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In our fast-paced world it's easy to lose sight of what really matters. The winter holidays are a prime example. Though anxiously anticipated as a time to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends, the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often a blur of activity bordering on frenzy.

In the crush preparing the perfect holiday and finding the perfect gift, the true meaning of Christmas is sadly lost. Thankfully, Bishop T.D. Jakes offers words of wisdom to help restore it.

Jakes knows that the true meaning of Christmas isn't inside a brightly wrapped package, nor is it found in enormous feasts, elaborate decorations or extravagant parties. The miracle is in the love, faith and fellowship that bubble up during this holy season.

In "Follow the Star: Christmas Stories That Changed My Life" (Berkeley paperback, $14), Jakes shares a lifetime of personal holiday experiences that bring a clearer understanding of what the season is about.

"Follow the Star" is a testament to the transformative power of Christmas. It recalls the true meaning of the holiday through a collection of childhood memories and personal moments. From his comical chronicle of Christmas treks in the family sedan to the annual post-holiday blues, Jakes finds a lesson in every aspect of the season.

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