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Gideon's Gift (The Red Gloves Collection #1)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 22, 2002
I just loved this book! I am not a fiction-reader, and if you check out my other reviews, you'll see that I'm very picky about my fiction! Most of my reading is Christian non-fiction.
Having said that, you MUST READ THIS BOOK! The author does an excellent job of decribing Gideon's sweet spirit, her parents' love and concern for their sick daughter, and the homeless man Earl's toughness and depression and his giving up on life.
Before buying a book (or checking one out at the library), I look at how it's laid out. This book beckons you with its blue typeface and the motif of the gloves at the beginning of each chapter.
Most of all, you have to read this book for the amazing story. This book WILL become a Christmas classic. It is poignant, gentle, and touching without being saccharin. If you're looking to read a good story that will stick with you for a long time to come, without investing hours of reading time, this is a must-read for you!
I would highly recommend giving this book as a gift - perhaps before Christmas? The message is one of God's miracles and hope and what happens when you BELIEVE.
Please check out my other reviews of Christian books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2003
Gideon is an angelic little girl who is dying with cancer. However, just at Christmas, in the season of miracles, she gets one, remission from her disease. Determined to spread the joy, she uses all she has saved to buy a cynical, homeless man a pair of red mittens, hopefully replicating the ones he lost, and with their loss, lost hope and faith. Somehow, the used mittens she is able to buy are the very ones that he lost. Then, life turns for the worse, and Gideon needs another miracle. Her cancer is back, and worse than ever. Will there be another miracle, or will she join the angels for whom she is named?
**** As always, Ms. Kingsbury delivers a story that warms your heart through the tears pouring down your face. Closing one of her books never fails to leave the reader untouched and with a new lease on life. I also encourage readers to take time to read the author's message at the end and support the projects mentioned so as to help bring miracles to more people. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2006
Oh wow. I have no words to describe this story and how it touched my heart. I read the last quarter of it through tear-filled eyes.

I am going to have both of my daughter's read it because I can't think of another story that exemplifies the true spirit of Christmas as powerfully as this one does.

I'll always remember that Christmas miracles happen to those who believe. And I happen to have a pair of red gloves that were given to me by a friend that won't let me forget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2002
Gideon's Gift may be a small book, but there is nothing little about its message of hope and the miraculous. Give yourself a gift. Read Gideon's Gift.
--Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Firstborn
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2003
This book was great. It brought to life the true meaning of Christmas. To "Believe". Truely enjoyable and able to sit and read in one sitting. Can hardly wait to read the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon September 20, 2014
Gideon's Gift is not one story, but two. It is the story of Earl Badgett, a man who lost his wife and daughter, and, consequently, his reason for living. And, it is the story of Gideon Mercer, an eight-year-old girl with Leukemia, who wants a special gift for this Christmas - a miracle, but not a miracle for herself, a miracle for someone else. Christmas is a time for miracles, and when Earl and Gideon meet at a homeless shelter, Gideon may just get her wish.

I must say that this is one of the most touching books that I have read in a long time. Indeed, I doubt that it is possible to read it without becoming choked up. This is a very heartwarming tale that will touch your heart and your soul. I highly recommend this book!
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on September 26, 2014
Karen Kingsbury's inspiration for writing The Red Glove Series was based on what she saw modeled by her father, how on one Thanksgiving, he loaded up a plate of leftovers and headed out to find the first person in need and pass the plate of food on to them. It would create such a lasting impression of the very nature of what God implied when He asked us to care for those in need, those that are hurting and ones we can lessen the burden for in unremarkable ways. Gideon's Gift begins the series and shares with us the store of how one little eight-year-old girl named Gideon who was struggling with finding a Christmas miracle in light of hoping her leukemia this year might go into remission.

She truly believes in the message she has heard that Christmas miracles come to those who believe. As she and her father, Brian Mercer made their way to the hospital, they stopped like they always did while waiting for the blood tests and shared in a rare conversation, "What is their own idea of the perfect Christmas?" Little did Gideon know how God was listening to one girl's request to have the perfect Christmas just once, one that would blow the doors off any ordinary miracle and one that would change not only her life, but the lives of the people she would touch this year.

Earl Badgett had hoped that all his years of living on the streets might one day take his life, but it looks like this is not going to be that day. As he makes his way into the local mission to get a hot meal, he holds on to the only hope that keeps his heart from growing cold. A single pair of red gloves hand-knitted by his wife Anne, two years ago for his Christmas present. It was almost two years to the date when he would once again find himself remembering that fateful night that claimed the life of his wife and daughter and would also claim any remnant of the Earl that once loved them. Now he spends his days and nights hoping this will be the night that he will join them in heaven, but one encounter with Gideon at the mission will change them both forever and show how powerful prayer can truly be to those who believe in God.

I received Gideon's Gift by Karen Kingsbury compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is such an amazing inspirational novel that would make a great Christmas gift that you can read together as a family, a chapter each night, to gain a true meaning of God's power and that of prayer. How God can change a hardened heart and show the amazing power of sacrificial love for another. There is even a section at the conclusion of the book that shares ways you can extend the gift of service to others this Christmas. I can highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something to stir the real reason behind Christmas and put you in the perfect Christmas Spirit and easily give it a 5 out of 5 stars!
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VINE VOICEon March 1, 2009
This wonderful novella from author Karen Kingsbury is destined to become a Christmas classic. It is heartwarming and inspirational in its story of belief in miracles by a selfless young girl with leukemia, and a man haunted by his memories living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Short yet touching, it will hold a special place among Christmas stories once read.

Gideon Mercer is an eight year old girl with a gift for bringing out the best in those around her. She is selfless and kind. When she dreams of the perfect Christmas and prays with her father for some kind of special miracle this year, it may have to transpire soon; little Gideon is running out of time. But prayers can be answered, and a miracle will present itself in the form of Earl Badgett.

Earl has been living on the rainy streets of Portland so long he has lost touch with humanity; his only connection to the past a pair of red gloves. Only at night when he puts them on does he recall his two girls, wife Anne and daughter Molly. They are his only reminder of happier times. What happened to Earl is heartbreaking and very plausible in Kingsbury's hands, her gift for making stories like this of faith and hope utterly convincing on display.

When Gideon and Earl meet at the mission she senses what that miracle could be. I will not reveal what transpires between Gideon and Earl but this novella opens upon the joyous occasion of a wedding and slowly reveals how faith and a Christmas miracle brought all the parties involved there. This is a sweet and heartfelt story of hope that will make you want to do good to others while we still have the time.

Short and touching, it does not have to be Christmas to enjoy, but its brief length and sentimental message make it perfect for the busy holiday season when the hustle and bustle of shopping for friends and family limit our time. A nice gift to squirrel away for someone special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2002
Short story that leaves you feeling a little better about this world!! Karen Kingsbury is a wonderful writer - I highly recommend any of her other books as well!!
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on December 2, 2014
"Gideon's Gift" by Karen Kingsbury knows how to get a reader into the Christmas spirit. "Gideon's Gift" isn't just about one person's story, it is about two people. The first is about Earl Badgett. Earl lost his wife and daughter and his reason for life. Earl has given up all hope and faith in God. Through Gideon Mercer, an 8 year old girl with Leukemia, Earl is able to discover all of this again. Gideon wants a special gift this Christmas. All she hopes for is a miracle but the unique thing about Gideon is she doesn't want a miracle for herself, she wants a miracle to happen to someone else. She wants to make someone else have a better Christmas.

This story is very touching and I think it is a great start to getting into the spirit of Christmas this year. Everyone could use a little Christmas spirit and a miracle this year. I think this story shows what God can really do in your life.
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