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Home for Christmas Paperback – November 9, 2010
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“This book should be in every bedside table and in every soldier's pack--a transcendent tale to rank with A Christmas Carol.” ―David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author
“Few writers have what it takes to make God a character in fiction, but Andrew Greeley pulls it off with charm and élan in this delightful love story.” ―Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author
“Warm-hearted, but clear-sighted about the human condition, Home for Christmas is a lovely book. These are characters you will carry with you.” ―Barbara D'Amato
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In his new novel Father Greeley gives us an unforgettable love story of two remarkable characters who from childhood have been loved and in love with each other. He also takes us on an incredible journey of our hero Peter Patrick Kane from his near fatal injury while serving in Iraq. This is a tale full of whimsy, full of wit and full of faith. Faith in not only God but in the power of love. His characters are unforgettable and so intimately detailed that you can't believe the whole novel only consists of 192 pages. Quite a feat and yet knowing our prolific author not a surprise. From his uncomplicated yet complex Peter to his enigmatic heroine Mariana to his varied and many supporting cast which includes one of his most beloved characters from other novels Bishop Blackie. His storyline is fresh and unique and yet it's as old as time itself. His dialogue is descriptive and fills your minds with the pictures conjured by his words. It's full of color and light and just enough blarney and fey to make it uniquely his own. The love story is sweet and heart wrenching and often times brings you to tears and not always tears of joy. Father Andrew Greeley is or should be considered on of the greatest living authors of our time, in my humble opinion. In his ageless wisdom he has brought us countless tales of love, of crisis, of human frailty, but mostly of humanity at it's best.Read more ›
Although the novel lacks some of the detailed character development we love in Greeley, it makes for a good story in anticipation of the greatest story we know, the Christmas gift of God to us all.
Four themes evolve in "Home for Christmas." The first tells a romantic love story. For a celibate priest, Andrew Greeley has a knack for writing about romance. In this novel, Greeley brilliantly captures the feeling of an adult male approaching the woman of his dreams. Like many of us, the man loves his chosen woman, but is terrified of her. He becomes indecisive, clumsy, afraid, and speechless. The woman, is hesitant, nervous, and reticent to become the aggressor without a clear indication on his part. This loving man and woman provide a fascinating story.
Pete, a junior military officer serving in Iraq, is very brave and cares deeply for the people under his command. Protecting his soldiers and his competent leadership of his unit leads to his death by a suicide bomber. Mariana, Pete's childhood sweetheart, patiently waits during his three deployments. Meanwhile she becomes an effective attorney.
Near death experiences encompasses the second theme. The novel claims that such events are personal. A near death experience does not prove or disprove anything, but those who experience it know the reality for themselves. Greeley's account of this experience is gentle but life changing for those involved. Pete returns to life with clearly modified attitudes.Read more ›
It was a story of Love Faith and Loyalty.
Petey Kane and Pia met in 2nd grade. It is a story of how their lives changed at their senior prom and how Petey was changed while in Iraq. It is a story that you do not want to miss!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this small book but it was not my favorite Greeley. It was worth reading and proves that I will miss his books so much.Published 5 months ago by Anne W. Booth
Greeley always writes an incredible story of the conviction of hope in the absence of visual proof. Faith is the basis for each of his novels of human frailty.Published 5 months ago by Nannygoat
Father Greeley sharing the love of God the way he did best. Read this all the way through i one evening.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
A typically wonderful Greeley book: humor, pathos, love and sound theology. I will miss his writing in the years to come!Published 24 months ago by Robert D. Thomas
This is the second of Greeley's Christmas stories, with lots of action and character interplay. I read this one every Christmas along with Star Bright and recommend it for all... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by John Gebhart
Home for Christmas is a great read. Fr. Greeley catches the spirit of the season as well as the human condition.Published on July 5, 2013 by Reader
This is a lovely short book to read and re-read. The main character has a lovely interlude in heaven when he is "killed" on the battle field. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Rosalie Grams