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A Husband's Christmas Prayer, Kathi Macias
Pastor Paul has just been handed the promotion of his dreams! But his usually supportive wife doesn't share his sentiment about moving---and a rift begins to grow between them. As Paul ministers to difficult congregants, he struggles to restore his marriage while he builds a church. Will God answer his Christmas prayer?
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMOctober 28, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Husband's Christmas Prayer is my first Christmas book of the season and I am so excited. Granted it's still in the upper 80s around here and October may seem too soon to dive in but for me it's just perfect.
Each year I look forward to Kathi Macias' Christmas book. I think I've read all of her past seasonal novellas and thoroughly enjoyed them. This year's edition was another delight. The main characters are Paul and Diana Michaelson. When we first meet them Paul has just accepted a Senior Pastor position in the tiny community of Desert Sands. Unfortunately Paul got all caught up in the "we are one" aspect of marriage and forgot to include Diana in the discussion. Diana is a wonderful wife and she set aside her reticence to follow her husband. But the hurt ran deep and eventually it just had to be dealt with.
I particularly enjoyed the use of Ephesians 5:21-33 in the storyline. Pastor Paul preached a sermon on it that was meant to encourage his flock. But God is so gracious that he used Paul's own message to speak to his heart.
Another of my favorite things about this novel was the supporting characters. Virginia and Mitchell are beautiful examples to each of us as we get older. Until you breath your last God has a plan for you. The McDonald family reminds us to be aware of those around us that aren't in our usual circles. After all the Bible instructs us that we are blessed to be a blessing.
Now for all of you that are still saying that it's too early for a Christmas book, let me say that the majority of this book has nothing to do with Christmas. The culmination of the story is on Christmas but the heart of the narrative takes place in the months leading up to it. You literally can read this book at any time of year and be moved by it. I heartily recommend it to all.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Cassandra WesselPennsylvaniaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Christmas StorySeptember 14, 2016Cassandra WesselPennsylvaniaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pastor Paul Michaelson just received the dream position of his pastoral career. Of course, he accepted the senior pastor position. Certainly his wife Diana would be thrilled to move from the moisture laden seaside climate to the sunny desert. For some baffling reason, she wasnt, but being a dutiful wife, she went along, albeit with an internal struggle. Once at their new church home, the two children, a boy Micah, and his older sister, Lizzie adjusted fairly well. Still, something nibbled at their peace. Neither parent could put their finger on what niggled in the back of their heads. What was it?
Throughout this short Christmas story, Kathi Macias takes the reader along into the life of a pastor and his family, complete with twists and turns. The ring of the telephone, or doorbell, can bring unexpected challenges into a pastors life, often at the expense of his or her family.
In this tale, Kathi Macias recounts the life of the parsonage with accuracy and compassion. If anyone ever wanted to know what its like to be a pastor, or a pastors wife, this book certainly gives the reader a behind-the-scenes peek.
This is a gentle book with an occasional challenge that does keep the reader flipping pages. A clean story without violence or immorality, this book fits well within the CBA market guidelines. If it were a TV movie, it would be G rated. This is a refreshingly spotless, moral story that anyone can read. As a reviewer, I highly recommend this story for anyone who wants a respite from the mayhem and immorality that plagues our society these days. You wont be disappointed with this book.
I received "A Husband's Christmas Prayer" from the publisher and am under no obligation to provide a positive review, but how couldn't I? It's such a sweet story.