• I wrote a Christmas book. Nichole Nordeman wrote a song to go with it.

    I can die and go to heaven now.

    Last year, when A Walk One Winter Night was in its early form, unedited and raw, I sent it to a few trusted friends for their feedback. Dove-award winning recording artist, Nichole Nordeman, was one of them. I think I joked with her that if my story ever became a movie, she could write the score and we could both get rich. And we laughed and went on with our lives.

    Fast forward to an early marketing meeting last spring at the publishing company. An idea was presented that it would be good to have a song written that was inspired by the book. Within minutes, someone got on their cell, called Nichole and asked if she would write the song, and thankfully, she said, “Yes!” A few months later, I got the rough version of “Real,” and wept when I heard it.

    I can’t tell you how honored I am to have a dear friend write such a lovely song. As soon as the song begins, you’ll recognize it as vintage Nicole Nordeman. Its lyrics open and move your heart and the melody reaches deep into your soul. You’re going to love this song and I believe it’ll become a Christmas classic.

    Nichole will be performing “Real” throughout the Christmas tour of The Story, alongside artists Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Selah, and Rawsrvnt. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at http://www.thestorycd.com/tour/. “Real” will also be featured on Capitol Christian Music Group’s album WOW Christmas, available nationwide in October.

    As if that’s not enough, here’s something really nice that Nichole wrote about the book:

    “Every once in awhile you come across a story that helps you tell your own. From the very first page of A Walk One Winter Night, I recognized that the characters around the manger had become distant and no longer dear. Icons, not the fragile and weary souls they were. In this beautiful story, I saw them differently, maybe for the first time ever. And they jumped off the page and right into the music of my heart. ‘Real’ is a song that’s deeply personal for me. I hope it captures the same wonder of the beautiful book that inspired it.”

    Get a jump on Christmas and purchase the song today!