A Christmas story consisting of several small parables which fit one inside another and deal with the theme of eternal life. A young fir tree looks forward to becoming a Christmas tree in someone's house, but doesn't realize that on the twelfth day of Christmas he'll be chopped up and burned.
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A true tale-within-a-tale from her own family treasury, Dr. Estes says, "this story contains one of the strongest medicines that I have to offer about the courageousness of spirit facing torment, and spirit's ultimate refusal to die". Full of Dr. Estes's trademark grace, feeling, humor and optimism, this audio will nourish and strengthen all who hear it.From the Back Cover:
These elegantly interlocked tales of loss, survival, and fierce rebirth center around Dr. Estes's uncle, a war-ravaged Hungarian peasant farmer and refugee, a faithful gardener, and a storehouse of stories who was one of the "dancing fools, wise old crows, grumpy sages, and 'almost saints' who made up the old people" in Estes's childhood. Told with graceful simplicity, deep feeling, generous humor, and profound optimism, The Faithful Gardener is, at its captivating core, the story of an open-hearted child who listened well to her old-country elders and who grew up to remember, to bear witness, and, as one of the premier storytellers of our times, to remind readers and listeners of all ages of "that magisterial life force within all things that strengthens us in times of turmoil or transition, that faithful force which can never die".
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