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The Crooked Christmas Tree
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DAMIAN CHANDLER was born in Toronto Canada and raised on the island of Barbados. His ministry journey started in a small church housed in the basement of his uncle's home. With only nine members, the burden of the ministry fell equally on the shoulders of all, including 16-year-old Damian. That small church created his spiritual hunger and formed the foundation of his call to ministry.He holds a Masters of Divinity; founded Impact Youth Ministries, an urban youth ministry focused on developing teens with a contagious and fearless faith; and has served churches in Seattle, Huntsville, and now Sacramento, where he is senior pastor of Capitol City SDA Church.Damian is passionate about ministry but he is even more passionate about family. After years of dedicated pursuit, God gave him the desire of his heart and a partner in life, his wife Tanzy Chandler. They later added to their partnership daughter Zoe and sons Salem and Levi.

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"Damian Chandler gives you artistry and therapy all in the same breath. As so many are languishing in guilt and shame, he emerges with a narrative that helps us cast off self-inflicted anxiety while we grab hold of Jesus' amazing grace."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}Chaplain Michael Polite, Campus Ministries, Andrews University
"Deeply spiritual, exquisitely written, this book will shine the light of God's love into the hearts of all who read it."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}Wintley Phipps, vocal artist, CEO and founder of the U.S. Dream Academy
"Don't wait for Easter or Christmas, this is a book for any season in life. Damian in his unique delightful unraveling draws your whole family into a story with multiple layers. Turning the complex into simple and bringing value to your life. In time when we are fragmented this is one book that can help build stronger communities, stronger families, stronger people in Jesus."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}Japhet J De Oliveira, co-founder of The One Project
"From shame to shopping, tinsel to the Trinity, Damian Chandler weaves together the deep truths of theology and the trappings of every family's Christmas, and he does it with prose that shines like a Christmas star. Read this book, and you'll never look at your Christmas tree the same."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}Ryan Sanders, author of Unbelievable: Examining the Unlikely Beauty Of the Christian Story
"From the first page, Damian Chandler pulls the reader into this charming, witty, and colorful tale about a crooked tree, our imperfect lives, and the extravagant grace of God. Read this book-you'll find yourself immersed in the story and in love with the gospel."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #575757}Tyler Stewart, Young Adult Pastor, Loma Linda University Church
"I loved reading THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE. The book was similar to some New Testament Parables in my mind, in that I can see myself in multiple roles... I am the Crooked Tree, I am the adult thinking I have to "decorate" the "crookedness" of my life, and I am the innocent child that recognizes the beauty of loving the "crooked tree" as it is. The author wrote, "God, being fully informed of who we were, walked up to the cashier and paid the highest price for our salvation." The point was made that "salvation is not a do-it-yourself project," and I for one am eternally thankful for that truth.
Loved the book. Loved the message. Most of all, I loved the clarity of the Gospel presented in this heartfelt story of THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE. I think this will be one of the books I pull out and read year after year."--Keith Jeffries, owner of the Huntsville Havoc Professional Hockey Team
"More than a book, it was slices of real life with a real God who loves real people in a real world. Damian Chandler is a fresh and fascinating voice."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}Jesse Wilson, Director of Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center at Oakwood University
"This story of the crooked Christmas tree is heartwarming and life changing. Damian writes with the such beauty and profundity that the story of Christ and His love should never be the same for anyone who reads this insightful book. The Crooked Christmas tree should be a new song for all to sing"--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}C. Wesley Knight, Professor of Religion and Preaching, Oakwood University
"THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE book is sure to be a timeless classic. The way that Damian compares the crooked Christmas tree with the brokenness and crookedness of everyday people is brilliant. This book will speak to the heart and soul of every person that reads it. If you've ever felt you aren't good enough, attractive enough, or smart enough then this book is for you. Not only is THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE perfect for the holidays, but the content is relevant year round."--p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}Jeremy Anderson, author, founder of Grace Tour
"In a way that only Damian could do, I found myself in love with a crooked tree, less aware of my imperfections, and completely overwhelmed by the goodness of God all within the pages of a book. THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE brilliantly brings to light an unconditional love we all long for."--Stephen Chandler, senior pastor, Destiny Harvest Church
"THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE is a powerful and passionate reminder of God's unconditional love for us. It will leave you both challenged and overwhelmed by a God who so recklessly pursues, embraces, and cherishes us. Damian Chandler reminds us of God's unashamed love for humanity in spite of all our various quirks and foibles."--Pastor Seth Yelorda, Lead Pastor of WGS Church
"Damian Chandler is a man of character, deep insight, and wisdom. In this fascinating literary parable, THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE, Damian masterfully captivates the reader with a simple account; revealing a timeless message of redemption and hope. Make no mistake, the heart of this book brings the reader to a place of encouragement and complete transformation."--Parnell M Lovelace, Jr., MSW, D.Min., Lovelace Leadership Connection

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