Christmas from Heaven

by Tom BrokawRobert T. Barrett,

Christmas from Heaven
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Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.

As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.

Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.

Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.

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An Incredible Story
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Though I was not one of the lucky few who got to witness the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2012 Christmas Concert for free, Deseret Book has rewarded the rest of us...especially with this wonderful book and DVD.

Perhaps it's putting a little salt on the wound to make the rest of us pay to watch such a wonderful program that we weren't fortunate to see in person. Still, what can you say with a story like this.

What a gift to have Tom Brokaw (a tough, left of Breshnev, atheist at worst, agnostic at best, journalist) share this story in a way that truly uplifts the hardest among us.

This story would make a rock cry. It's touching.

Can we expect every invited guest going forward to get a book/DVD or even CD deal? I hope so.

Perfect for your Christmas book collection
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is the perfect book to add to your Christmas collection. I read it to three of my boys. My 7yo and I had quite an in-depth discussion about World War II and what kind of hardships the children in Germany experienced. It was not only a great history lesson, but quite a humbling experience for a boy who is very kind, but honestly has never experienced real hunger, cold, fear, or loss.
I was halfway through the book when my visiting teacher stopped in for a visit. My 11yo kept reading without us and later said, "Sorry, Mom, I couldn't wait. That's a really cool book."
Christmas from Heaven will touch your heart whatever your age. I would highly recommend it.

Fabulous gift for families with older kids
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Christmas From Heaven was perfect for my family. The true story absolutely captivated my eight-year-old and the pages are long and smooth and gorgeously illustrated. She really enjoyed reading it, and then I put on the DVD that came with it and she just about died from the awesome. "Mom! He's reading at the same time as me!" She didn't care that it was Tom Brokaw in a velvet sport coat with his velvet voice she was just captivated by the story and the performance. (I have had the pleasure of attending a Temple Square Christmas Thing years ago, and I know how amazing the productions are--and Christmas From Heaven was no different. I wish I could have seen it live.) And then--THEN!-- the most delightful, beautiful deviation from the book happened on stage. And we all*** started crying. (I don't want to give it away, but there was an awesome visitor.)

As soon as it was over, we talked for a minute about how one person doing one good thing makes a difference, and then my daughter ran the book to the neighbor's house because she wanted to share it before they went to bed.

Christmas From Heaven is awesome. It would be a perfect gift for families with older kids, especially if you attach some mint gum to go along with the story. I have a feeling it will be making the rounds throughout our neighborhood this year.

About the Authors

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw is one of the giants of television journalism. Anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, he also holds the honor of being the only person to host each of NBC News's major news programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. He has won several awards, including a Peabody Award and seven Emmys. He is the author of The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Generation Speaks, among other books. He and his wife, Meredith, have three daughters and five grandchildren

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Robert T. Barrett

Robert T. Barrett is a professor of illustration at Brigham Young University, received a bachelor's degree and master's degrees in painting and completed postgraduate work in Germany. An accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator, his work has been featured in many national magazines and in art exhibits across the country and in Germany. He and his wife, Vicki, have ten children and one grandchild and reside in Provo, Utah.

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