Christmas Dog, The - eBook
Christmas Dog, The - eBook  -     By: Melody Carlson
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This contemporary Christmas story from Melody Carlson is a timely yet gentle reminder that God can work miracles through something as seemingly insignificant as a little brown dog. Hardcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781441204783
ISBN-13: 9781441204783

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Betty Kowalski isn't looking forward to the holidays. She just can't seem to find Christmas in her heart. There's church, of course. But who can she bake for these days? And who would care whether or not she pulled out the Christmas decorations?

Her new neighbor just adds to the problem. He's doing home improvements that don't appear to be improving much of anything. These days when Betty looks out the window, she sees a beat-up truck, a pile of junk, lots of blue tarps, and--horror of horrors--an old pink toilet.

But when a mangy dog appears at her doorstep, the stage is set for Betty to learn a very important lesson about what Christmas is all about. This contemporary Christmas story is a timely yet gentle reminder that God can work miracles through something as seemingly insignificant as a little brown dog.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.

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  1. Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A warm story about a lonely old woman who mistakes a neighbor for a squatter
    December 18, 2017
    Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have to admit, I got quite a chuckle from reading this story. The story is not meant to be humorous, but to me the silliness of the main character was what set off my funny bone. I suppose it's because I know a few people just like our main character, Betty Kowalski. You know the type. Betty is a widow, living in her house alone; her grown children have their own children and are busy with their lives and are scattered all over the country. Unlike some people she knows, she does not live in a gated community with security built in, nor does she live in a secured building with buzzers. Her neighborhood is a typical neighborhood with friends she's lived near about half her life.

    The part I find funny is her attitude toward a new neighbor. She knew who used to live in that house when it was in its prime. Now, the house is old and worn and more than a little bit shabby. She's convinced that he must be a squatter. When hammering and sawing sounds came from the house at night and the pink toilet appeared in the back yard, she was even more suspicious. Then when that viewpoint didn't seem to work, she wondered if he was a criminal. He never answered the door. He didn't talk to anyone, and no one had ever seen him smile. It wouldn't have been so bad if she'd kept her thoughts to herself, but she was not as quiet as she should have been with her opinions to her friends and neighbors. Now the newcomer is ignored and snubbed by most of the neighborhood.

    Betty's attitude was worth several eye rolls in my opinion, and even one of her daughters felt she was being unfair. But that happens when fear overrules reason and you are alone. The author did a great job writing about this type of fear and isolation so that the reader would feel somewhat irritated while still understanding the woman and her ridiculous assumptions. This is not a typical Christmas story.

    The turning point happens when a little dirty unclaimed dog appears and Betty assumes he belongs to the neighbor. He in turn assumes it is hers, so for a little while we are viewing a ridiculous tug of war. Poor dog. In the end, this dog actually becomes an integral part of transformed attitudes, but you're going to have to read the book to find out how.

    A rebellious granddaughter shows up at Betty's house after Thanksgiving, and adds to the confusion of conflicts. My favorite part is how the little scruffy dog wins over hearts little by little and brings about quite a transformation of attitudes. But things have to get worse before they get better. As usual my favorite author of Christmas stories has penned another winner.
  2. Shelley Jamieson
    Franklin, TN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to read, fun and inspiring.
    January 22, 2014
    Shelley Jamieson
    Franklin, TN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sweet story, quick and easy to read, leaves you with a happy feeling.
  3. alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 9, 2013
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Sometimes God sends us a miracle in a way that we would never expect. In this case it is in the form of a scruffy, dirty, but oh so lovable dog.

    Betty Kowalski really hasn't had the desire to celebrate Christmas in several years, in fact every year she seems to be less in mood than the year before. The neighborhood that she has lived in for over forty years appears to be going downhill at an alarming pace, starting with the young man who has taken over the house next door. When a dog appears in her back yard and her granddaughter Avery appears at her front door, Betty begins her journey back to remembering just what Christmas is all about.

    I really liked this book. It was a fun book filled with wonderful characters. I really enjoyed walking with Betty through her self- imposed isolation to finding community again. When we first met Betty, she has lost her connection with God. Although she still goes to church and helps out when she is needed, her love for her neighbor is gone. She finds herself second guessing her decisions, envy her friends and judging those that appear to be different from her.

    Her granddaughter Avery was a breath of fresh air. She brought heart to the story, even though her story was not so good. She represented the person who struggles through life, yet refused to let life weigh her down. She sees the good in people and the silver lining in every opportunity.

    The book ended a little too abruptly for my taste. I would have liked to see the loose ends tied up instead of leaving it to the readers imagination, but that I just my personal opinion. I would have also liked to have had the Christmas story somewhere within these pages, seeing as this is a book written for the holiday. But all in all it was a good read.
  4. Larik
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    interesting tale
    July 27, 2013
    Larik
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Funny, Lively, inspiring.. just some words to describe this lovely story of a dog and a grandmother that knew how to inspire life into a grumpy neighbor and a disobedient teenager..
  5. Jved267
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    January 10, 2013
    Jved267
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This story is about an old lady who reminds me of Ebenzer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. Unhappy & not on the best terms with her family, she feels that the Holidays are nothing to look forward to. The dog doesn't even enter the story until about halfway thru the book.

    This book was hard for me to get into, I almost stopped reading it because the first couple chapters were so depressing & boring. Once I got past that, the book got better. Nevertheless, I never liked the main character (maybe I am too young to understand her, I am closer in age to her granddaughter).
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