Fans of Nicholas Sparks will find a new author to love in Dan Walsh...for me, he writes circles around any New York Times best-selling author. His books are filled with engaging characters, rich story, and deep faith in our unchanging God.
His newest book is "Remembering Christmas", a story about going home, even when you don't want to, and finding what you've been searching for your entire life.
Rick Denton left Florida, his roots and the family business behind and never looked back. With his father out of the picture and his mother settling into life with her new husband, Rick wanted bigger and better out of life. His move to Charleston proved to be a lucrative one, and while not satisfied, he's on the right track.
Rick is living his life, on his terms, as his own lord and master...controlling his own destiny which will be whatever he decides to make of it all.
Until his mom calls. Art has suffered a stroke, and she needs help keeping The Book Nook open until doctors can figure out how to treat her husband and he is back on his feet. Leanne has no choice but to call on her only son and hope he can put family first for at least a couple of days.
Days turn into weeks, and Rick's frustration mounts. Didn't he escape this podunk down, joke of a family business and all of these religious trappings for the better life? Just how long can he stay, sorting out the mess 'good old Art' calls a business?
Apparently for as long as it will take God's Spirit to penetrate Rick's hardened heart...quite possibly until Rick remembers Christmas and the message of hope, deliverance and healing sent to the world so long ago.
Once again, Dan creates memorable characters that pull up a chair in your imagination and settle in for a good, long while. From J.D., the homeless man who looks forward to his daily McMuffin to the sassy co-worker that keeps putting Rick in his place, you'll love each and every person you meet.
Be prepared for a surprise or two along the way...
And you'll see how it's the smaller, seemingly insignificant things in life that truly produce the most...and change hearts forever. My thanks to my buddy Donna at Revell for my review copy of "Remembering Christmas", available at bookstores everywhere.
I'm highly recommending this one...and just in time for Christmas! How 'bout that?
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Authored by Deena Peterson at 7:22 AM