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The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A Woman's Day Book Club Pick
"The book's simple prose and profound message will fill even the Grinch-iest hearts with Christmas spirit while affirming the age-old adage, it really is the thought that counts." --USA Today
"A funny, knockout-moving new memoir...Read it, share it, pay it forward." --The Good Life
"[A] touching true story." --Women's Day
"A feel-good story guaranteed to move you." --Good Housekeeping
"Inspiring readers throughout the country and around the world this holiday season." --The Dayton Daily News
“THE 13TH GIFT is the kind of Christmas book whose message is much bigger than the holiday. This memoir is written from the heart and for the heart.” --Jason Wright, New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Jars
“I loved The 13th Gift—a truly heartfelt and intelligent book. Joanne Smith deftly reconciles the difficult terrain that ranges between the Christmas we all want and the tragedies of life that sooner or later beset us all. Highly recommend it to all, but particularly to those that are dealing with recent losses and don’t’ know how or if they will ever find their way back.” –Greg Kincaid, author of the bestselling Christmas with Tucker and A Christmas Home
"The beautiful story told in The 13th Gift reinforces how the most precious gifts at Christmas are when people give unconditional love and support and it proves how compassion and a kind heart can change lives. Acts of kindness can create a legacy that lives on from generation to generation." --Laura Schroff, New York Times bestselling author, An Invisible Thread
“If there ever was a roller-coasterish page-turner of a Christmas book, this would be it. As a veteran devourer of Christmas stories short and long, fictional and true, I mistakenly assumed I'd encountered every conceivable plot variant in the genre. Turns out I was dead-wrong. Joanne Hurst Smith's wondrous story hit me from so many directions, playing on the strings of so many emotions, that it left me limp at the end Quite simply, it is a masterpiece.” --Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D., author of the bestselling Christmas in My Heart® series
"The 13th Gift has a touch of magic in it. It's a lovely story that proves we can recover from any loss, strengthened by the blessings of others. It's a classic for the Christmas season--and all seasons." --Glenn Plaskin, author of Katie Up And Down The Hall: The True Story Of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors Into A Family
"For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Greg Kincaid comes The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas memoir about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family's history into a time of strength and love." --Book Reporter.com
About the Author
Joanne Huist Smith is a native of Dayton, OH. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Wright State University and worked as a reporter for the Dayton Daily News. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two.
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Then one day a poinsettia arrives on their doorstep with a card. The card has a lovely drawing a cute reference to the twelve days of Christmas. Megan is excited, but everyone else is not pleased. But on each successive night the family finds another gift on their doorstep. These gifts change the family and their perception of Christmas.
The 13th Gift is such a lovely book. The gifts (which were not expensive) got the family together, helped them remember good times (past Christmas’ with their Father), and got the family into the spirit of Christmas. Some kind people made a huge difference to this family. The givers kindness and compassion made a huge difference in their lives. This is a wonderful and inspirational book. Happy Reading!
Then suddenly little gifts arrive on their doorstep for each of the 12 days of Christmas, and slowly, the family finds some joy in looking forward to the gifts and trying to discover who is doing this. Each is drawn into action to bring about a little Christmas in their home, re-inventing a "new reality" and remembering their Dad and precious memories. The story is retold realistically about the pain, but also with love and a bit of humor. The 13th gift is the discovery that gifts of kindness ... big or small... can brighten someone else's situation; out of one's own pain came an understanding of the joy in giving and helping another. It is a tradition that the family decides to carry on... we can all be "Santa" to someone. It doesn't have to be just at Christmas, but to anyone in time of need.
Grieving woman, she had more energy than me on a good day preparing for Xmas. However , I did get caught up in the story and then remembered it was based on a true story. I ended up in tears at the end, its about truly loving kind and generous people. A Christmas story for everyone.
I disagree with the person who said he was irritated with the mother for not pulling it together for her kids. I think the author was wonderfully honest about her feelings. A new widow with three children to take care of... I think she handled it the best she could.
I don't know if I understand how a Secret Santa could make such a difference, though. All that matters is that it did, and it's nice to know there are still good people out there.
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She loved every page of this book a great read!!