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In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there areIn The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all....

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ISBN : 9780312322939
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Number of Pages : 212 Pages
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The Christmas Blessing Reviews

  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    2019-02-23 20:02

    The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere is a first read win. This is my honest opinion. This is a cute read and another tear jerker. This book is a continuation of The Christmas Shoe with about 10 years later. It's the story of Nathan. He's now a med student at a hospital about an hour away from home. Nathan has a certain way with his patients, especially the children. He meets Charlie a little boy with a bad heart. Eventually he meets Meghan who turns out to be the love of his life. Meghan is a long distance runner. When she ends up in the hospital, the miracle between Meghan, Nathan and Charlie works its magic. This is a first reads win and I have given my honest opinion.

  • Camilla
    2019-03-08 21:25

    3.5 stars. // Bok #1 in #CramaThon2015.(Read an Audiobook or Ebook.)

  • Sandra Bašić
    2019-03-24 15:15

    Those stories remind me that's always the Light out of the tunnel and the Hope at the bottom of the box. Nice, warm, sad but hopeful sequel of Christmas Shoes!

  • Mom2triplets04
    2019-02-23 13:11

    This book is the 2nd book in the Christmas Hope series. It is told by Nathan (the boy who gave the Christmas shoes to his mom in the first book), however, fast forward many years to when he's in college and studying to become a doctor. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book. No tears were shed in this one but still it was heartbreaking and touching story.

  • Carolina
    2019-02-26 20:01

    This one was as good as the first. It really showed how far Nathan had come after his mother had died and how he could love people more because of it. I cried most of the way through it but it showed what real friendship is. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-01 13:02

    3 StarsI enjoyed this book. Not as tearful as the first, but enjoyable.

  • Angie
    2019-03-05 12:59

    3.5 starsTear-jerker and feel-good rolled into one

  • Lori Musick
    2019-03-08 16:13

    “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”🎄 😇 💖

  • Linda Collings
    2019-03-12 13:25

    I am not crying honest lol !

  • Bitsy
    2019-03-16 14:08

    This book is a sequel to the New York Times Bestseller The Christmas Shoes. I had no problems picking up the storyline though as it cut back and did back story constantly throughout The Christmas Blessing to cover pertinent areas for this new book. The book is about the star of The Christmas Shoes a little boy named Nathan that wanted to buy shoes for his mother dying of cancer. In The Christmas Blessing Nathan is now all grown up and, in the wake of his mother’s death, is now a third year medical student and is facing some difficult decisions. He is wondering if this is really his calling, and is having a tough time during a rotation in cardiology at a nearby hospital. While there he meets a young woman who has conquered her health problems, or so she thinks, and a little boy dying of them. Can these two give him the hope he needs to push towards his dreams?As a warning, I will say that this turned out to be a Christian novel, with a lot of discussions of faith, some bible quotes, and prayer. Some people like to know these things before getting into a book. So, consider yourself warned. It wasn’t enough to turn me off of the book, at least not the Christian angle alone, though I will say I did find a lot of the arguments and discussions about faith and death to fall terribly flat. It was preaching to the choir.I did not like this book. I could not believe that The Christmas Shoes made it on to the New York Times Bestseller list if this is how the author honestly writes. I noticed a reviewer on Amazon mentioned that this book seemed like it was written to be made into a movie, and perhaps that was my problem with it. It read more like a screenplay than like a novel.The dialogue was stilted, wooden and often superfluous. It's like this author wrote how they thought people talked, and not how they actually do. I could tell that there were jokes being said by the characters but the delivery, while perhaps successful if done through an actor's inflection and maybe hand gestures instead of solely through the medium it was provided in, fell flat on the page. There was also a lot of conversation that just didn't do anything. It didn't advance the plot, illuminate a character, or even serve to be amusing, it was just filler and dull filler at that.Then there was the amount of telling going on in the story, and the lack of showing. Two reasons for this could be that, first off, this was written more like a screenplay than a novel, and secondly that the author needed to explain it because more than just myself was completely lost by the way these people acted and spoke. Again, it was more like how the author thought people did things, not how things are actually done, or at least it seemed so to me. I was frustrated by the amount of telling, but I also admit that without it this book wouldn't have had very much meat at all, and might have been incomprehensible.Foreshadowing was another thing that bothered me. I would read something that I was certain was going to foreshadow something else, just to find out actually it was just a useless tidbit included for no reason. When they finally did foreshadow, it wasn't foreshadow as much as more or less give away the plot for the next several chapters. Granted, the author did not give away the ending at least. In fact, the reverse, the author pretty much flat out told the reader things were going to end one way, doing everything but wave a flag and point and shout to look the other way and then, bam, pulled out a different ending. It wasn't really surprising, I only briefly entertained the notion that she might end it the first way simply because, by that point, I thought that little of her.The book was redeemed somewhat by the ending. I was surprised once, by one twist, and so that made me feel a little better about the book overall. In the end though I felt like I was reading a book about some other parallel world where people thought and spoke and acted very differently from us. I couldn't relate to these people, I couldn't get their jokes, I couldn't understand their inferences, or place myself in a position where I could sympathize with their problems. I was completely at a loss to understand them or their world.The last third of the book all of the characters spent in tears and I couldn't even get a little choked up about it. Sure, what they were going through was trying, horrible and devastating. But, it was not written in any sort of way to make me empathize with that. Could this author tell a story? Absolutely. Could this author write a book? No way.

