First Line Friday — The Christmas Eve Edition!

24 Dec

Merry Christmas Eve! Today I am sharing the first line from a favorite Christmas book, The Judge Who Stole Christmas by Randy Singer. It has a somewhat inauspicious beginning 😉 . I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

“Doggone it,” grunted Thomas, glancing toward the Holstein as the big fella lifted its tail.

A Yuletide free-for-all.

It starts innocently enough in the town square of Possum, Virginia. But it ends up as a spectacular national scandal: Can a federal judge outlaw Christmas?

Thomas Hammond and his wife play Joseph and Mary in the annual live nativity scene in their hometown. But a federal judge rules the display unconstitutional — and a Christmas showdown ensues. Thomas refuses to abide by the court order…and ends up in jail. From the courtrooms of Virginia to the talk shows of New York City, the battle escalates into a national media spectacle. Caught in the middle is law student Jasmine Woodfaulk — assigned to represent Thomas as part of her school’s legal aid clinic. 

Whatever happened to peace on earth?

Only a surprising series of events — nearly as humbling and unexpected as the origins of the season itself — can reconcile a stubborn father, a crusading law student and a recalcitrant judge.

The Judge Who Stole Christmas, 
by acclaimed author Randy Singer, is a charming, warm, and thought-provoking Christmas tale that explores in a fresh way the real reason for the season.

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing”—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school’s Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. 

2 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Christmas Eve Edition!”

  1. Cindy Davis December 24, 2021 at 10:30 am #

    I’ve not heard of this one! Merry Christmas!!!

    • rbclibrary December 24, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

      It’s an older book. Very good.

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