I purchased this book because I met Dan Walsh and decided I wanted to read this book. I started it after my family left on Thanksgiving and couldn't put it down until well after midnight when I finished it. A powerful story of how God takes the bad things that happen in life and changes lives for the better, The Unfinished Gift, draws the reader into the world of seven year old Patrick. A child whose mother died and his father in the war, an unhappy old granpa, a deligtful no-nonsense neighbor, and a compassionate social worker all come together to make a story that had me laughing and crying all the way through. One thing that made the story even more special to me is the fact that the story is set in 1943 during WWII, and I was seven years old in 1943 just like Patrick. It brought back a lot of memories for me. This is a book I'll go back to every year.
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Unfinished Gift in Nov 2009, I gave it as Christmas gifts to two friends. One friend told me she couldn't put it down till she finished reading it, and she passed it on to her children and grandchildren to read. When the other friend unwrapped her present, she asked if I gave it to her because she needs to reconcile with a family member. She read her copy last week, thanked me for giving it to her and said she loved it. I'm ordering it again for 3 more friends who are now recooperating from surgery and need a good book to read. It's a good read anytime, not just Christmas.
I just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the details of the states of life during the war and how trusting your faith could bring you through the darkest times. One of the reviews on the book said to have a tissue handy, and they weren't kidding. I look forward to more books written by this author.