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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed Butchart Narrator: Ed Butchart Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9781597106306
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Tom Brokaw said it best about the author: This Santa "can only be described as the real thing." With warmth, humor, and wonder, Ed Butchart shares his stories as a professional Santa Claus in The Red Suit Diaries. Deftly combining his Santa persona with his passion for God, Butchart reveals himself as a once-hardened Marine who found Jesus and began to serve others in unusual ways. Listeners will be enthralled by The Red Suit Diaries - from Santa's day job refurbishing medical equipment for the disabled, to the sweetest of secrets whispered in Santa's ear and written in letters, to the story of how he unknowingly found "Mrs. Claus." Woven throughout is a faith and a joy of giving that energizes Butchart's mission to spread love to all kinds of children and adults. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha enderby | 2/20/2014

    " I picked up this cute from a yardsale last year in high hopes to read it as part of my Christmas marathon series but didn't get around to it. So this year it has made the pile of books to read. I had no idea what I was getting into but this is a wonderfully quick read and it's a refreshing take on Santa Claus. My husband and I have made it a personal choice to take Santa out of family because of all the commercialisim, why should Santa get all the credit for the great gifts? This book is about a real life Santa a man who didn't plan on becoming a Santa but had a heart for children in need and for God. This is an amazing tale about how a man shows the world a Christ like Santa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/19/2014

    " Sweet book, and nice to read about a very good Santa. Balances out reading a bad book at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy Lee | 2/7/2014

    " If you're interested in the lore of Santa Claus in the context of American culture, you may enjoy this book. I'm a bit too pragmatic to have been totally impressed or engrossed by this book. I received it as a gift from a dear Aunt so I read it. An okay read, a good read if you play Santa in malls and things like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book of a giving man who also is Santa and embodies the Santa spirit and relating it to God's greatest gift to us while ministering to people and sharing his faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skeeter Jorgensen | 1/24/2014

    " A diary of sorts about Santa Claus, the difference that I liked, was that he was a Christian Santa, and always talked to the children with a Christian attitude. Some of the stories were sad, some were happy and some you have to laugh outloud at them. God Bless Santa! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 1/21/2014

    " A very heartwarming collection of memories by "Santa". I will be looking for the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libbydale | 1/14/2014

    " If you're looking for a nice story to read this Christmas, read this one about a real life modern day Santa Claus who takes his job of loving and helping children to heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacy | 12/29/2013

    " What a fun book to read -- it really made me feel the Christmas Spirit and want to reach out to others. Lots of laughs too! What wonderful people they are, I love to hear stories about people helping others and reaching out to show love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 12/24/2013

    " I started reading it not realizing what it was about. Although it was a bit preachy for what I usually chose there are some good stories and I feel the writing is very sincere. For a quick read, especially for some holiday fun I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/9/2013

    " Cute book told by a real life Santa. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 12/8/2013

    " Ed Butchart provides a sweet story of his years serving as Santa Claus and how that relates to his ministry of serving Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 10/24/2013

    " A touching book to remind you of the reason for Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nena Stillwell | 8/13/2013

    " A truly heartwarming book. I didn't want to put it down. What a wonderful way to explain Santa's place in the celebration of Christmas. I believe! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 2/8/2013

    " I loved this book! It's filled with great anecdotes from a real-life Santa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/10/2012

    " This is a great book for anyone who wants to find out about hope, dreams and childlike faith and the real Santa. It also tells about God's love for all of His children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth G | 4/10/2011

    " I got this as a gift last Christmas and just packed it away with the decorations. I rediscovered it this year while decorating and decided to read it. It was a great book and a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Mackenzie | 2/10/2011

    " Fun reading the stories but waaaaaay to Christian for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/17/2011

    " Very religious, but also includes many sweet stories from his Santa experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/22/2009

    " I listened to the abridged volume on CD and I loved every second of it! I laughed and then got teary in a matter of minutes. What an amazing story and life this man has lived. The book is read by the author and he sounds just the cutest! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 11/19/2009

    " I like this man's vision of Santa and how he tried to embody the true meaning of Christmas while playing Santa. Quick read but (I hate to say this almost) not particularly well written. That being said, it's a sweet book that gets you into the Christmas spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/14/2009

    " This is a man I would love to meet. What character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/7/2009

    " This was a great read. I want to read it every Christmas season. The memoirs of a real man who dresses as Santa at Christmas time living out and sharing his faith with others! I highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/17/2009

    " A bit too preachy and self-gloating for my taste, but it's a quick religious read about the real meaning of Christmas, from a man who played Santa Claus professionally and religiously. Some real stories that he encountered in his life were quite touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/10/2009

    " Cute stories from a Christian Santa "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/7/2008

    " I like this real life Santa because he promotes the true meaning of Christmas by telling kids about Jesus whenever he has the chance. His stories are entertaining and very real! "

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About the Author
Ed Butchart has been Stone Mountain's offical Santa Claus in Atlanta, Georgia, for thirteen years. He also runs a year-round workshop and ministry, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, which refurbishes wheelchairs and medical equipment for those in need. As president and founder, Butchart has helped change the lives of thousands.