God's light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.
Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.
Ora is an artist, genealogist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. She’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She recently received her Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also writes children’s books and historical fiction. In 2013, she placed first in a short-story writing contest sponsored by Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center at Arizona State University. Her historical novel, White Oak River, won first place in the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (an ACFW affiliate)
Ora’s been a wife and mother for more than thirty-six years, raising four sons and one daughter. She has the three cutest grandchildren in existence.
For more than twenty years Ora’s taught family history research at conferences and to individuals. Read an article she wrote for the online magazine, Almost an Author, about “Using Ancestor’s Stories in Fiction.” Also visit her blog, Writing About Ancestors, to learn how you can write about your ancestors.
As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.
"God sent Jesus to guide us. He wants you to show His light by being kind and loving others. Then you'll have your own light."
At the end of this book author Ora Smith tells readers that she wanted to share with her grandchildren the story of God and his son Jesus and this is exactly what she has done in A Christmas Story of Light. The beautiful star on the cover reminds us of the star that was present on the night of Jesus's birth and this 34 page book relates the story of Jesus being born and how his birth changed mankind forever. Along with the Christmas story the author stresses that Jesus came to light our way and that each one of us can be a light. This book has a beautiful cover and the bright, colorful illustrations inside are appealing to children. Older children should find the text easy to read and pre-school children will enjoy listening to it as they look at the pictures. I am looking forward to sharing this with my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter. This is a wonderful way to share the story of Jesus's birth and to impress upon children the true meaning of Christmas; it also encourages them to follow God's Word and to share love and hope with others. I recommend A Christmas Story of Light for those who are looking for faith-based reading material for children. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
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