Catholic Book Review - A Star in the Night


A Star in the Night
by Jennifer Gladen, illustrations by KC Snider
Guardian Angel Publishing, September 2010
Paperback, 20 pages

Congratulations to our friend and contributor Jennifer Gladen on her newest book A Star in the Night. This inspiring tale was recently award the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval and is a perfect story to share with your little ones to underscore the true joy of giving. While A Star in the Night takes place one snowy Christmas Eve, don’t make the mistake of thinking that this book is only a holiday treasure.

With lovely illustrations by KC Snider capturing the warmth and inspiration of the plot, the book introduces young David who — like any other schoolchild on Christmas Eve — is counting the hours until the celebration begins. On his way home from the bakery, David encounters some new friends in need and learns the real message of the Christmas season: that in sharing our gifts with others we can find the greatest of joy. The book is available in a variety of formats including paperback and e-reader versions.

Jennifer Gladen is an accomplished children’s writer and her work with My Light Magazine shows her commitment to creating lovely resources for Catholic families. We congratulate Jennifer on receiving the Seal of Approval and thank her for giving our children another way to learn about the treasures of our faith.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. With the Holiday Season just a few short months away, the new book, A Star in The Night by Jennifer Gladen will offer a wonderful alternative to Christmas gift giving. As a mom of teenagers, many of their friends that visit have no foundation of Christian faith in their lives. The Christmas and Holiday Season for them can be a time of “What do I get for me?”. Jennifer’s book is a refreshing, insightful way to give the wonderful message on what the Christmas Season is all about. Happy this new treasure of a book A Star in The Night is now out because now I know what to give! Leslie Lenko

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