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Product Details

  • Series: Angel
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: DH Audio; Unabridged edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552041948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552041949
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Bestselling author Debbie Macomber's Shirley, Goodness and Mercy follows a few weeks in the life of capitalist slime-ball Greg Bennett as he hits rock bottom. When Greg's desperate prayers for guidance reach heaven, angels Shirley, Goodness, and (you guessed it) Mercy are given the less-than-ideal assignment of aiding him on the path to redemption. With Greg's history of abandoning his pregnant girlfriend, betraying his brother and business partner, and ignoring his dying mother, the angels have their work cut out for them. Like Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather of Sleeping Beauty fame, these winged women flit about with as much success as silliness, but the novel pulls off a feel-good spirit that befits the Christmas season. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Facing financial ruin and forced to reassess his totally self-centered, wasted life, 60-year-old vintner Greg Bennett wanders into a San Francisco church and, uncharacteristically overwhelmed by his failures, asks for forgiveness. What he gets is Archangel Gabriel's impulsive, wacky trio of angelic prayer ambassadors, who manage to help him atone for the past and put his life back togetherAall in time for Christmas. Borrowing heavily from the parable of the Prodigal SonAthere's even a resentful "other son"AMacomber produces a story that is both emotionally touching and lightly sprinkled with humor. In a timely but uncommon move, she uses a hero who is somewhat older than the norm. Despite its brevity, obvious heavenly "coincidences," and not always admirable hero, this novella has all the charm of Touched by an Angel and will please readers who have been patiently waiting for another of Macomber's "holiday angel" books and should appeal to fans of inspirational romance fans as well. Macomber (Promise Texas, Mira: Harlequin, 1999) is a best-selling author of sweet, contemporary romances and lives in Port Orchard, WA.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October).

In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision's international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Powell on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Shirley, Goodness & Mercy are back! They are ready, willing and able to help. Yes, they are still driving Gabriel up the wall. Like all other Macomber books I have read, this book is definitely a good read. My first experience with Shirley, Goodness & Mercy, was in A SEASON OF ANGELS, and I have enjoyed reading about them ever since. As always, they were funny, spontaneous and down to earth. Using their special magic, they turn everything around and touch your heart. Of course, the recipients of their help, never saw it coming!
The only draw back for me (an AVID reader) was that the book was not LONG ENOUGH! Debbie Macomber is one author I could read all day!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. Spengler-Jaffee on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's the holiday season, but life certainly isn't a winter wonderland for cold-hearted Greg Bennett ... until three well-meaning (and slightly trouble-prone) angels step in to give this modern-day Scrooge a second chance at happiness.
SHIRLEY, GOODNESS and MERCY, the new, gift-sized hardcover from bestselling author Debbie Macomber, is a heartwarming modern-day fable of forgiveness, redemption and second chances.
Greg Bennett chose his solitary path a long time ago. As a young man, faced with the responsibility of an unplanned child, he fled from commitment, walking away from the love of his life. Later, when his business, a winery in California, is just starting to take off, Greg turned his back on a friend in need. And, on the day his own seriously ill mother was admitted to the hospital, Greg decided not to postpone the court appearance that would end his second marriage, and he arrived at the hospital too late to say goodbye.
Now, his third marriage is in shambles and his business is on the verge of ruin - and he's praying for a miracle.
Although Greg's transgressions are almost too many to count, the Archangel Gabriel couldn't help but notice the desperate plea for help from this lost soul. Something in Greg Bennett had cried out to heaven, lamenting his empty life. Who could Gabriel send to Earth to convince the man to turn a new leaf? For a task this difficult, there could only be one option: Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.
The assignment was tough, this delightful trio of guardian angels agreed. Greg needed to make amends with the woman he left behind, gain the forgiveness of his best friend, reconcile with his brother, and save a life to replace the one lost due to his selfishness.
On Christmas Eve, Greg Bennett will have the opportunity to redeem his soul and discover that he is worthy of a second chance ... if he can learn to accept that he, too, has a role in making miracles happen.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jau@tsixroads.com on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Three inept angles find their latest project to be a man much disliked. When he finds himself on the bottom, about to lose everything, he asks for help but does not really believe he will get it. Shirley, Goodness, & Mercy find a warm, and satisfactory way to help him. I liked this book because it reminds me that everyone needs a little kindness and we often find it in unusual places. There are both tears and chuckles in this book. It is short, sweet, and a wonderful read aloud book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Duncan on December 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book for a friend and later read it myself. I laughed out loud and cried a few times too. Having a Phil and Greg situation in my own family-the story really touched a cord. You know the destination but the journey is fun anyway. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are my kind of angels!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bonnieblu" on December 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I truely enjoyed this wonderful Christmas Story. Shirley,
Goodness and Mercy are up to their devine enterventions.
I read this book in one day. It really gets you into the
true spirit of Christmas. Greg Bennett really finds out
how important it is to do the right thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bjhart2003" on March 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The antics of the angels kept me laughing through the whole book. I was so impressed I ordered the entire series. I look forward to the further adventures of these unique angels.
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By Karen Zemek on December 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this cute Christmas miracle story about a lonely 60-yr.-old man who felt he had wasted his life with major screw ups along the way. Christmas time annoys him and he feels like he's hit bottom, but happens to go inside a church and his "prayer" reaches heaven. Three angels are assigned his case and with their help, he turns his life around and people he's hurt greatly in the past forgive him. If you like happy endings and a light fun read, this is a book for you.
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Debbie Macomber has out done herself with all of her book about Shirly, Goodness and Mercy. If you have not read one of them you are in for a treat when you read this. The Christmas angels are so very sweet and unaware how things work down here in earth that they often get into some trouble but in the end they come out with flying colors. It is a warm hearted Christmas story that can be read all year round.
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