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By Kathi Macias
Homeless and widowed, all that remains of Josie Meyer's happily married life is her children, Suzanna and Jacob. When her urchins befriend a homeless Vietnam Veteran, Rick, at a free Thanksgiving dinner given by a shelter, unexpected consequences and blessings result. Subsequent friendships developed through a church provide Josie some short lived solace until another widow, Karen, who was also a shelter worker, allows Josie the dignity of choice she desires while continuing to act supportively.
Set against the dripping backdrop of the Northwest, where usually rainy winters depress those snugly settled within comfortable homes but are brutal on the homeless, Kathi takes us on a journey of discovery as experienced through the eyes of Josie and her children. We walk in their shoes through the puddled streets, feel their hunger pangs, and suffer vicariously as they battle illness, loneliness, and loss. We empathize with Rick and come to love him for his self-sacrificial nature as much as we love Josie's children for their innocence, trust and faith. We identify with Josie's struggle to reconcile a God of love with circumstances that overwhelm. We rejoice at the successful efforts of well-meaning people to help these homeless people, but also empathize with their failures.
In "Unexpected Christmas Hero" Kathi Macias crafted a poignant tale of loss, grief and homelessness, spiced with Christian hope, faith and unselfish agape-love. A definite must read for this Christmas season, I heartily recommend this heartwarming story.
I purchased this book in the Kindle Edition and read it using my Kindle for PC. Unfortunately the version I read contains typographical errors which are apparently the result of a program glitch. Thus I suggest you try paperback or Nook or one of the other Kindle versions because the story itself is well worth it.
The story begins with Josie Meyers and her children waiting in line for a free Thanksgiving meal. Seven-year-old Jacob and five-year-old Susanna brave the situation better than their mother. She is angry. Angry at her husband for putting her in this situation and angry at God for not getting her out. At the shelter providing the free meal, they meet another street person. Rick is a Vietnam War veteran. The kids take to him and he to them. He is also a veteran of the streets and teaches Josie ways to get by.
A former babysitter spots Josie and her children in the library. When she learns they are homeless, she takes them to her house where her family lets them stay until their landlord finds out and makes them leave.
Karen, a friend of the family that took them in helps also. But, Josie is reluctant to stay with anyone on a temporary basis since the children find it too hard to leave when the time comes. Instead, she finds space in shelters or cheap hotels.
This is a wonderful story, with several interesting twists and turns you will enjoy. Even though Christmas is in the title, this is a book you can read all year long.
Josie and her son and daughter find themselves homeless after her husband dies, having lost his job and all that they have taken for granted! Rick is old man, with no family of his own, who suffers from PTSD after serving in Vietnam. Josie's family and Rick meet while seeking shelter one night. Their friendship develops with much guidance from The Lord.
The tone of this book seems very much like The little Match Girl story, but with a much more hopeful aspect involving God's people, prayer, and the promise that God looks out for His people even when all seems lost.
I enjoyed this book very much. It gave me a much different feel for the 'joys' of Christmas. It was very faith affirming!