by Dan Walsh
Revell (September 1, 2009) ~ 256 pages
Fiction / Christian Fiction / Christmas
Edition Reviewed: Hardback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher, many thanks to both the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review as part of the Revell Christmas Tour!
Perfect for : Personal Use, Book Club, Gift
My Thoughts: This book will take you back in time... Set a few days before Christmas in 1943, The Unfinished Gift explores faith and forgiveness in a way that will help readers to really feel for the characters and grow with them.
With his father off to war, Patrick is dropped off at his Grandfather's house when his mother dies in a car accident. His Grandfather is bitter and doesn't know what to do with the boy, especially when Patrick unintentionally stirs the embers of a rift between him and Patrick's father.
Patrick's child's faith is refreshing, and helps to remind us about aspects of our own faith and/or walk with God, and of the importance of forgiveness.
The story will make you thoughtful and reflective. It will also make you laugh... and cry. But most of all, it will provide you a refreshing holiday story full of faith and hope. I truly didn't want this one to end.
About the Book:
Amazon: Patrick Collins is seven years old, and on his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather's house. And, for reasons even he doesn't understand, he wants the soldier that's tucked away in his grandfather's attic. Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift tells in an engaging, simple style the story of a family, and reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts--like a young boy's prayers, a shoebox full of love letters, and even an old wooden soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of forgiveness will engage readers everywhere.Excerpt:
The Unfinished Gift
About the Author:
From Amazon: Dan Walsh is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Daytona Beach, Florida, a church he helped found 23 years ago. Walsh lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area. This is his first novel.