From a recent Liberty University Press release >>>
In 2008, when the mortgage industry collapsed, Craig Daliessio1 lost his career and his livelihood, becoming homeless. During that time, he began writing a series of Advent stories for his 10-year- old daughter, wishing to capture the joy of Christmas and attempting to look past the dark times in which they were living. Daliessio’s collection of short stories, "A Ragamuffin Christmas: An Advent Journey,” provided him with hope and pushed him to overcome his struggles. Written to touch the hearts of families and adults alike, “A Ragamuffin Christmas: An Advent Journey” relives the Christmas story in a new way, providing a fresh perspective on the timeless tale. This book answers questions, such as “Why did Jesus come to the Earth as a newborn baby?” and “Why did the King of Kings live a life of poverty instead of a life of royalty and riches?”
“A Ragamuffin Christmas: An Advent Journey” highlights the lives of 24 unique characters and their holiday stories. Daliessio depicts individuals with varied backgrounds and problems, with each one laying their worries, fears, and troubles at Jesus’ feet during the celebration of His birth. From a Roman soldier to a murderer, a broken-hearted mother to a patriarch, each one experiences a life-changing moment of redemption through Christ.
While I've never met Craig face to face, we've exchanged many times via email. He's also been a frequent commenter on SBC Tomorrow. I count him a friend. A recent graduate of LU, Craig has a powerful testimony about his faith in Jesus Christ. His Ragamuffin Christmas will grip your heart as the simple manger event preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1Craig Daliessio is a native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and now resides in Franklin, Tenn. He is an author, speaker, and father, and he discovered his love for literature and writing at a young age. He is a masterful storyteller and communicator who draws from the expertise of his favorite authors.. Daliessio has a passion for the truth of Jesus and sharing God’s work through his life.