What a great book to read at this time of year. A true meaning of Christmas........When I finished this book, I passed it on to my friend, then will add it to my favorite book collection to pass down to my grandchildren.
December 21, 2012
A Christmas tale that will tug on your heart strings.
Thomas is a 15 year old young man who has had to grow up fast, since leaving their alcoholic father and starting over, his mother has struggled to keep food on the table for Thomas and his little sister, so she signs them up for the Angel Tree.
Kevin is a well to do middle aged man who owns and operates his own design business. When the bad economy deals him a tough blow, Kevin is determined to cut back, but his wife urges him to pick up an angel from the Angel Tree.
Kevin and Thomas embark on a Christmas journey that neither of them will forget!
The reason I that I picked this book up, was honestly that I'm a country music fan and I've really enjoyed many of Jimmy Wayne's songs, especially Paper Angels, the song after which this book is titled. I've heard Jimmy Wayne's touching story about how he received an Angel Tree gift when he was younger, and how it changed his life. It's so wonderful to know that the author really knows what he is talking about, and that he is truly writing from the heart.
I really liked the characters, Thomas was such a responsible and selfless young man, and the hard times had made him a man before his time. And I thought that all the characters were written in a heartfelt, and gripping way.
Overall a beautiful Christmas book, that shows how both the giver and the receiver are both blessed through a gift. Definitely a heartfelt read for the Christmas season.
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks!
November 20, 2012
Sweet Christmas Story
I've seen the Angel Tree up in stores my whole life and have even chosen an angel a few times. I loved getting to read this sweet story about a man whose life is changed by choosing an angel and the family who receives the gifts. It gave a neat little "insider's view" made even better by the fact that the author, Jimmy Wayne, was a recipient of the Angel Tree as a child!
Paper Angels a great story about how we can be used by God to make a difference in others' lives and I will definitely be giving this book as a gift this Christmas! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.
November 7, 2012
keep your tissues handy
Make sure you have a box of tissues handy!
Lynn Brandt decided it was time to leave her husband. The bruises on her face gave the reason. She took fifteen year old Thomas and younger Sara to a new town and a new life. But life was hard and the work she found was not enough to provide more than the essentials. Thomas was having a hard time fitting in at the new school. The bullying and making fun of his well worn clothes really hurt. When it gets close to Christmas, Lynn decides to work through her embarrassment and sign the kids up for Angel Tree presents.
Kevin's wife talks him into taking a paper angel off the tree at the mall. It is hard for him to even think of giving to someone else as his world is falling apart. The design company he started just a few years ago may be coming to an end as his major contract was not renewed. His wife is pregnant with twins and Baby B is not growing like he should. Kevin grudgingly takes the angel. It has the name Thomas on it.
While Thomas and Kevin never meet, their lives are forever changed by the paper angel on the tree. Both struggle to trust God in the midst of changes in their lives. Both come to the realization that giving is by far a greater joy than receiving.
You'll need those tissues at the end of the book when the hope for new life becomes evident. No, there are no great miracles. There is just taking each day as it comes and trusting God for the future.
I think this book could have been a great Christmas novella. It bogs down a bit here and there and could have had a number of pages trimmed. Nonetheless, keep reading. The realistic, yet inspiring ending, is worth it.
I received a copy of this book from Howard Books for the purpose of this review.
November 16, 2011