Casey Schutrop's New Christmas Book Featured On The Reason Tour
Author and speaker Casey Schutrop's new Christmas book, Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree, was featured on the recent 10-city The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience tour, presented by PULSE and evangelist Nick Hall. The tour featured a message from Hall, along with musical performances by Kutless, Moriah Peters and Dave Lubben, reports McCain & Co. Public Relations.
At each tour stop, Hall, PULSE's founder, shared Schutrop's holiday book with the audience, backed by a visual presentation highlighting the message of the both the concert and the book — the importance of sharing Christ at Christmas.
"I was humbled that W.O.W. International could partner with PULSE and The Reason Tour by providing an outreach tool through Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree as we share a like mission to bridge the generations while also, as the book and family experience shares, to bring framework to families with hope and salvation," Schutrop says.
"This is the largest generation in U.S. history, she says. "There is no youth group room in the basement of Heaven. We are called to point the way for the future church. For as an inheritance is given to us; it is a legacy we are to leave. This is the clarion call: to impart a legacy of HOPE. The very reason the book, Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree, was written was to bridge the generations and to bring HOPE."
The family-friendly The Reason tour visited 10 cities across the Midwest, including Grand Forks, N.D., Fargo, N.D., Minot, N.D., Bismarck, N.D., St. Cloud, Minn., Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, Oshkosh, Wisc., Aberdeen, S.D. and Chicago. While in these cities, Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree was given in appreciation to individuals who gave financially to PULSE Outreach.
About Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree:
Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree features a story that won a silver medal in the Best Gift/Holiday/Specialty category at the 2010 Independent Publisher Awards. This full-color, gold foil-embossed hardcover gift book released nationally October 16 from W.O.W. Ministries International and is distributed internationally through STL Distribution.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) recently endorsed Schutrop's book and has made the title available at several BGEA bookstore outlets, including Ruth's Attic Bookstore, named in memory of Graham's wife, Ruth Bell Graham, at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.; at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.; and at Ruth's Attic online store.
Grandma's Christmas Legacy: The Testimony of the Tree is "wonderfully and creatively done. Finally, a new Christmas book with Biblical meaning. If families read this story every year when the tree was put up, they would see it differently…emphasizing the Lord Jesus instead of just Santa Claus," says Donna Lee Toney, who has endorsed the book on behalf of Franklin Graham and the BGEA. Toney, co-author of several books, including Billy Graham in Quotes, has been a colleague of Franklin Graham's for 30 years and serves on the approval committee for the BGEA bookstores.
In a fictional tale, a loving grandmother sits by the warmth of the fire late one Christmas Eve. Sensing it may be her last, she asks God to provide a gift, a legacy of His grace to her — something she could gift to her family so that they might know all they need to know of all they are to be. As she looks up from her prayer, she notices the Christmas tree softly glowing before her, and suddenly sees it in a whole new light. Glistening in all its glory, it whispers secrets of life and love that transcend loss and fear, to bring hope the year through. It is then that she knows what she must do. So, as the months pass, before she weakens, she pens the pages of a book and prepares the contents of a mysterious old trunk.
Almost a full year later, under the snowy tufts of winter, the family gathers for the annual decorating of the tree and discovers the book and the mysterious old trunk the grandmother has lovingly prepared for them. Perhaps it takes a grandmother's heart to reveal how the Christmas tree stands to tell the greatest story of all.
The Testimony of the Tree imparts new meaning to the tree and its familiar decorations by sharing this tender story of how the Lord gifts us with salvation, and then adorns our lives with purpose and hope by helping us discover our true identities as the Children of God.
After the fictional Christmas tale, The Testimony of the Tree also offers "a book within a book," which unveils a new tradition and an easy outreach tool for families with children of any age. Readers are presented with an interactive experience to use as they gather to celebrate. The "Family-Read-Along" section is visual, auditory, and hands-on, to be used as families open their gifts or at any gathering throughout the Christmas season. The insights discovered cross lines of age and gender, whether 8 or 80.
"This generation is a fatherless generation stripped of identity and purpose. My desire with the fictional story, as well as the new tradition that shares The Testimony of the Tree metaphor, is that besides becoming a memory-maker to introduce a new Christmas tradition, all would realize who they are and to Whom they belong," Schutrop says. "For as an inheritance is given, it is a legacy we are to leave. And the calling to share our hope and identity is for this generation now."
"My heart is that this metaphor and message would serve to bring a framework to families so that all may stand in strength and beauty as does the tree, as a symbol of hope in a dark world, pointing others to God," Schutrop says. "For this is our testimony, this is the testimony of the tree."
"As I wrote the book," says Schutrop. "I was inspired by Proverbs 11:28: For a life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree." (The Message)
Casey Schutrop, the founder of W.O.W. Ministries International, is an award-winning author and speaker and a passionate Bible teacher known for her wit and wisdom.
With a heart for the largest generation in U.S. history, Schutrop, as a mentor, author and sought-after speaker, brings the "True ID Young Women's Conference" speaking offerings and materials to campuses and organizations across denominational lines so that all would know their identity in Christ — "True ID." "There is no 'Jr. Holy Spirit,'" says Schutrop. "All can know the heart of the Father. This is how we take the hardest and sometimes longest journey we will ever take in our faith — the journey from the head to the heart…that our faith would go from 'head knowledge to heart knowing,' and that they may know who they are and to whom they belong."
Schutrop lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn. with her husband Marty, who serves as Director of W.O.W. Ministries. The couple has three children.
About W.O.W. Ministries International:
W.O.W. Ministries International, a 501c3 Non-Profit Ministry serves to redeem the time for families now, to make a kingdom impact with ripples into eternity.
"For we are not 'wow,' yet we are in awe of the mighty God who wows us," say Schutrop. Offering teaching and speaking throughout the year, for organizations and churches, W.O.W. Ministries also brings the "True ID Young Women's Conference" speaking offerings and materials to campuses and organizations across denominational lines, so that all would know their identity in Christ — "True ID."
For more information about the offerings to youth and 20-somethings, visit wowministriesintl.org and click True ID, or see the True ID official Facebook page.
About PULSE and The Reason Tour:
PULSE Movement, led by evangelist Nick Hall, an emerging national leader in the areas of evangelism, prayer and youth movements, has impacted over 30 university campuses and more than 500,000 people each year through PULSE events. Lead evangelist and founder Hall serves on the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Hall and PULSE have the mission to awaken a culture to the reality of Jesus. They bring The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience to refocus those attending to Christ at Christmas. PULSE is a nonprofit (501c3) organization headquartered out of Minneapolis, Minn., with another office in Fargo, N.D. For more information, visit thereasonchristmas.com or PulseMovement.com.