The Great Christmas Bowl~Review

by adustyframe ~ September 30th, 2009


I enjoyed reading The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren. It’s a quick fun read–good for the busy Christmas season.

I like to find enjoyable books to read during the Christmas season and The Great Christmas Bowl will be a good to add to my list. The book is both funny and touching.

Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this holiday season: planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship.
Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it going too far to ask her to don the costume? So what if her husband has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea.
When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come home for Christmas.
As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?

The ending of the book left me in tears. Good tears, but tears nonetheless.


Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year. Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota , where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:




7 Thoughts Shared to The Great Christmas Bowl~Review

  1. amy

    I don’t read anything special for me at Christmas time but we do for the kids.

    I collect all of the kid’s Christmas books I can find, wrap them individually and put them in a basket under the tree. Starting on Dec. 1 (or whatever day I get the tree up) the kids can choose one book each night to unwrap and we read it before bed. I’m tweeting this too!

  2. MamaHen

    What a great idea Amy!

    Every year I reread “Skipping Christmas” by John Grishom. It is a light read and pretty funny.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    clarksrfun (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Robin in New Jersey

    We always read the Christmas Story from Luke. We also read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” every year and then watch the movie. We read numerous children’s Christmas stories every year without fail. I think my favorite to read outloud is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

  4. Barbara H.

    I don’t read a particular book every Christmas, but in the past few years I’ve read some kind of Christmas Christian fiction.

  5. Katherine

    I love reading Tomie dePaola’s Advent and Christmas books to my children at Christmas.

  6. PrayerSister

    I love to read Little Women before Christmas!

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