For over two decades, award-winning author Mike Mason has written an annual Christmas story to share with a select circle of his closest friends.
Watch the book trailer or listen to an excerpt below. The excerpt is a live reading of The Three Fools (a chapter in the book), as performed by Ron Reed of Pacific Theatre, Vancouver, at their annual Christmas Presence show.
Praise for Twenty-One Candles:
“The best moments of Christmas are spent in the evening by the fire, telling stories… stories of courage and conviction, of discovering anew ‘peace on earth; goodwill toward men.’ My friend, Mike Mason, has penned a collection of heartwarming stories to be told time and again, every Advent. May Twenty-One Candles become a Christmas classic for years to come!” ~Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“These stories are by turns—and sometimes all at once—whimsical, poignant, deep, subversive. Mike can one moment tickle your funny bone until you beg him to stop, and the next open some depth of longing you didn’t know you had until he plumbed it. There are turns of phrase here that pry open wonders, and surprises as startling and redemptive as Scooge’s three night visitors.” ~Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God
“As a young Christian and a young writer, the fiction of Mike Mason always encouraged and inspired me. This collection of his Christmas stories does the same. Strong stories, bright stories, heart, and soul, and life stories that can be read anytime of year, but especially during Advent and Christmas. Pick up this little book and let Mike’s imagination and the the spirit of God fill you with light.” ~Murray Pura, author of The White Birds of Morning
“Twenty-One Candles should be as mandatory as mistletoe and manger scenes. Mike Mason’s collection of funny, poignant, and inspired stories is a rare gift. The Christmas Spirit is alive and well, my friends—read all about it!” ~Carolyn Arends, recording artist and author
“Twenty-One Candles captures the spirit of Christmas in a way all the commercial glitter never will. Mike shows the love and delight of the Messiah resonating in the hearts of those who need love and joy, and find them.” ~David Gregory, author of Dinner With a Perfect Stranger
“In the tradition of our favorite Christmas tales, passed down from such masters as Charles Dickens and O. Henry, Mike Mason has lit twenty-one Candles to shine fresh light into our darkness. Some shine with a mythopoeic ambiance, while others glow like mirrors from day to day life. They celebrate Christmas in ways you’ll want to share. Gather around the Christmas tree; put another log on the fire. Mike Mason’s stories want to be read aloud—read to families, to friends, to church groups—and you’ll delight in sharing them.”
~D.S. Martin, author of Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis
“If you haven’t read Mike Mason you live an impoverished life. Here is a book of frosty magic, wings of light, and the enchanting music of wisdom. With characteristically honest and beautiful prose, Mason has given us a gift that will warm hearts and kindle contemplation. These are stories that both refresh and rebuke. Read them and be awakened to joy.” ~Andrew Case, author of Water of the Word
“These short stories are filled with charming, relatable characters discovering the spiritual origin and inspiration behind Christmas: Jesus Christ. Twenty-One Candles skillfully draws readers into its stories, inviting us to look beyond the veneer of a commercialized holiday season. Scratching the surface of our Christmas tradition, Mason captures glimpses of a loving God yearning to restore relationship with His children.” ~Leonard Buhler, President, Power to Change
“With Twenty-One Candles master storyteller Mike Mason has carved out another classic. Truly a book for everyone that will captivate and inspire with its humor and unique way of spreading the true spirit of Christmas.” ~Wally Armstrong, author of The Mulligan