Tag Archive | Uplifting

Roses For Mama by Janette Oke

Roses for Mama“It had all turned out to be so strange, so ironic. Angela Peterson’s family had moved west because her mother had not been well and the doctor said the cooler, clear air of the region might be easier on her lungs. Her father sold the farm and loaded everything they could take with them in three wagons. They found new land and a new life, setting about to build another farm. Her mother’s health did improve – at least for a while. Then a winter cold put her back in bed and it became clear she had only months to live. Angela was just fourteen at the time, and in those intervening months her mother tried to prepare her for the responsibility of raising three young siblings. But no one dreamed that something would happen to their father. For Angela, now seventeen, and her older brother Thomas, the profound events that reshaped their family also changed their lives. Angela does her best to care for the children, but still wonders if she is providing everything they need – like her mother did. And as the children grow, the questions and challenges intensify, at times even feel overwhelming. Preparing them for life seems to require something more.” Continue reading

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The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere

Christmas Hope“Patricia and Mark Addison have long given up the hope of having a meaningful Christmas. But this year, Patricia’s job as a social worker will lead her to a very special five-year-old: Emily. Against her better judgment, Patricia bends the rules and takes the little girl into her own home. Through the presence of Emily in their house and her penetrating questions about heaven, the Addison’s will learn that there is no sorrow so great that faith cannot help you find your way through. And Christmas will once more be a time of warmth in their home.”

The Christmas Hope is the third novel in the Christmas Hope series. I found the first two novels to be captivating with sad endings. But this novel has the happiest ending out of all three novels so far. Both of the first two dealt with loss at the end while this one dealt with loss throughout the story but, in the end, came out with an ending that everyone would have preferred. The grief and pain that Mark and Patricia went through was heart wrenching. Continue reading

The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere

“In christmas blessingThe 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 nevertheless not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches Nathan how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help Nathan through the most difficult period in his life.”

This novel, the second book in the Christmas Hope Series, is one that will not disappoint you. It is just as good as the first one. It was really nice to see Nathan later on in life and which direction his choices had led him. Continue reading

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

Christmas Shoes

“Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Nathan together – he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.”

Since Christmas is around the corner I decided to put my other books on hold and get out the Christmas novels. Continue reading

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

lifewithoutlimitsbookjacket“Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling, and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick eagerly spreads his central message: The most important goal is to find your life’s purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way. Nick tells the story of his physical disabilities and the emotional battle he endured while learning to deal with them as a child, teen, and young adult…”

This book was one of the most uplifting and inspiring books that I have ever come across. I am so glad that I chose to read it. Nick’s testimony was definitely one that I have never heard before. My spirit was greatly uplifted by the time I finished this book. After reading the first few chapters of this novel I felt terrible at how I occasionally complain about my life and throw  myself pity parties. Nick grew up with no arms and legs, yet he is extremely grateful for everything that he has. Continue reading