to enjoy year after year. the way that the author writes the characters, they just jump off the page and right into the room you are reading in. If I could give more stars I would! Download this book today and enjoy!

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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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A Fresh Reimagining Of A Classic Story!

The first question your probably asking yourself is, "I've heard/read/watched a thousand different versions of A Christmas Carol, is this worth my time and money?". The simple answer: yes.
Wayne Thomas Batson is a masterful, underrated storyteller who sticks close enough to the original tale that you don't feel like he tried to totally rewrite Dickens masterpiece. He does, however, add a dash of two of his own twists and spins that make for a very interesting retelling (the ending scene with the ghost of Christmas past was especially jaw-dropping!). The best part of any version of the "Carol" story for me (and I'm sure many others) is the ending when Ebeneezer is a changed man and it always seems to be too short. This retelling is probably my favorite out of all of them! Batson takes his time wrapping it up and when it's all said and done you feel quite full and satisfied.
The narrator, Dave Cruse (if you get the audiobook), completely rocked it out of the park with this one. So many different voices you'd almost think at times there was a cast involved! His energy and expression are flawless. The perfect voice for reading this book!
Overview: This story has been rewritten and adapted many, many times in many different ways so I would say that any new version that comes out has to present something pretty compelling in order to win your purchase. In my opinion, Batson does that in 'A Christian's Carol'. If you are a Christian and struggle with some of the things you've seen in churches or if you are a non-believer who has been hurt by church people or have seen the damage they can cause then this version especially speaks to you! While the whole "modern" aspect was kind of lost on me, the narrative itself was fresh, thought-provoking, and, from someone who has heard/read/watched the classic to bore, a very interesting retelling well worth the time and money!

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amazing Christian spin

did I mention spin!! this is honestly an amazing Christian take on the classic novel and I will probably listen to this a few more time even integrate it to my children's bedtime stories. I mean Tis the Season. Another reason he is the best author to this day.

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A wonderful retelling of a well known classic

Very well narrated and enjoyable retelling of A Christmas Carol. Interesting Christian take on the story whilst sticking close to the original.