  • Julianna
    2019-03-01 13:59

    Reviewed for THC ReviewsThe Christmas Blessing is a lovely follow-up to the first book of the Christmas Hope series, The Christmas Shoes. Nathan Andrews, the little boy from that story who had been so desperate to buy a pair of shoes for his dying mother, is all grown up and studying to be a doctor, but is doubting whether that is the right course for his life. Every time he looses a patient, it's like reliving his mother's death, and he isn't getting along very well with the doctor in charge of his rotation either. Then he meets a young woman whose zest for life, in spite of being born with a hole in her heart, is absolutely infectious, and his whole life changes.I really liked the grown-up Nathan. His doubts and fears were very relatable. He is such a sensitive young man, and I have to agree with everyone who kept telling him he'd make a great doctor. Caring so much about his patients was really hard on him, but it made him so much more genuine. Doctors who truly care seem to be few and far between, so I really liked this aspect of his character. His struggle with his belief in whether miracles can really happen was very understandable too. I could also relate to his quiet, unassuming nature, and his difficulty talking with some people which made his immediate connection to Meghan all the more special. Their love was so sweet and their relationship reminded me of the beginnings of my own romance with my husband. I also loved the closeness he shared with his father, sister and grandmother which was just a more mature version of their family ties in The Christmas Shoes.I couldn't help but admire Meghan for her indomitable spirit. She never let her medical condition get in the way of following her dreams, and her determination led her to be a first-class runner. It was really hard to read about such a vibrant young woman becoming so sick almost instantly, but her illness was the catalyst which helped Nathan finally realize his own destiny. Meghan's young friend, Charlie, a fellow heart patient who acted as her unofficial coach was a big inspiration to her and others. I loved how Meghan and Charlie's families were always there supporting them unconditionally. They, along with Nathan's family, gave the story a great deal of warmth. The spirit of Nathan's mother lived on in the beautiful letters she wrote to her son before she died which was another lovely aspect to the story, as were the sweet little letters that Nathan's grandmother encouraged him to write to his mother over the years.What I think I liked most about The Christmas Blessing and Donna VanLiere's writing in general is that she has a way with imparting a wonderful message of Christian faith without being too trite or preachy. It's done in a gentle, almost philosophical way through an object lesson that I think readers from many walks of life and faiths could relate to. I have to admit to being on pins and needles wondering how the story would turn out, and although there was definitely some sadness, there was also great joy in the end too. Overall, The Christmas Blessing was a great companion novel to The Christmas Shoes that has also earned a spot on my keeper shelf. There is television movie of the same name based on the book which I look forward to checking out, and although I'm not sure if the remaining books in the Christmas Hope series are related to these two books by characters or plot, I'm eager to read them during future holiday seasons.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-21 18:01

