Since the release of his award-winning bestseller The Mystery of Marriage, author Mike Mason has established a loyal following of readers. His knack for clothing the largest of themes in humble and direct prose leaves readers amused, touched and inspired. If you like deep thoughts served up with a twist of whimsy, you have found a friend in Mike Mason.
Alphabet Imprints is delighted to present Mike’s remarkable new collection of Christmas stories, 21 Candles.
Praise for Mike Mason
“These are stories with mythic qualities, the kind that you almost feel you know as they are being told. They have the inevitability of true parables, filled with those lessons which we always need to relearn. Terrific stuff! Mike Mason is an enchanter.” – Harold Fickett
The Mystery of Marriage is “a drop-everything book… I don’t need to read any other book on the subject.” –Elisabeth Elliot
“The ‘Mere Christianity’ of marriage books.” –Ted Olsen, Online Managing Editor, Christianity Today
“Absolutely exquisite. [The Mystery of Marriage] reaches down deep into our innermost being, revealing, revitalizing, rewarding. A real classic.” –Gigi Graham Tchividjian
“What Oswald Chambers once did well, though briefly, Mason [in The Gospel According to Job] has now done better, and on a grander scale. Every way, a five-star book!” –J.I. Packer
“In the past year the magical gift [of joy] got lost or mislaid in my life. Mason has located it, given it voice, and helped me to recover it. Even one sip of Champagne for the Soul is a heady, exhilarating experience.” –Brennan Manning
“Whatever Mike writes, I read… Mike shows us the way from being caved in on ourselves to release in Christ.” –Larry Crabb
In The Mystery of Children, “Page after page Mason makes observations that are so transparently true that we wonder why we never noticed or thought or spoke like that before.” –Luci Shaw
“This joyful, honest, and compelling read calls me to be grateful for every laugh and each tear I have been granted as a parent and a child.” –Dan Allender
“This fresh tale, reminiscent of Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis, has Classic written all over it.” –Violet Nesdoly, online reviewer
“We have a wonderful heritage of fantasy writers for children who desire to capture the truths of the Christian faith in their books—George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, and now Mike Mason.” –D.S. Martin, online reviewer and author of Poiema
“As a novelist, Mason has it all: vivid and convincing characterization; engaging dialogue; absorbing and unpredictable plotting with an underpinning of serious concerns; humour which entertains without distracting from the narrative; and above all, a fine writing style…. It’s no exaggeration, in my view, to call [The Blue Umbrella] a classic for fantasy lovers of all ages.” –David F. Dawes, reviewer for CanadianChristianity.com
“Mason is an expert wordsmith, and he weaves brilliant plot twists into a simple story to build engaging action…. Most impressive, though, is his ability to use symbolism to integrate faith deftly into the plot.” –Maria Martin, Book Previews
“Mason’s [The Violet Flash] will take its proper place next to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and other speculative fiction that points the reader to God and expounds on the nature of good, evil, creation, and redemption.” –Carrie Padgett, Author’s Choice Reviews
The Blue Umbrella is “the BEST book I have ever read! You HAVE to read it too!” –Emma, nine years old
Books by Mike Mason
Adventures in Heaven (ebook, 2012).
The Violet Flash: A Novel (David C. Cook, 2011).
The Blue Umbrella: A Novel (David C. Cook, 2009).
Champagne for the Soul: Celebrating God’s Gift of Joy (WaterBrook Press, 2003; reprinted by Regent College Publishing, 2007).
The Mystery of Children: What Our Kids Teach Us About Childlike Faith (WaterBrook Press, 2001; reprinted by Regent College Publishing, 2007).
Practicing the Presence of People: How We Learn to Love (WaterBrook Press, 1999).
The Gospel According to Job (Crossway Books, 1994).
The Furniture of Heaven & Other Parables for Pilgrims (Harold Shaw, 1989; reprinted by Regent College Publishing, 1998).
The Mystery of the Word: Parables of Everyday Faith (Harper & Row, 1988).
The Mystery of Marriage: As Iron Sharpens Iron (Multnomah Press, 1985).
Visit Mike Mason’s website: www.mikemasonbooks.com