Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Unfinished Gift

By: Dan Walsh

This is a very heart warming story about a little boy named Patrick Collins who looses his mother in a terrible car accident just a few days before Christmas. His father is away in the army at war and he is forced to go live with a grandfather that he has never met. His grandfather is totally unprepared to take on the responsibly of a child and is definitely not feeling in the Christmas mood. While living with his grandfather Patrick discovers a wooden solider in the attic and it is all he can think about but to his grandfather it brings up painful memories that he would rather forget. This story will bring tears to your eyes as Patrick tries to over come his grandfather's feelings about his son, Patrick's father, and the hard feelings that have grown over the years. This is a wonderful story of how God can take any situation and turn it into a happy ending.

I really enjoyed reading this book but I would recommend that you keep plenty of tissues at hand as you read it. The author did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of the characters and making you feel like a part of the story. It really expresses the true meaning of Christmas that it is a season of forgiveness and love. This story is full of twists and turns that will touch your heart as you follow along with Patrick as he keeps the faith that only a little child can through difficult times and as he touches the lives of many adults and helps them to find the true spirit that is Christmas. Pick up this book and let it touch your heart and really get you into the Christmas mood.

The Christmas Dog

By: Melody Carlson

This was a very inspirational book about focusing on what Christmas should really be about. It is about family, love, and kindness. This story also shows the importance of giving people the benefit of the doubt and not judging them by their outward appearance. It also shows how God can use people and even animals for His greater purpose. Betty Kowalski is having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit and is having a lot of trouble finding love for her neighbor, Jack Jones. Jack is new in the neighbor hood and is having a hard time getting along eith his new neighbors. Could it be his messy yard or his alof attitude or is it possibly something else. When a stray dog enters the picture we see just what it takes for God to bring these two together and to make it a Merry Christmas indeed.

I really liked the over all message of this story. It really captures the true meaning of Christmas. Its not about the presents or the pretty lights but its truly about family and togetherness. The story shows how important it is to get to know a person before you pass judgement on them or make assumptions about them. Christmas is a time to reach out to those that are alone and to help them out. I would suggest this bookt o anyone who is having trouble gettting into the real Spirit of Christmas or just for anyone who is looking for a great story with a good message and a happy ending.