    If you like characters with depth, riveting plots, and original storytelling -- this book is not for you.If you like flat characters, a predictable plot, and Lifetime original movies, then you'll love this book.I have not read "The Christmas Shoes" (and after reading this book, I will not). However, I have heard Newsong's recording of the song dozens of times, and I know the gist of the story. "The Christmas Blessing" picks up where "The Christmas Shoes" left off, except now Nathan is a grown adult who is deciding whether or not to continue his path in medicine.This story was very formulaic, so it doesn't surprise me that it's gotten high ratings and been on the best-seller list. First off, it's not a chick flick unless everyone is beautiful, right? That's just the way it is. Every single character in the book is physically attractive, even when they are about to die (or already dead). I guess some people can't fall in love with average-looking people. Secondly, everyone falls in love in exactly the same way. Love sneaks up, sweeps people off their feet, and they fall passionately in love in a very short time -- and then stay in love and never have any problems. The third ingredient in a successful chick flick is at least one character who cries constantly. I was beginning to wish Allison was a real person so I could slap her and say "SNAP OUT OF IT!" Of course, by the last 1/3 of the book, everyone was crying all the time anyway, so I guess to be fair, I'd have to slap them all.Part of the problem with this book is its predictability. You know from the first couple of chapters who's going to die -- it's just a matter of when it's going to happen. I honestly wasn't surprised by anything that I read, including the overly sappy ending (complete with more crying from Allison). The biggest problem, to me, was the complete lack of character development. I didn't care about any of them. The only one who undergoes any type of transformation at all is Nathan, and even he gets irritating. The rest of the characters are just stock characters. You have the wise grandmother, the brave little boy with a terminal illness, the perfect/beautiful/sweet love interest, the woman who cries at everything -- it's all there. They are the same on page 212 as they are on page 1. No real changes (except for the ones that die).Anyway, I rated this two stars because I actually made it to the end. The writing style is easy and accessible, and for that it can get a second star.

  • Jintana
    2019-03-05 14:03

    เรื่องราวต่อจาก The Christmas Shoes Nathan กำลังเป็นแพทย์ฝึกหัดที่กำลังต่อสู้กับความคิดที่ว่าเขาจะเป็นหมอที่ดีได้หรือไม่ ขณะที่เขากำลังฝึกงานอยู่ในแผนกโรคหัวใจเด็ก เขาได้พบกับ Meghan และ Charlie ที่มีหัวใจผิดปกติตั้งแต่เกิดแต่พวกเขากลับเป็นนักวิ่งที่ไม่เคยย่อท้อหรือยอมแพ้กับความโชคร้ายของตัวเองNathan และ Robert ได้กลับมาพบกันอีกครั้งที่สุสาน ทั้งคู่ทักทายกันก็จำกันไม่ได้เพราะผ่านมาหลายสิบปีแล้ว Robert ไม่เคยลืมเลยว่าเด็กผู้ชายคนหนึ่งกับรองเท้าคู่หนึ่งได้ช่วยกอบกู้ชีวิตครอบครัวของเขาเอาไว้ จนเมื่อเขากำลังจะกลับออกจากสุสานเขาเหลือบไปเห็นรองเท้าที่หลุมศพของแม่ Nathan เป็นรองเท้าแบบเดียวกับที่เขาเคยซื้อให้เด็กชายคนหนึ่ง Nathan ตกหลุมรัก Meghan แต่เธอกำลังจะตายหากไม่ได้หัวใจดวงใหม่มาแทน ทั้ง ๆ ที่ Meghan ก็รัก Nathan แต่เธอพยายามผลักไสเขาเพราะไม่อยากให้ Nathan ต้องสูญเสียคนที่ตนเองรักในเทศกาลคริสต์มาสอีกเหมือนครั้งที่เขาเคยสูญเสียแม่ ประโยคเด็ดจากเรื่องนี้ "Life is to be lived forward but it could only be understood backward."

