Pastor Steve is thrilled with the ticket sales for their big fund-raiser - a spectacular Christmas pageant that raises enough money to keep the homeless shelter running all year. Then the phone rings. The news goes from bad to worse and it looks like the entire show will have to be cancelled. But Steve's right hand man, Stanley convinces him the homeless men in the shelterPastor Steve is thrilled with the ticket sales for their big fund-raiser - a spectacular Christmas pageant that raises enough money to keep the homeless shelter running all year. Then the phone rings. The news goes from bad to worse and it looks like the entire show will have to be cancelled. But Steve's right hand man, Stanley convinces him the homeless men in the shelter can make it all happen. And the unexpected glory unfolds.Marcia is a pastor's wife, the mother of three grown daughters, a freelance writer and Christian speaker. She is a published author and editor, having written for Christian magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as home-town newspapers. Her short stories, articles and poetry have won awards in Canada and the U.S. and been broadcast on CBC radio. Her work also appears frequently on the world wide web.Marcia is a frequent speaker for women's groups of all sizes and has often taught writing courses for the Alberta Adult Education Department, Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship, and The Word Guild (Write! Canada).In 1996, Marcia and her family served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. While there she wrote for the Non-print Media Department of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, producing radio and video scripts.For six years Marcia held the communications portfolio for the Associated Gospel Churches in Western Canada, writing, editing and producing their quarterly newsletter. She is now serving on the executive of Inscribe Christian Writers' Fellowship (www.inscribe.org). She currently writes a weekly column, The Spur, which is published in Living Light News, (Edmonton), CrossWalk and The Country Sunrise News (Central Alberta). It also goes out to subscribed readers each week. To subscribe email Marcia at vinemarcAT telusDOT net or visit her website at www.marcialeelaycock.comMarcia's devotional book, The Spur of the Moment won an Award of Merit at Write!Canada in 2003, a second devotional, Focused Reflections, is now in print and she was the recipient of the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel One Smooth Stone which was released by Castle Quay Books in 2007. The Sequel, A Tumbled Stone, was recently short-listed for an Award at Write!Canada.Marcia and her family currently live in Central Alberta, Canada.Of Herself, Marcia Says -I was raised on an island in Lake Huron, ran away to Alaska and then the Yukon, had a "road to Mayo" conversion in 1982, leaped by faith into Briercrest Bible College with my husband in 1985 and landed in the "promised land" of central Alberta in 1988.I've had the privilege of living a few miles south of the Arctic Circle (Dawson City Yukon) and a couple of degrees south of the equator (Papua New Guinea).I suppose that's why my writing is steeped in the imagery of winter, with the odd palm tree thrown in.For the past 20+ years I've been a pastor's wife, mother of three girls, caretaker of two dogs, two cats and sundry fish, and oh, yes, a freelance writer. The writing began in the attic of my parent's house where I wrote stories for my dolls. None of them complained, so I kept it up. The Lord has abundantly blessed, challenged, rebuked, healed and restored me through the process of writing and being involved with writers.Visit my website - www.marcialeelaycock.com Facebook - www.facebook.com/marcialaycock ...
|Title||:||An Unexpected Glory|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||28 Pages|
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An Unexpected Glory Reviews
Marcia Lee Laycock's "An Unexpected Glory" is the sweet, funny, sometimes heart-rending tale of Pastor Steve, his New Life homeless shelter, and the annual Christmas Pageant that always raises much-needed funding to support the shelter's programs.But this year, the morning of the big show, he learns that several of the children in the pageant have been quarantined with measles. And the stellar orchestra that provides the beautiful music every year? Well, they're quarantined too, since they were exposed during a rehearsal.Stanley, one of the shelter's success stories and Pastor Steve's right-hand man, insists that the men who call the shelter home can put on the pageant with just that day to rehearse. Without any other choices, Pastor Steve give him the nod.Will everything go wrong? Or can the ragtag group of men put on a really big show?You'll enjoy this delightful and inspiring tale.
I was asked by the author, Marcia Lee Laycock to write an honest review of this book. I read the PDF version in a little under an hour.An Unexpected Glory by Marcia Lee LaycockMarcia Lee Laycock has given us a feel-good Christmas story. Pastor Steve’s main fund raiser, the annual Christmas pageant, has been sabotaged by the measles and the entire cast and orchestra is in quarantine. But, without pageant he will probably have to close up the Men’s shelter. Despair threatens to set in when his right-hand man, Stanley, comes up with an improbable suggestion. Get the residents to present the pageant.The following hours are probably the most hectic Pastor Steve will ever face as one problem follows another. Between lost props, the ‘sky’ threatening to fall and the residents squabbling over who gets what will they ever perform? I found that the story had a few too many problems to solve in too short a time to be wholly believable. However, the message that God still performs miracles today does come through loud and clear. An Unexpected Glory is worth the read.
Need an infusion of Christmas spirit? Join Pastor Steve, Stanley and the gang at New Life Shelter for Men as they band together to salvage the annual fundraiser Christmas pageant.Marcia Lee Laycock's delightful tale is a "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" scenario, with characters just as unlikely, just as quirky, and just as refreshing. In the short span of 28 pages, we become attached to the characters, cheering them on as they reach inside themselves to keep the show from being canceled. The sold-out crowd expects a professional pageant, but the cast and backdrops are as ordinary and yet as profound as they were that first Christmas night. Both cast and audience are blessed with an unexpected glory.The story, told in readable, conversational style, is encouraging and uplifting, funny and poignant; a perfect early Christmas read.