All Is Not Calm, All Is Not Bright -- Fictional Christmas Story Takes on 'Anti-Intolerance' with Humor, Grace

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Christmas is only days away. All is calm, all is bright, and yet something is tragically wrong on Langford Street. Soon the Anti-Intolerance legislation is signed into law, prohibiting the public display of religious symbols. The traditional centerpiece of Christmas -- the nativity scene -- is gone. In an ironic twist, the person who most fervently opposes open displays of religion is about to become the mouthpiece from which that same fictitious bill is overturned.

A modern-day Christmas story, Jeff Ovall's The Man Who Saved Christmas ($10.99, paperback, 1-60034-212-4) is a witty rendition of the political struggles fought every December over something as humble and powerful as the display of the nativity scene. In the book, Christmas is only days away. All is calm, all is bright, and yet something is tragically wrong on Langford Street. Soon the Anti-Intolerance legislation is signed into law, prohibiting the public display of religious symbols. The traditional centerpiece of Christmas -- the nativity scene -- is gone. In an ironic twist, the person who most fervently opposes open displays of religion is about to become the mouthpiece from which that same fictitious bill is overturned.

Says Ovall, "Today the fight is over the Constitutional right to display the nativity scene in the public square. Will tomorrow's battle be over the right to display it in our own yards?" The fight over the public display of the nativity scene is a perennial issue that has dogged Christians for a long time. Ovall's response is a lighthearted rebuke to those who would ban such a public display. He believes that as the political battle heats up every December over the right to display the scene, his book will become the catalyst for some much-needed change. "I also hope it motivates them to remind everyone of the true purpose behind the season," says Ovall.

Jeff Ovall is a prolific writer whose opinions and anecdotal stories have appeared in numerous secular and Christian periodicals including the daily newspapers of Washington, D.C. -- where he makes his home. After retiring from 26 years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, he has continued to grow in the literary field. His short story, The Rocking Chair, won first place in the national 2003 Otherworlds Sci-Fi short story contest. His first novel, Chronicles of the HEDGE, received 5-star reviews on Amazon.com.

Xulon Press is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 2,700 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Man Who Saved Christmas through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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