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The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope Series #2) [Hardcover]

By Donna VanLiere (Author)
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Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   TOMMY NELSON #394
ISBN  1591451310  
EAN  9781591451310  

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The song touched your heart, the novel brought tears to your eyes---now the story continues in this brand-new sequel to The Christmas Shoes! Motherless little boy Nathan has grown into a gifted medical student, struggling to believe in the God his mom loved. Can Meghan---a courageous young hospital patient---restore his hope?

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Donna VanLiere is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Finding Grace, The Angels of Morgan Hill and seven Christmas books, including the perennial favorites The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope. She travels as a speaker and lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.

Donna VanLiere currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Donna VanLiere was born in 1966.

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Could this author tell a story? Absolutely. Could this author write a book? No way.  Apr 14, 2010
This book is a sequel to the New York Times Bestseller The Christmas Shoes. I had no problems picking up the storyline though as it cut back and did back story constantly throughout The Christmas Blessing to cover pertinent areas for this new book. The book is about the star of The Christmas Shoes a little boy named Nathan that wanted to buy shoes for his mother dying of cancer. In The Christmas Blessing Nathan is now all grown up and, in the wake of his mother's death, is now a third year medical student and is facing some difficult decisions. He is wondering if this is really his calling, and is having a tough time during a rotation in cardiology at a nearby hospital. While there he meets a young woman who has conquered her health problems, or so she thinks, and a little boy dying of them. Can these two give him the hope he needs to push towards his dreams?

As a warning, I will say that this turned out to be a Christian novel, with a lot of discussions of faith, some bible quotes, and prayer. Some people like to know these things before getting into a book. So, consider yourself warned. It wasn't enough to turn me off of the book, at least not the Christian angle alone, though I will say I did find a lot of the arguments and discussions about faith and death to fall terribly flat. It was preaching to the choir.

I did not like this book. I could not believe that The Christmas Shoes made it on to the New York Times Bestseller list if this is how the author honestly writes. I noticed a reviewer on this site mentioned that this book seemed like it was written to be made into a movie, and perhaps that was my problem with it. It read more like a screenplay than like a novel.

The dialogue was stilted, wooden and often superfluous. It's like this author wrote how they thought people talked, and not how they actually do. I could tell that there were jokes being said by the characters but the delivery, while perhaps successful if done through an actor's inflection and maybe hand gestures instead of solely through the medium it was provided in, fell flat on the page. There was also a lot of conversation that just didn't do anything. It didn't advance the plot, illuminate a character, or even serve to be amusing, it was just filler and dull filler at that.

Then there was the amount of telling going on in the story, and the lack of showing. Two reasons for this could be that, first off, this was written more like a screenplay than a novel, and secondly that the author needed to explain it because more than just myself was completely lost by the way these people acted and spoke. Again, it was more like how the author thought people did things, not how things are actually done, or at least it seemed so to me. I was frustrated by the amount of telling, but I also admit that without it this book wouldn't have had very much meat at all, and might have been incomprehensible.

Foreshadowing was another thing that bothered me. I would read something that I was certain was going to foreshadow something else, just to find out actually it was just a useless tidbit included for no reason. When they finally did foreshadow, it wasn't foreshadow as much as more or less give away the plot for the next several chapters. Granted, the author did not give away the ending at least. In fact, the reverse, the author pretty much flat out told the reader things were going to end one way, doing everything but wave a flag and point and shout to look the other way and then, bam, pulled out a different ending. It wasn't really surprising, I only briefly entertained the notion that she might end it the first way simply because, by that point, I thought that little of her.

The book was redeemed somewhat by the ending. I was surprised once, by one twist, and so that made me feel a little better about the book overall. In the end though I felt like I was reading a book about some other parallel world where people thought and spoke and acted very differently from us. I couldn't relate to these people, I couldn't get their jokes, I couldn't understand their inferences, or place myself in a position where I could sympathize with their problems. I was completely at a loss to understand them or their world.

The last third of the book all of the characters spent in tears and I couldn't even get a little choked up about it. Sure, what they were going through was trying, horrible and devastating. But, it was not written in any sort of way to make me empathize with that. Could this author tell a story? Absolutely. Could this author write a book? No way.
I LOVE THIS SERIES~  Feb 3, 2010
I love this series and all Christian women need to read the whole thing. They will make you cry, but it's worth it! A MUST READ!
warm christmas story  Dec 29, 2009
I bought all four of her Christmas stories and highly recommend they be read in order. Nice read
Simple, engaging and......perfect!  Jun 17, 2009
Donna VanLiere has written another beautiful book that is inspirational and a perfect read for those who doubt their chosen path.
In this story a young medical student who lost his mother to cancer at a young age has begun to question everything about his life when he encounters two unique patients that will change his life forever. They renew in his heart the important lessons his mother tried to instill in him in their brief time together. Simple, engaging and .....perfect!
Read one and you are hooked  Jun 17, 2009
Once you read one you are hooked.
You have to read them all...This set is good for kids too.

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