Author Kathi Macias wrote about a subject we won't quickly forget. She brings to our attention a story that happens to people each and every day. We don't often think about this subject because we are comfortable in our nice heated homes and we have plenty of food to eat. This story will touch your heart in a way you've never been touched before.
The story is about Josie Meyers and her two children living on the streets, homeless and constantly seeking shelter and food to eat. While she looses faith in God to supply her needs she relies on herself to take care of her children. After all why should she trust God? He hasn't answered her prayers.
Rick is a homeless man who befriends first her children and then Josie. The children soon look forward to seeing Rick, Josie does too.
Josie doesn't see the big picture of all the people God sends to help her along her journey. Will she ever resort to praying and trusting God again?
I was touched by this book and couldn't put it down. I cried over how God not only protected Josie and her children but how he made a way for her each and every day. I cried about how simple and easy it is for us to put our faith and trust in God but yet I am guilty of trying to solve my own problems.
This story had an awesome ending. Yes, I sobbed. How could I not? I hope everyone reads this heart warming book.
A strange thing happened to me after I finished reading this book. A name and face of a woman in my church popped into my mind. I felt God urging me to pass this book along to her. I saw her at Bible study this morning and I told her, boy do I have a book for you to read. I promised to give her my copy at church on Sunday. I told her the author was Kathi Macias and I told her when she finished this book to pass it along to some one else.
Thank you Kathi for allowing this book to tug at our heart strings. Thank you for helping us open our hearts to those in need this Christmas season. Thank you for another powerful book that speaks to our heart.
Unexpected Christmas Hero is a heartwarming novel about a woman named Josie and her two children. They were living the typical suburban life until Josie's husband suddenly died and left them destitute. The book shows the difficulties that the homeless experience by living on the streets and in shelters. Most of us can't even imagine what it would be like to sleep in parks or behind buildings, to be cold and hungry, and not to know where to turn next for food and shelter. Josie finds friendship in a local church, in the local library, and in shelters for the homeless. Through her difficult circumstances her faith is once again confirmed and restored, and she receives a precious gift from a most unlikely source, the homeless war veteran Rick, who truly becomes her unexpected Christmas hero. Although this story is a tearjerker, it is also an inspirational story of friendship, love, and enduring faith.
I think this novel has to be the most soul-grabbing one I have read this year--even among Kathi's others, of which there are a bu-unch of dynamic, breath-holding books.
Josie finds herself homeless after her husband dies, leaving her too deep in debt to hang onto anything but her pride. He hadn't told her he'd lost his job, taken them to the edge of bankruptcy, and wouldn't even tell her he was sick--until it was too late even to save his life.
On the street with two children, she goes from one shelter to the next or sleeps behind the cleaners. She wonders if she'll ever feel safe again, if her children will be able to go to school, or what she can do to get out of these unbelievable circumstances.
And then Rick shows up. He wins her children's confidence and affection, but Josie worries about everyone they meet on the street. And she has her pride. She doesn't want to be beholden to anyone, or cause anyone any trouble.
Admirable traits--but not even God can break through that much armor. Or can He?
Unexpected Christmas Hero could be the best Christmas gift you buy anyone, including yourself.
This story just grabbed hold of me from the start and wouldn't let go. It has given me a whole new view of the homeless and made me determined to find a way to help.
Josie's story, her fall from the life she had always known, to the depths of being homeless with two young children, is heartbreaking. And Rick shows more kindness and generosity out of his poverty than many who have more - kind of reminiscent of "the widow's mite".
I loved this story. It made me laugh and cry...and hope. Ms. Macias does a wonderful job of making it all real and bringing the truth home. I pray this story touches many hearts!
In the quiet challenge of a moment hope lingers just overhead.
Josie Meyers and her young children Susanna and Jacob, victims of unfortunate circumstances, struggle to find their place in the world, while searching for a spot to rest their weary hearts.
Rick a Vietnam veteran, is a kindly man who always looks for ways to put others needs in front of his own. His faith is a source of strength always challenging him to take the next step forward.
Will the trials and struggles of the Meyer family bring them closer together as they are lead through the darkness or will the unseen and cruel challenges pull them apart?
A must read for the upcoming holiday season that will tug at your heart and one that will give the reader a sense of gratitude for God's blessings. Faith, heartbreak, reality, sadness and love come together for form this impossible to put down read. Plot flowed easily creating no dull or broken parts, dialogue was easy to follow and scenery was vivid leading to the ending. I found the overall message to be very inspiring and I was highly entertained! I will recommend this well written novel to others! 5 Stars! Thanks to New Hope Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.