Ace Collins shares the story behind the Christmas hymn, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Today we’re also featuring some less common hymns declaring Christ’s birth at Christmas time.
Citing his Arkansas heritage, Christy Award winning author Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. In that capacity, Ace has authored more than seventy books for 25 different publishers that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and is the play-by-play voice for Ouachita Tiger basketball.
In 2015, Ace released two new novels, Hollywood Lost, a mystery from Abingdon Fiction set against the backdrop of the motion picture business in 1936. and The Fruitcake Murders, a comedy/whodunit set in Chicago in the days just after World War II. Beyond these Abingdon offerings, Elk Lake continues to release new episodes of In The President’s Service, a groundbreaking series that first hit the market in 2014.
One of Ace’s most talked about books was released in late 2015. The Color of Justice earned the Christy Award winner for Best Suspense Book. This novel is a courtroom drama examining racial prejudice in 1964. Also in 2014, Abingdon released Ace’s Man’s Best Hero at the Book Explo of America. This nonfiction book earned the IndieFab Book of the Year Winner and Christian Retailing’s Gift Book of the Year, as well as generating interest well beyond the dog community.
Ace’s publishing history includes the novels Farraday Road, Swope’s Ridge and Jefferson Burke and the Secret of the Lost Scroll for Zondervan, The Yellow Packard from Barbour, Reich of Passage for Bay Forest, and The Christmas Star for Abingdon.
In nonfiction, Ace has scored bestsellers with The Cathedrals, Lassie A Dog’s Life, Turn Your Radio On, The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Father Does Know Best, and The Stories Behind The Great Traditions of Christmas. His books have been made into two network television specials and a CBS movie. The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas hit #3 on the Amazon bestselling list for all books and #1 in several other categories and still continues to sell well more than a decade after its release. Ace’s books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German and Indonesia (Mayla).
Beyond books, Ace has penned more than 2000 magazine features, appeared on every network morning television show, as well as CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox. Ace is married to the Chair of the Department of Education at Ouachita Baptist University, Dr. Kathy Collins. The couple lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and has two sons.
Carols for Christmas
Barbara talks about her resources featuring Jesus’ royal names while Ace explains the hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Barbara talks about her new resources, while Ace Collins reveals the meaning behind “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
Honoring the Sacred Hymns
Author Ace Collins also tells us about one of his favorite carols,”O Holy Night.”
Appreciating the Carols of Christmas
Joining Barbara is author Ace Collins to tell us about the history of the Christmas tree.
Christmas Carols and Candy Canes
Barbara tells how she designed AdoreHymn ornaments so that families could learn the rich history of these traditional carols.
The Spiritual Traditions of Christmas
What once were pagan practices have been redeemed over time to glorify Christ and explain Him to others.
Building Christmas Memories
It’s December, and time to turn your attention to the holidays!
The long-awaited Christmas season is here!
An Angel’s Song
Could one of our popular carols have been written by an angel?