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One Holy Night [Kindle Edition]

J. M. Hochstetler
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Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year. It’s 1967, and the Vietnam War is tearing the country apart, slicing through generations and shattering families. Because of Japanese atrocities he witnessed as a Marine in the South Pacific during WWII, Frank McRae despises all Asians. Now his son, Mike, is a grunt in Viet Nam, and his wife, Maggie, is fighting her own battle against cancer. When Mike falls in love with Thi Nhuong, a young Buddhist woman, and marries her in spite of his father’s objections, Frank disowns him. Then, as Christmas approaches, Frank’s world is torn apart, and he turns bitter, closing his heart to God and to his family.

But what Frank doesn’t know is that on this bleak Christmas Eve, God has in mind a miracle. As on that holy night so long ago, a baby will be born and laid in a manger—a baby who will bring forgiveness, peace, and healing to a family that has suffered heart-wrenching loss.

“J. M. Hochstetler dug deep into the well of emotions and came up with a story that strikes the heartstrings in a tender and yet also provocative manner. The characters are so well drawn, they’ve stayed in my mind long after reading the book, almost as if they were real people that I’ve known for a long time. Being the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, I also appreciated Hochstetler’s gentle handling of one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history. And even though it’s set during the Vietnam era, there are lessons to be learned and truths to be taken away from this beautifully crafted story for today. Highly recommended.” —Kaye Dacus, author of Follow the Heart

"Amazingly, Hochstetler tackles several big issues--love, loyalty, war and death--while maintaining a positive thesis. Family can survive. Human love is grander in weakness than in strength. And faith is, by necessity, stronger in tragedy than in triumph. One Holy Night is a soon-to-be-classic miracle story with an inspirational message that will warm your heart with love. It is a wonderful statement of faith and a gift of hope. —Kathy Harris, author of The Road to Mercy

"Within its pages you will discover the most beautiful modern-day essence of Christ’s nativity, mercy, and grace you’ve read in a very long while! As the story unfolds its final scenes, the reader is left with renewed hope in God’s sovereign design for each of our lives and His miraculous ability to bring good out of even the darkest circumstances." —Kim Ford, Window to My World Blog


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"One Holy Night by J.M. Hochstetler is a powerful novel of anger and redemption. The McRae family is facing serious crises in 1966. Frank and Maggie are facing the deployment of their son Mike to Vietnam while Maggie is fighting ovarian cancer. The events of the next thirteen months will leave them all changed forever, including their daughter Julie and her husband Dan. Hochstetler unflinchingly portrays the anger of bigotry and its effects through Frank. His words are difficult to read, but the author uses them to at first define and then eventually redeem the character. One Holy Night contains a miracle that can change even the hardest of hearts. I was impressed at how Hochstetler let her characters talk about their faith to unbelievers without proselytizing. It's a perfect novel for Christmas with a story full of hope and love." --Christy Lockstein, Christy’s Book Blog

"Within these pages you will discover the most beautiful modern-day essence of Christ’s nativity, mercy, and grace you’ve read in a very long while. Set amid the turmoil of the Viet Nam War, the McRae family’s story is one riddled with difficult situations and trials that rock the foundation of their faith. Frank is particularly torn as his son leaves for a war he doesn’t believe in, and his wife Maggie must engage in a fight for her very life against an unseen enemy. Frank is still battling his own nightmares from his time fighting in the Pacific during WWII. The battle rages around Frank on every front. Will God equip him for the battle or allow him to be destroyed on the battlefield? The final battle is waged in Frank’s heart and mind during a Christmas Eve blizzard. The decision he makes that night determines life or death for two innocent people. As the story unfolds its final scenes, the reader is left with renewed hope in God’s sovereign design for each of our lives and His miraculous ability to bring good out of even the darkest circumstances. One Holy Night was my introduction to J. M. Hochstetler’s work, and I have to tell you it was really terrific! She richly captures the turmoil surrounding the lives of those affected by the Viet Nam War, and the many emotional conflicts that raged on as a result. I look forward to reading her other books, and I highly recommend this one to you!" --Kim Ford, Window to My World blog