  • Rayni
    2019-03-24 17:17

    When I discovered there was a sequel to Christmas Shoes, I knew I HAD to read it. I couldn't put Christmas Shoes down & I couldn't put Christmas Blessing down either. Nathan has grown into a fine young man. I loved the letters from mom to son & from son to mom. I could never be as eloquent as Maggie (Nathan's mom) was or to think of others when I was so sick. I remember when I was having chemo, all I could think about was how sick I was & if I died my family would be left with a legacy of clutter. Me, me, me, not how devastated my family would be without me & how could I help them in the years to come.

  • Jana
    2019-03-26 15:55

    This book deserves a 6 star rating! I had already given the 1st book in the series 5 stars, but this one is even better so I'll go with 6! It's a great story...all about the reason we are really here. It reminds us that it's not about how long we live, but how we live and who we love. Erma Bombeck says it best- "I hope that when I meet God at the Judgement bar that I don't have one single talent...and that's because I've used them all up!"

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-12 15:08

    First sentence: It's Christmas Eve, and the lake in front of me is frozen hard.Favorite quote: But I know that although we may never understand it, there is a plan, and though it may be traced in pain, in the end there will be joy, and it will be beautiful.This is a bit of a sad Christmas story and the ending was a mixture of happiness and joy. It was just okay for me.

  • Gazelle
    2019-03-01 20:56

    Another of Donna VanLiere's books to add in my read shelf. Been reading her books for years and it always pulls me back from my tendencies in complicating life. Her books have always have that simple approach in viewing life beautifully, despite the circumstances. A thought about life is always a good lesson. I think I'll make a habit of rereading her books now and then.

  • Penelope
    2019-03-21 21:07

    Nice sequel to The Christmas Shoes. Nathan, the little boy from The Christmas Shoes, is grown up in this novel. It was a quick read and nicely written. I enjoyed seeing how Nathan turned out all these years later. This novel has many of the characters from the original book and also introduces new characters.....and their lives intertwine in this inspirational story!

  • Fedora
    2019-03-16 17:18

    This was sweet--a sequel of sorts to The Christmas Shoes, we see Nathan, the boy now grown up, getting through his residency...Some of his patients bring to mind what his mother tried to impress on him before she died, and remind him anew of the possibility of miracles.

  • Sue
    2019-03-18 13:23

    While some parts were moving, the medical facts were so far off base it was totally unbelievable (Have you heard of HIPAA?).

  • Deanna
    2019-02-26 16:56

    very emotional heart string tugging book-keep tissues close by

  • Angie
    2019-02-28 21:13

    Synposis: "In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all."My Review: So last year I discovered the first book in the series and then found out about the rest of the books. It took me quite a while to wrap my head around the characters after such a huge jump in the timeline between the first book and this book. I wasn't quite as emotional as I was while reading the first book, maybe because I knew what was coming due to the song, but this was still a tear-jerker. I really became attached to the characters and their story. It is a fairly quick read and can be squeezed into a busy holiday season.

