God Bless Us, Every One!

by John Rhys-Davies, Brandon Dorman

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In creating stories for others, we sometimes end up revealing truths to ourselves. Such was the experience of the beloved Charles Dickens, master storyteller and honorary champion of Christmas. But Dickens was not always the purveyor of yuletide wisdom we know today—he too had to discover for himself the true spirit of Christmas and how best to keep it all the year through.

It was 1843, and winter was fast approaching. Times were tough for Charles Dickens and his family. He needed to publish something that would earn enough money to meet his many obligations. Pondering his predicament, Dickens set out to write a quick Christmas story that would be sure to sell. Little did he know that his writing—and the genial ghost he would bring to life—would take him on an incredible journey of the heart.

This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens's most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself—with a little help from his own literary characters. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2013 Christmas concert, the book also includes a DVD with footage from the event.

About the Authors

John Rhys-Davies

JOHN RHYS-DAVIES is a celebrated Welsh actor and voice actor. Film audiences best know him for his roles as the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. His television credits include Shogun and War and Remembrance. Raised in England, Africa, and Wales, he credits his early exposure to classical literature for his decision to pursue acting and writing.

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Brandon Dorman

BRANDON DORMAN is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligan; The Alien who Ate My Socks, is Brandon's first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.

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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is a delightful book and DVD that will become part of our family's annual holiday tradition. Well Done!

Pleasantly surprised!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I ordered this book for my daughter, believing it would be a wonderful book to start new Christmas traditions. She and her husband just had their first child, a girl, right before Christmas. I thought they could read this book to their children each Christmas, knowing how much my daughter enjoys literary classics and the history behind them. Little did I know that the DVD was actually a video of actors acting out the scenes. What a glorious surprise, and to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing in the background. With John Rhys-Davies telling the story and special effects, it was so much fun to watch. The story is about Charles Dickens and how he was in a financial downfall because some of his books were not selling. The actors play out how he came to the idea of writing "A Christmas Carol" in such a fabulous way. One will never tire of watching this DVD! I was in heaven to watch this with her little family. You see, she lives in Arkansas, is inactive and her husband is not a member. This is such a wonderful gift, I want one for my home as well!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Each year the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra present a WONDERFUL Christmas program.

The following year that program comes out on DVD, CD, and BOOK.

God Bless Us, Every One! is this year's BOOK...The story BEHIND A Christmas Carol

During the live broadcast John Rhys-Davies told this amazing story...

And included in the book is a DVD with that portion of the program.

You will not only see John Rhys-Davies tell the story, but you will also see live actors portraying the story; and of course the choir and orchestra add an inspired musical touch.

Watch for the "special effects"...SO FUN!

This presentation will bring more light and understanding to the beloved story we share each Christmas.

Start a tradition to share the books put out by the choir every year~

Beautiful story.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This beautiful book shares what the impetus was that lead Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol. While part of the book is imaginary (Dickens goes on a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Present), the ideas behind it are not. The book explores how Dickens ideas and beliefs about Christmas changed as he wrote his famous story. Being in financial difficulty he had money very much on the brain that year, but writing about Scrooge's obsession with money helped transform his own beliefs about what is most important just as it did Scrooge's. Dorman's illustrations are beautiful and showcase the story perfectly. The part of the story I found most interesting is the part where the author imagined Dickens going on a trip with his ghost character and having his eyes opened to the fact that people can enjoy Christmas without all the trappings and trimmings. This story was told as a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas concert and so a DVD of the performance of the story with John Rhys-Davies and the Choir and Orchestra is included.

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