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“J. M. Hochstetler makes another mark on Christian fiction with One Holy Night, a moving and inspirational tale of family, love, war, prejudice, and heart-wrenching loss. Though I’m not usually interested in stories set during the Vietnam war, I quickly became caught up in the lives of Hochstetler’s characters and felt their joy, pain, and struggle to either hold tight to their faith or open their heart to God. Warning: The deeper you journey into this painfully honest tale, the more you’ll need a ginormous box of tissues close by. Very recommended!” —Tamara Leigh, bestselling author of The Redeeming

“J. M. Hochstetler dug deep into the well of emotions and came up with a story that strikes the heartstrings in a tender and yet also provocative manner. The characters are so well drawn, they’ve stayed in my mind long after reading the book, almost as if they were real people that I’ve known for a long time. Being the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, I also appreciated Hochstetler’s gentle handling of one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history. And even though it’s set during the Vietnam era, there are lessons to be learned and truths to be taken away from this beautifully crafted story for today. Highly recommended.” —Kaye Dacus, author of Follow the Heart
 
“Since savoring the last page of J. M. Hochstetler’s story, I have found myself revisiting the characters regularly as if they were members of my own family. The rich characterization and lush description place the reader comfortably in the midst of the story setting: the heartland of America near the end of the Vietnam War. Any reader who can’t relate to this turbulent era in U.S. history will grow in understanding, and those who lived during that time will be reminded of the division it created. Amazingly, Hochstetler tackles several big issues—love, loyalty, war and death—while maintaining a positive thesis. Family can survive. Human love is grander in weakness than in strength. And faith is, by necessity, stronger in tragedy than in triumph. One Holy Night is a soon-to-be-classic ‘miracle story’ with an inspirational message that will warm your heart with love. It is a wonderful statement of faith and a gift of hope.” —Kathy Harris, author of The Road to Mercy

“One Holy Night is powerful yet gentle in both its method and message. Set in the 1960s amidst the divisiveness of an unpopular war, a family’s very faith and foundations are tested as memories and cultures collide. Hochstetler’s “lighting the past . . . and leading you home” signature couldn’t be more appropriate than in this sacred tale of hope rising sweetly from the ashes of sorrow. . . .” —Kathi Macias, author of Last Chance for Justice

“Author J. M. Hochstetler has crafted a story that will drive us to tears but also lift our spirits at the same time. It is a ‘family’ story that all readers can enjoy and one to which they can relate in some way. Each person described in the story comes alive and takes his/her place in the order of things. The author even brings in side characters to flesh out the story and she does it with inventiveness and skill.” —Jackie Cooper, author of Back to the Garden: The Goal of the Journey
 
“Provocative and insightful, One Holy Night shows in rich detail how God can use the most trying circumstances to bring people around until they see how much they need each other, and need Him. This life-changing story will move you to tears as you experience the humility of a young Vietnamese woman, her husband’s desire to see his father heal, and the trials that bring them together in one desperate attempt to save another’s life.” —Michelle Sutton, author of Somebody Love Me
 
“Author J. M. Hochstetler depicts a family in crisis during the Vietnam years. Tenderly written and poignant, One Holy Night is relevant to our lives today. The ending moved me to tears.” —Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, author of A Crown in the Stars

“Within [these] pages you will discover the most beautiful modern-day essence of Christ’s nativity, mercy, and grace you’ve read in a very long while. . . . As the story unfolds its final scenes, the reader is left with renewed hope in God’s sovereign design for each of our lives and His miraculous ability to bring good out of even the darkest circumstances. [Hochstetler] richly captures the turmoil surrounding the lives of those affected by the Viet Nam War, and the many emotional conflicts that raged on as a result of that war.” —Kim Ford, Window to My World blog
 
