Praise for Roger Barr’s Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories

“Christmas is a time for miracles, and Roger Barr’s collection of seasonal tales is full of them.  In these thirteen poignant stories, which chronicle the hopes, large and small, of the Bartholomew family over several Christmases, Barr’s honest emotions put a warm shine on every line, and the message at the heart of his work is deeply inspiring.  This anthology ought to find a welcome place under everyone’s tree on Christmas morning.”

William Kent Krueger, author of Northwest Angle

 Pioneer Press Book Critic Mary Ann Grossman writes that “Getting Ready For Christmas & Other Stories” “is an attractive . . .  paperback made up of 13 well-written stories.  If you are looking for a Christmas gift that stays within your family’s $20 limit, helps feed some hungry people and explores the meaning of the holiday season ‘Getting Ready for Christmas & Other Stories is for you.”

“A holiday classic. I’ll be surprised if there aren’t many printings of Getting Ready for Christmas in the future.”

— Faith Sullivan, author of The Cape Ann and other books.

What People are Saying about The Christmas Promise

Roger Barr’s newest collection of holiday stories gathers the people of today’s St. Paul around a common table where hope, kindness and friendship are served generously.  As thought provoking as they are heartwarming, these engaging stories suggest that family is truly defined by the heart, not merely by blood.  So you can enjoy them every year, keep this book with your Christmas decorations.

Cynthia Kraack, author of The High Cost of Flowers, a double Midwest Book Award Winner in the Literary and Contemporary fiction categories. 

Once again author Roger Barr shares a collection of Christmas stories that come from the heart. Stories of second chances, changing family traditions and a close-knit community made a little better by the Open Cupboard food shelf. Much like Open Cupboard, central character Matthew Bartholomew and his many acts of compassion, inspire all of us to take what we need and leave some for the rest.

Roxane Battle, St. Paul native, former KARE-11 anchor and best-selling author, Pockets of Joy.