I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Hardcover)(edit)
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"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day ... is sure to become a favorite Christmas treasure." - Association for Mormon Letters
The great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is revered for his classic literary works. His poem “Christmas Bells” has become one of our most well-known and beloved Christmas carols, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” What is less known, though, is the story behind the poem.
Reeling from the tragic death of his wife and the war wounds of his son, Longfellow penned the words to “Christmas Bells” during one of the darkest times in American history. And while the words of the poem reflect his obvious despair and grief, it is the triumphant message of “peace on earth, good will to men” for which this song — and Longfellow's personal story — is remembered.
Beautifully written and illustrated, this story will touch your heart as it did for tens of thousands of concertgoers who heard it presented by Edward K. Herrmann and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at their annual Christmas concert in 2008. A DVD of that moving and inspirational presentations is included.
About the Authors
Lloyd D. Newell holds a PhD from Brigham Young University where he serves on the faculties of Religious Education and the School of Family Life. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and has addressed audiences in forty-five states and more than a dozen countries through his seminars and speaking engagements. Since 1990, he has served as the announcer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.” He and his wife, Karmel, are the parents of four children and live in Alpine, Utah.
Karmel H. Newell received her master’s degree from the University of Utah. She is the author or coauthor of several books for children and families, including Come, Follow Me; The Trap; A Christmas Treasury for Latter-day Saint Families; and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. She and her husband, Lloyd D. Newell, are the parents of four children and reside in Alpine, Utah.
Dan Burr earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are raising their two children in the Teton Valley of southeast Idaho, a setting that provides great artistic inspiration and fantastic fly fishing. Dan is a well-known illustrator, having been in the business for many years, most recently working as a children’s picture book illustrator. A few of the books Dan has illustrated are The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes; God Bless Your Way; A Christmas Journey; and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
Profound and wonderful!
by Darin - reviewed on November 16, 2009
This is a beautiful rendition of what inspired Longfellow to write "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." The DVD is powerfully moving, and reminds of the hope we can have because of Christmas, and our Savior Jesus Christ. The book is beautifully illustrated, and should be in every family library!
by Alethea - reviewed on November 03, 2009
This is a wonderful and touching story of a father's love for his family. There are great pictures and interesting inserts about the Longfellow family. I enjoyed reading this story on my own, and would love to read it together with my family as our Christmas story. This is one to add to your personal library.
beautiful story, but....
by Suzanne - reviewed on October 21, 2011
This is a wonderful story. There was however a picture that might be disturbing to children. It is the picture of the woman in the casket. All other pictures were beautiful. I feel that one should have been ommitted. The CD was beautiful and the story was wonderful.