One Holy Night contains a miracle that can change even the hardest of hearts. I was impressed at how Hochstetler let her characters talk about their faith to unbelievers without proselytizing. It's a perfect novel for Christmas with a story full of hope and love.” —Christy Lockstein, Christy’s Book Blog

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  • File Size: 1406 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Sheaf House Publishers; 2 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BWP57S
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story April 26, 2008
Format:Paperback
One Holy Night offers a poignant look into the lives of one family touched by war and loss. The McRae's are a real-to-life family, struggling to cope with the range of emotions and experiences that humans encounter. While Maggie (mother) battles cancer, Mike (son) fights for his life in Vietnam. While Dan and Julie (daughter) teach their parishioners and community to love through their ministry and example, Frank (father) struggles with deep-seated bitterness and hate that threatens to tear them all apart.

Each member of the family has his or her personal demons to face, while working to relate to the family as a whole. The plotlines combine to create a touching story with characters that you will feel like you know.

Be prepared with tissues. You will need them as you follow their stories through to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Hochstetler April 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
The debut release from Sheaf House, Hochstetler does not disappoint with this heartrending tale of loss and new life. Frank McRae has lived for decades with a deep-seated hatred and prejudice against Asians due to the things he witnessed -as well as the loss of his brother - while fighting in WWII. He had no interest in God despite his wife's prayers for countless years. But the loss of his wife and son, and the discovery of his half Asian grandson, will shake his world, and bring him from complete hatred and despair to a new life and hope in Christ. I can't wait to see what comes next from Ms. Hochstetler!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soon to be classic April 3, 2008
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One Holy Night is a stunning first release from Sheaf House, a new boutique publisher based in Tennessee. One of the best things about this book is its reader friendly design. The font size and legibility, along with premium paper, contribute to easy reading, even in low light. Kudos to the design team at Sheaf House!

Since savoring the last page of J.M. Hochstetler's story, I have found myself revisiting the characters regularly as if they were members of my own family. The rich characterization and lush description place the reader comfortably in the midst of the story setting: the heartland of America near the end of the Vietnam War. Any reader who can't relate to this turbulent era in U.S. history will grow in understanding, and those who lived during that time will be reminded of the division it created.

Amazingly, Hochstetler tackles several big issues--love, loyalty, war and death--while maintaining a positive thesis. Family can survive. Human love is grander in weakness than in strength. And faith is, by necessity, stronger in tragedy than in triumph.