  • Marie Bungard
    2019-03-22 20:14

    Is there something special you do that until you've done it the Christmas Season isn't quite what you need it to be?  Perhaps a movie that you watch? A kind of cookie you bake? A special ornament on the tree? I just finished reading a book that is going to be on my Christmas list for years to come.The Christmas Blessing wraps its arms around you and draws you into a world that has snowy sprinkles all over it. It grabs your attention and gives all the awesome emotions that are present at Christmas.  The setting is World War 2.  The mores and morals of that era are really evident in this story.  It's a story of life decisions, sometimes good, sometimes not so good.  It's a story of relationships, friendships, and family.  To tell you more would be to give away the story.  BTW - it would make a great movie.I highly recommend this book.  It's a great read!!!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Revell/Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sharon Forbes
    2019-03-05 17:05

    This is the second book in the Christmas Hope series, and while it was a very enjoyable read, it didn't move me quite as much as the first book did. This book is told through the perspective of Nathan, who was the little boy who bought his mother the pretty shoes, as she was dying, on Christmas. This story is about fifteen years in the future, and Nathan is in med school, studying to become a pediactric cardiologist. It tells about his life now, and how he and Robert Layton, the man who helped him buy the shoes for his mother all those years ago, finally meet. There are plenty of touching, and even somewhat heartbreaking moments in this book, but to me, it just wasn't nearly as emotional as the first book. I still want to continue reading this series, and am looking forward to reading the third book next.

  • Stefanie(foreversweetserendipity)
    2019-03-19 13:02

    Such a great follow up book to Christmas Shoes. Nathan is no longer a child, but grown up and in med school and trying to figure out how to continue to do what he loves while faced with losing a love he just found. Christmas is coming and he finds that he may lose her. How can he cope and deal with it all since it reminds him of his mom passing away that year he gave her the Christmas shoes. The writing was a bit hard to follow since it jumped from different points of view multiple times on one page. There was no clear way of differentiating who was speaking either when it jumped around so much. Aside from that, the book was amazing and heartfelt. It gave me some much needed Christmas spirit and hope. It was full of love and as usual a tear jerker! Highly recommend!

  • Sheillagh Dare
    2019-02-23 15:58

    Beautifully written story of loss and keeping faith. Story of Nathan, who has lost his mother when he was a teenager and decides to become a doctor in order to save lives to make a difference and not have others suffer the pain he felt upon losing his mother. He is a 3rd year medical student who struggles when patients die, feeling he is responsible for their deaths. He decides that he will finish out the semester, ending 12/23 and then leave medical school. In the final months of his last semester he meets Meghan Sullivan, a 19 yr. old college student, while running around a lake in town. They fall in love and this love leads him to rediscover his true calling.

  • Genna Merrick
    2019-03-21 20:24

    I think at this point in my line this book speaks to me now more than ever. We are all here for a reason for a purpose that might now seem clear and it may be frustrating to wait to see how that purpose will play out. Have we made the right decision? Have we gone down the right path? These are questions I continue to ask myself as I spend my time in the valley. I hope that one day I will feel as content as Nathan, but until then I'll continue to read this story and learn from the lessons that have been so beautifully written in it.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-14 20:11

    Sequel to "The Christmas Shoes." A story of love, courage, and faith. Nathan, med student, goes about his business but really wonders if he should be a doctor. Loosing patients is so hard. He knows about loss. Meghan has a heart defect, loves to run and cares about a sick little boy. Meghan gets sick and needs a liver transplant. Nathan has come to care for her. Will he have to go through heartache again? Some blessings really do come at Christmas. Heartwarming book!

    2019-03-07 16:19

    ANOTHER "BLESSINGS" BOOK BY DONNA VanGUARD THAT REMINDS IS THAT GOD'S MIRACLES ARE LARGER THAN THE UNIVERSE Each time I read one of VanLiere's books 📚, I am reminded that God's main business is LOVE, grace, mercy, and miracles for His children (that includes adults). Our job is to believe in spite of our feeble attempts to understand that God's miracles are beyond human understanding. Thank you, Donna, for reminding us ---especially during the Christmas season.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-05 15:24

    loved this book, it was a follow-up to the christmas shoes. This book came at a very interesting time in my life. I read this about a week before I got the call that I had a organ donor match and would be getting my transplant in time for the holidays. I have had this book for years and never read it, made me wonder if I was pushed to read it for this reason, because my christmas blessing was soon to arrive. :)