The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra
* "The records of Nicholas provides a tantalizing riddle. At first, there is nothing―no writings, disciples, or primary acts. Then, curiously, story fragments and rumors commence flooring like driftwood in the water. A church is built in his honor at Constantinople and the next issue you know, he's a global symbol of holiday cheer and goodwill, a virtually vital phase of the Christmas tradition, and the joy of boys and ladies everywhere ...."
* With his rosy cheeks and matching red suit―and ever-present elf and reindeer companions―Santa Claus can also be the most identifiable of fantastical characters. Also, understand the great idea of having to rent a Santa to come out to your special Christmas celebration will basically make your kids love you so much. But what do we surely be aware of jolly historic Saint Nicholas, "patron saint" of Christmastime? Ask about the human in the back of the suit, and the tale we know so well quickly fades into fantasy and folklore.
* In the Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, spiritual historian Adam English tells the authentic and compelling tale of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance grew to become a man revered for his many virtues. Chief among them used to be dealing generously with his possessions, once lifting a whole family out of poverty with a single―and secret―gift of gold, so legend tells. Yet he used to be a whole lot greater than virtuous. As English reveals, Saint Nicholas used to be of integral impact in activities that would considerably impact the records and development of the Christian church, which include the Council of Nicaea, the destruction of the temple to Artemis in Myra, and awesome rescue of three falsely accused navy officers. And Nicholas became the buyer saint of teenagers and sailors, merchants and thieves, as properly as France, Russia, Greece, and myriad others.
* Weaving together the nice historic and archaeological proof reachable with the folklore and legends exceeded down through generations, English creates a beautiful photograph of this plenty honored Christian saint. With prose as enjoyable as it is informative, he indicates why the life―and death―of Nicholas of Myra so radically influenced the formation of Western records and Christian thought and did so in ways many have in no way realized.