One Holy Night is a soon-to-be-classic "miracle story" with an inspirational message that will warm your heart with love. It is a wonderful statement of faith and a gift of hope.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story - timeless April 5, 2008
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One Holy Night is a story of true forgiveness, but not easy forgiveness. Frank McRae's losses span over 20 years and go so deep that he will probably never change and he doesn't want to change. His family won't give up hope though, and they continue to pray for this devoted husband and family man. What they need is a miracle, a true miracle of the heart. Set in the Vietnam War era, One Holy Night takes you back to the real story, not the protests or the politics, but the story of a family with a son and brother on tour of duty in Nam. J.M. Hochstetler weaves a captivating and often heart-wrenching story that is well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Not only did this book give me a thoughtful glimpse into a time of struggle for our country, it gave me the gifts of laughter and tears. You can't read One Holy Night and not examine your own life. It compels the reader to think about honor, family and forgiveness. Don't we all need a reason to think on those things? This is a great book-I have already recommended it to many family and friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Honest Journey of Faith April 2, 2008
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J.M. Hochstetler makes another mark on Christian fiction with ONE HOLY NIGHT, a moving and inspirational tale of family, love, war, prejudice, and heartwrenching loss. Though I'm not usually interested in stories set during the Vietnam war, I quickly became caught up in the lives of Hochstetler's characters and felt their joy, pain, and struggle to either hold tight to their faith or open their heart to God. Warning: The deeper you journey into this painfully honest tale, the more you'll need a ginormous box of tissues close by. Very recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! Sure to be a classic! April 4, 2008
Format:Paperback
Provocative and insightful, One Holy Night shows in rich detail how God can use the most trying circumstances to bring people around until they see how much they need each other, and need Him. This life-changing story will move you to tears as you experience the humility of a young Vietnamese woman, her husband's desire to see his father heal, and the trials that bring them together in one desperate attempt to save another's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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One Holy Night by J.M. Hochstetler is a powerful novel of anger and redemption. The McRae family is facing serious crises in 1966. Frank and Maggie are facing the deployment of their son Mike to Vietnam while Maggie is fighting ovarian cancer. The events of the next thirteen months will leave them all changed forever, including their daughter Julie and her husband Dan. Mike is uncertain about the war, as well as his faith, but enlisting seemed the right thing to do, especially to please his WWII vet father. Frank is harboring bitter feelings toward anyone of Asian decent after what he saw during his war years and that soon spills into his relationship with his son when Mike falls in love with a Vietnamese girl. Hochstetler unflinchingly portrays the anger of bigotry and its effects through Frank. His words are difficult to read, but the author uses them to at first define and then eventually redeem the character. One Holy Night contains a miracle that can change even the hardest of hearts. I was impressed at how Hochstetler let her characters talk about their faith to unbelievers without proselytizing. It's a perfect novel for Christmas with a story full of hope and love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read...
SUMMARY:
Frank McRae, still haunted by his experiences during WWII, faces events in his life which bring out bitterness in him. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Savurbks
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching
One Holy Night is about a family during the 1967 Vietman War era. Frank McRae witnesses horrible things in the South Pacific during World War II and becomes to dislike all Asians. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amy C
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangers in the Night
Frank is very sure he has all the answers to fix anything he considers broken or wrong. Maggie's cancer will be cured because he "knows" what will fix her. Read more
Published 15 months ago by H Orbits
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ...and not just for christians
A MUST READ>>>this is a christian book that is really walking the walk and relates to the Word and all of our lives in one way or another!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by scoops
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
One of the best books I've read in a long time! I smiled, I cried and felt pain. I read it during the holiday season, which reminded me of the reason for the season.
Published 15 months ago by Geo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great message
The message of the book is great. But, for some reason I had a hard time picking it up, and finishing it.
Published 16 months ago by Faiths Pics
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All - One Holy Night!
This is one book you don't want to miss. The emotional ride that this author takes you through is one you won't soon forget. Read more
Published 17 months ago by (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi
4.0 out of 5 stars One Holy Night
Bigotry. Abandonment. Fighting a cancer battle. Divorce. Betrayal. Unforgiveness. Bargaining with God. What type of ground is the "bargain-hunter's" faith built on? Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by For What It's Worth...
5.0 out of 5 stars One Holy Night pulls you into the story. Sometimes kicking and...
Sometimes I got so aggravated with Frank I wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake him. "Can't you see what you're doing to Maggie? Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Lynne W. Walding
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of faith, hope and love
Enthralling. This is the one word that pops instantly to mind when I think back on the story of One Holy Night. Read more
Published on November 25, 2009 by A. Pohren
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I was born and reared in central Indiana, the daughter of Mennonite farmers. The Hochstetler family is well known for the massacre and Indian captivity of several of my ancestors during the French and Indian War, which is the subject of my newest release, Northkill, written with Bob Hostetler. You will find a brief summary of their story on my Web site and Northkill blog. Amish Mennonites, they came to this country in 1738 seeking religious freedom. In 1757 their home was attacked by a band of Indians. The mother and two children were killed, while the father, Jacob, and two of his sons were carried off into captivity. Jacob managed to escape after seven months, and some months after after the war ended in 1763, the two sons were returned as a condition of the peace treaty. Their story is truly inspiring.

A graduate of Indiana University, I am also a professional editor and a historian. I was an editor with Abingdon Press for many years and am currently the publisher and editorial director of Sheaf House Publishers. I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. I live with my husband in Elkhart, Indiana.

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