Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog tour ~ "Christmas From Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber"

Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin CandybomberChristmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candybomber by Tom Brokaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Inspirational Christmas

Book Description: "From little things come big things," Gail Halvorsen remembered his father saying. As a twenty-seven-year-old American pilot, Brother Halvorsen's job was to airdrop much-needed food and supplies to the people of West Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. But it was his simple gift of two sticks of gum that launched an extraordinaryhumanitarian endeavor and earned him the nickname "The Candy Bomber." Each day as hundreds of small white parachutes delivered treats to the children of West Germany, the wounds of war began to heal. "Operation Little Vittles" captured the imagination of people everywhere, bringing the spirit of Christmas to a world in need of peace and hope.

Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD.
Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own "Candy Bomber" parachutes

My thoughts:  This is a beautifully made book. The book has illustrations with picture inserts of the actual people depicted in the story.

"Hal" was 27 years old flying food into West Berlin in 1948. It was Christmas Eve and he realized that what he was doing was the true spirit of Christmas.

He had love and compassion in his heart for the people who were hungry and suffering after the end of the war and an idea was formed when he witnessed the children watching him through a barbed wire fence. They were grateful and didn't ask for anything.

This started events that lead to Hal being know as "The Candy Bomber."

This is a beautiful story that is full of love and good will. The theme is "From little things come big things."

When I read the story, I was touched. Then I pulled out the accompanying DVD. This story was featured in a Christmas production of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. While I was touched by reading the book, the story brought tears to my eyes when I watched and felt the spirit of it being read by Tom Brokaw with background music of the choir.

Candy parachutes were dropped into the audience and Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen was brought on stage. The spirit of Christmas is stirring in the DVD.

Robert T Barrett
Tom Brokaw

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