Joe Wheeler returns with Christmas in My Heart: A Treasury of Timeless Christmas Stories, the 12th installment of his annual collection. Kathleen Norris (no, not that Kathleen Norris—the one writing a century ago) contributes a sentimental yarn about a family rift that is healed on Christmas Eve, and Wheeler offers two of his own sketches. In all, there are 16 stories—some historical, some contemporary, and all guaranteed to require a handkerchief. (Tyndale, $12.99 256p ISBN 0-4823-7126-5; Sept.)

'Tis the season of repackaging, and Max Lucado's popular short story The Christmas Cross, which has sold more than 340,000 copies, has gotten a face lift. Under the new title The Christmas Child, Lucado's heartwarming tale about a Chicago journalist who discovers the meaning of Christmas now features full color interior pages with shots from the new movie based on the book. (W Publishing Group, $15.99 48p ISBN 0-8499-1768-9; Oct.)