Brady and I are half way through "A Christmas Melody". I have to say again how much I love this book. I am having a good cry every night while reading this book. Last night we read about when Melody as a little girl and she had been up all night while her dad was in a drunken rage abusing his wife and children and breaking things in the house. The next day was Sunday and when she went to Primary they sang "I am a Child of God, with parents kind and dear" and she broke down. Sister Thompson took her into another class room and talk to her.
"Is it like the way I felt after I was baptized?"
"Yes, honey. That's what it's like."
Melody liked Sister Thompson's theory on heroic angels. She read and reread the stories in her Book of Mormon that the older woman had helped her mark. Captain Moroni defeating the wicked Lamanites. Mormon leading armies into battle as a young man. Another Moroni who kept himself hidden from the Lamanites in order to complete the record and bury it. Nephi subduing his older brothers' she liked that one especially.
With a vivid imagination, Melody conjured up an image of her own hero. He was somehow a combination of several personages: tall and firm and strong, dressed like a warrior, complete with shield and sword. His features and coloring were obscure, but his image was strong. From then on, when her father would rage and throw his drunken fits, while her mother cried and groveled to defend herself, Melody imagined her angel warrior standing in the doorway of the room she shared with her sisters. Sometimes he would stand right at the foot of her bed. And Sister Thompson had been right; Melody never really saw him, but she felt him there without question.
I love this book.... It makes me feel for little children who are in abusive homes and have to live in circumstances of abuse. I love the image of angels around us to keep us safe. I have an army of warriors protecting my home, keeping the spirit here and keeping us safe. Isn't that a great visual of Heavenly Father love and protection?
Do you have a favorite Christmas book? Please share -- I always love getting new ones!