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John Weightman wanted the best of everything. He surrounded himself with beauty and riches, and was very careful with how he spent his money. “No pennies in beggars’ hats,” he liked to say. Until one night he dreamed that he died . . .
Finding himself with a group of travelers dressed in white, John joins them on their journey to the Celestial City where each individual will be rewarded with a mansion based on treasures set aside. Thinking that his mansion will be the most grand, John Weightman learns what it truly means to lay up treasures in heaven.
The Mansion is a classic tale told at Christmastime that illustrates the importance of giving unselfishly.
This 100th anniversary edition of this treasured story contains both an illustrated abridged version and the original unabridged story.
- Size: 8x11
- Pages: 32
- Published: 10/2011
About the Authors
Henry Jackson Van Dyke was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1852, the son of a prominent Presbyterian minister and his wife. After graduating from Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, van Dyke served as a university lecturer, a minister, and ambassador for the United States to the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. A prolific and world-renowned writer and poet, van Dyke drew from his love of nature and religion to eloquently express his thoughts on the beauty of the outdoors, the nobility of mankind, and the need for righteousness to be preserved. He passed away at the age of eighty in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Ellen, and several of his nine children at his bedside.
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.
A new Christmas Tradition at our house!
by Stephanie - reviewed on December 06, 2011
In the 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional, President Monson shared one of his favorite holiday traditions is to re-read his Christmas treasury of books, one of which is The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke. He said, I always must wipe my eyes when reading these inspired writings...they touch my inner soul...and bring to me the spirit of our Savior. These readings never fail to bring to me the spirit of Christmas...the spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul. We look out upon the worlds busy life and become more interested in people than of things. The spirit of Christmas is something that I hope all of us will have in our hearts and in our lives...not only this particular season but throughout the year. The Mansion is a wonderful story that demonstrates the importance of selfless service and giving and will become a Christmas tradition in our home! The nice picture version is simple enough for even my preschooler to follow along!
by Joyce - reviewed on November 23, 2011
I loved reading this simplified version of a wonderful classic, and to have the original version included makes it that much more appealing, for young and old.
Charity, seen through different eyes
by Diane - reviewed on December 27, 2011
Giving is can be done for several reasons, and sometimes it is done so we can say to the world “Look, I have given so much”. But true charity does not come from the pocket, it comes from the heart. The Manson is a wonderful illustration of forgiveness, a change of heart, and loving your neighbor. Beautiful illustrations, a timeless example of the Christmas Spirit.