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This book is phenomenal! I just have to say everyone must read this book before Christmas. It really helps bring the Christmas Spirit back into our lives.
The story takes place in the 1950's. The main character is about 11 or 12 years old and lives with his mom and sister that has rheumatic fever. The beginning starts with Micah Connors giving away his last dollar that he was suppose to buy milk with for his little sister who is ill. From beginning to end, you will find yourself hoping that this little girl makes it, because she has so much faith and hope in baby Jesus.
The boy in the book lost his Dad a while ago. He misses him. But since his mother does not have a husband to take care of her, Micah assumes some responsibility and helps out. It is hard work. His mother works at the local restaurant in town. The family barely has food in the cupboards. Micah had trouble with playing craps in the town before. He wants to stay out of trouble in this book. However near the beginning Micah helps a new kid, Horace, out of a gambling bind by giving Horace his last dollar to pay off a debt.
Throughout the book a manger is being built on Main Street. No one knows who is doing this. (You find out in the end which character is doing it.) That's what got me in the end. When we find out the love this person has for the town despite how he is treated. This character has Christlike love for the people of the town.
This book made me feel hopeful. It made me feel the Christmas Spirit again. The gift of serving others. The feeling of love and warmth surrounds me as I tear up and cry at the end of the book. YES, this book needs a hankerchief to read it. (Don't let that discourage you from reading the book.) It ends well. It is only about 100 pages. It's the perfect book to read with your family at Christmas and every year during the holiday bustle.
Now that you have a snippet on what the book is about, go buy it! It doesn't cost much. It only has about 100 pages. And I promise you will LOVE it!
Here's a trailer for the book that is quite touching if my review didn't make you want to read it.:)
**Also I have received some excellent news regarding the book. The author, Kathi Peterson, is having a contest. Here's what it is all about in the author's words:
I'm also holding a contest called An Angel in Your Life Contest. Here's the lowdown on it. The contest runs from now until December 15th. Anyone can enter by simply emailing me at email@example.com and writing about an experience you have had with someone who became an angel in your life. The winner will be announced on my blog Kathi's Writing Nook.com.
A gift certificate from either Seagull Book or Deseret Book will be given to the winner and an "Angel" in his/her life. This contest celebrates the selfless, kind acts performed daily, many times unnoticed. If you are like me, many people have helped you through times of trouble. Let's face it, life is tough and the small acts of kindness shown to us by others needs to be remembered and celebrated especially during the holidays. Christmas brings out the best in people and I wanted to give others the opportunity to thank those who have touched their lives in a profound way. Hopefully this contest will remind us of the angels in our lives.**
P.S. I got so excited I put my "Angel experience" in the contest. It's for EVERYONE! YEAH! :)