The Christmas Blessing, by Donna VanLiere, was released on October 28, 2003. It is the second in the Christmas Hope Series and follows The Christmas Shoes. There are seven books in this series.
Overview: In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.
My Ideation: As with The Christmas Shoes, I loved this book! Nathan is now grown up and stuggling with his decision to continue working toward becoming a medical doctor or quitting. He meets some people who are suffering from heart problems and learns a thing or two about how compassion needs to be in a doctor’s heart. He also falls in love in this heartfelt story. It was wonderful and brought the warmth of Christmas with it.
I did not receieve compensation for this review. I simply loved the book and wanted to share it.
About the Author: Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna’s non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.
My Summation: 5/5