Two Tickets To The Christmas Ball
To some, the mixture of Christian romance with wizardry will present a problem. The author, Donita K. Paul, tackles the issue through her leading character, Cora Crowder, who is fairly new to Christianity. Cora goes to a bookstore to purchase a gift for a family member. Upon getting it home, she finds a card for a Wizard’s ball. So begins the conversation that only the reader is privy to. Wondering if Christmas and wizardry are sacrilegious, Cora discovers that the word “wizard” came from combining “wys” with “ard” and did not have anything to do with magic.
Not one to accept the simple explanation, I turned to dictionaries and lexicons. The author is, in fact, correct. Wysard simply meant a wise one. The term did not pertain to a particular gender and was not associated with magical powers until the mid-1500s. But, doesn’t the Bible specify “wizard”? Pulling out a lexicon and a Hebrew dictionary, I discovered the word is “yidd’oniy” (also seen as “Yid’ony). Translated, it means oracle; one who engages in a witchcraft involving communication with the dead.
Etymology aside, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…..it’s a duck, and strict, orthodox Christians will find the use of wizards in a Christmas tale offensive. For the majority; however, the tasks performed by the minor characters are remindful of the angel, Clarence, in It’s A Wonderful Life. They women in the costume shop are eccentric and likeable. They’ll remind you of Cinderella’s fairy godmother.
Dealing with themes of love, forgiveness, and acceptance, Two Tickets to The Christmas Ball is an uplifting, clean, Christian romance. Pick up a copy for yourself or to put in someone’s stocking this Christmas.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
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