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The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope Series #2) Hardcover – October 28, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (October 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591451310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312322939
  • ASIN: 0312322933
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Van Liere's sequel to the bestselling The Christmas Shoes catches up with Nathan Andrews (the eight-year-old who bought sequined shoes for his dying mother's walk into heaven) in his third year of medical school. Doubting his ability as a doctor and still bitter about his mother's death on Christmas Day years before, Nathan falls for Meghan Sullivan, a young woman in his cardiology rotation who may be suffering from a terminal heart defect. As she languishes, she renews Nathan's faltering faith and sense of purpose in life. He learns again through love the wisdom his mother shared before dying: "each of us is destined for something, a purpose that often seems muddy"; and even when life brings more pain than it should, in the end there is always joy. Van Liere's warm prose transforms what would otherwise be a cliched tearjerker of a Christmas miracle into a cozy, inspirational holiday tale.
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"Warm and sincere ... Readers will need a whole box of tissues for this one."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"The plot's resolution will lift the reader's spirits to a new level."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
 
"Enough sentimentality to bring me to tears and strong characters I could visualize.... a perfect holiday gift to give or get."
--Book Reporter

More About the Author

Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna's non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

Donna is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women's and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

Donna's latest book, The Christmas Journey (October 2010) is a retelling of the story of the Nativity told through Donna's signature voice and accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered watercolor illustrations throughout. The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.

Look for her brand new novel entitled "The Christmas Note this fall (2011).

Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.

Learn more at www.DonnaVanLiere.com

Customer Reviews

I cried through the book and want to give this book to everyone I know.
longtime Amazon Customer
This is a Christmas book that can be read any time of the year and left on the shelf to read again or share with a friend.
C. Yates
This book will remind you to be thankful to our Creator for each day we have and all His blessings to us.
Cindy Cassady

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We met young Nathan Andrews in THE CHRISTMAS SHOES, where he met a kind man named Robert Layton, who gave him the money that he needed to buy his dying Mother a pair of sparkly shoes, so she would look nice when she went to Heaven. Now, years later, Nathan has grown up, and is now a third year medical student, having doubts about his future career. He realizes that he still has a lot to learn about blessings, sacrifice, and faith, and when he meets Meghan Sullivan, a track star born with a hole in her heart, he knows that she will be the one to teach him those things. He also knows that he will learn lessons from Meghan's young friend, Charlie, who is wise beyond his years, and also a heart patient. Between the two of them, they will help Nathan to overcome one of the most difficult times in his life.
As sequels are not always as good as the first in a series, I had doubts about buying this book. But now, I couldn't be happier that I purchased it. THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING is just as good, if not better, than THE CHRISTMAS SHOES. VanLiere has made Nathan a kind, and intelligent young man, and Meghan is a fantastic young woman filled with hope and love, who is reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks' Jamie Sullivan (of A WALK TO REMEMBER). Charlie is a young boy, who's illness has forced him to grow up much too fast, but who keeps his head up, and a smile on his face. Fans of VanLiere's last novel THE CHRISTMAS SHOES, or Nicholas Sparks' A WALK TO REMEMBER, will cherish THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING forever, and pass it down from generation to generation. A must-have book for the holiday season, or any other time of the year.
Erika Sorocco
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amazon3131 on December 2, 2004
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Were you left panting at the end of "The Christmas Shoes" to know more about the 23-year-old medical student Robert Layton met on an icy Christmas Day at the cemetery?

Well... this book is for you.

"The Christmas Blessing" is the sequel to VanLiere's "The Christmas Shoes," and it's a better book overall. The characters are less stereotyped, the plot is somewhat less predictable, and the preachy passages have been toned down. Like the first book, it's also a tear-jerker, so keep the tissues handy.

In this book, we see the eight-year-old, sequin-shoe-buying boy after fifteen years have passed. He is now a medical student coping with life, death, and insecurities on rotation as a medical student in the hospital.

It is not necessary to have read "The Christmas Shoes" to read this book, although I imagine that most readers will take the books in order.

This book is recommended for anyone who enjoyed "The Christmas Shoes," enjoys sappy, romantic stories, or the miraculous nature of everyday family love. It might also be appropriate for students and others who are struggling with whether or not they have made the right choices.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Charles Wimer III on February 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Donna VanLiere has written another masterpiece. The sequel to The Christmas Shoes certainly exceeded my expectations. Mrs. VanLiere continues the daily saga of Nathan Andrews -- a young man looking for his place in the world. What the reader finds in The Christmas Blessing is an easy to read page-turner with great characters. The story line is simple (but not insulting) and easy to follow. Mrs. VanLiere has been truly blessed with creativity and her ability to bring a things together and produce a superior novel. My only question to Mrs. VanLiere: When is your next novel???????
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Haight on November 15, 2004
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I just read The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing. I have read LOTS of books, but these two really top all lists. EVERYONE should read them, even though I had a good cry all the way through. (My husband just died this past February)

The cover says "Christmas Hope series"--are there others to follow?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Milostarr on October 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book captured my attention from the first paragraph and held it until the very end. Not only are we brought up-to-date with Nathan's life, we are introduced to many more incredibly courageous people who continue to teach us that there is a bigger plan in life than what we are able to imagine. The author has written this book in such a way that you feel as if you personally know each character and are a part of their lives. Ms. VanLiere has a gift with words and will take the reader through the hills and valleys of the lives of Nathan, his family and friends and will leave you with joy in your heart, a smile on your lips, and hopefully the knowledge that you can achieve your dreams. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By longtime Amazon Customer on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Donna VanLiere helps you feel again the magic of Christmas and opens your eyes to the gift of Christmas. I cried through the book and want to give this book to everyone I know. For the ones in my family who know the real "reason for the season" and for those who don't to get a glimpse of what Christmas IS.

Loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marie Perrin on January 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Last year, I purchased the book "The Christmas Shoes" and enjoyed it very much. In fact, I read it again this year and it was still just as touching as the first time. When I saw the sequel sitting on a shelf at the bookstore, I eagerly scooped it up and rushed home to read. I thought that I knew exactly what was going to happen as soon as Meghan's sickness was mentioned, but in the end the story was unpredictable. I enjoyed the different scenery and characters that were in this book. I would definately suggest that you read "The Christmas Blessing".
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