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Friday, December 24, 2010

Birth of The Christmas Shoes (Guest Post by Donna VanLiere and Giveaway)

When I found out that Donna VanLiere was going to guest post on my blog, I knew that I had to ask her about her book The Christmas Shoes.  My question was how the song/book/movie came about.  The song never fails to bring tears to my eyes (as well as my teenage daughter's), and is one of my absolute favorite songs.  Just a day after requesting this topic for her guest post I was able to cry through the movie as well.  So read the post - and see if you were right as to which came first - the book or the song.

Song to Book to Movie and Back to Book and Song Again
Donna VanLiere
Latest book: The Christmas Journey
www.donnavanliere.com

Ten years ago I traveled to Knoxville, TN in the sweltering heat of July with my husband to visit our friends from NewSong, who were in concert. As we stood backstage in the arena, I could barely hear our friend Eddie because of the other band on stage. It was loud and dark and Eddie bent close to my ear. “I’m thinking of writing a Christmas song.” He gave me a short, two-sentence premise (basically: a little boy who wants to buy a pair of shoes for his mother who is dying but he can’t afford them so some man buys them for him) and then asked, “Do you think that would make a good song?” I said, “I think that would make a good book.”


I began to formulate an outline in my head at the concert and when I returned home I started to write. A few weeks later Eddie called and said they had the song produced and asked if my husband and I wanted to hear it. We listened on speakerphone and I cried when I heard The Christmas Shoes for the first time. The song became a favorite on radio and went to number one on the Billboard Chart, taking just three weeks to get there, faster than any song in history. I told Eddie years later that had he played the song for me in its entirety that I probably would have never been inspired because the story is all there in the song but because he gave me such little information I was able to see the entire book in my head.


The book was picked up by CBS and became a movie and when I was asked to write another Christmas book, The Christmas Blessing, CBS picked that one up, too and NewSong wrote a song of the same name for the movie. My publisher asked to write another book, The Christmas Hope and that one also became a movie with a song by NewSong. The Christmas Secret is set to be a movie for Lifetime in 2011 and I hope it will include a song by NewSong.


The journey continues with the new book, The Christmas Journey. It’s not a novel but rather a narrative filled with watercolor illustrations and still part of The Christmas Hope series of books. It’s a short read (it takes about fifteen minutes to read, which my husband says all books should be that short!) about the journey Mary and Joseph took. I hope this beautiful gift book will become a part of your Christmas Eve tradition or even a part of your celebration on Christmas Day!


Merry Christmas!
Donna


Giveaway Time!

Special thanks to Anne from Authors on the Web for providing a copy of Ms. VanLiere's latest book, The Christmas Journey, for a giveaway.



To enter the giveaway, please tell me your favorite Christmas song, book or movie.  Leave your email address so that I can get in touch with you if you are the lucky winner.

This giveaway is open to US/Canada only and will end on January 15.

Extra entries:
Follow my blog (google connect, Networked Blogs, email subscriber) - anyway you follow is fine.
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If you post about this contest anywhere else, it is good for an entry - just let me know where you left it!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

54 comments:

Jan von Harz said...

Merry Christmas, Kristi!

debbie said...

My favorite Christmas book, is the gift of the magi.
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rubynreba said...

Merry Christmas! My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.
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I am a follower.
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Linda Kish said...

I love to watch The Santa Clause.

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PoCoKat said...

I love the Polar Express

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Katie said...

My fav christmas movie is The Polar Express

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Lori Thomas said...

My favorite Christmas Movie is It`s A Wonderful Life

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

My favorite Christmas movie is It's A Wonderful Life. I would love to read The Christmas Journey :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Pamela Keener said...

My favorite book set at Christmas Time is "The Last Noel" by Michael Malone
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DarcyO said...

My favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street.

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Maureen said...

My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story.
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Mary (BookHounds) said...

I just posted this on win a book -- no need to enter me!

http://winabook.westofmars.com/2010/12/28/the-christmas-journey-by-donna-vanliere/

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I love the story that was the genesis for this series. I have The Christmas Journey on my to-buy list (I know, it's after the season, but I didn't see any reviews until right before Christmas) - everyone seems to love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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robynl said...

my favorite song is O Holy Night and favorite movie is Miracle on 34th Street.

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pennyt said...

After all these years, my favorite Christmas movie is still "It's a Wonderful Life".

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misskallie2000 said...

My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas.

Favorite song is O Holy Night and Mary Did You Know?. I also love the Christmas Shoes and the movie that was made of the Christmas Shoes.

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Dawn M. said...

I follow with GFC.

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Dawn M. said...

My favorite song is O Holy Night. I don't really have a favorite movie but my favorite show is How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Judy H said...

I love the song Silent Night. It gives me chills.

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Joanne said...

My favorite Christmas song is "What Child is This?"

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apple blossom said...

christmas is my favorite holiday. I have lots of favorites.

favorite song: Oh, holy night

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ossmcalc said...

M favorite Christmas song is "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

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Carole Spring said...

My favorite Christmas song is Mary, Did You Know?
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Nancye said...

My favorite Christmas song is "Away In A Manger"

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