SUMMARY: Nothing is more beautiful than family.
For the first time since their children were born, empty-nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking - some were downright ugly - but they were tradition.
With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . .
REVIEW: Judith's life is wrapped up around her kids. Even though they all are married and living on their own, having family together to celebrate was what made the holidays. Now that all three and their families have moved out of state, the first holiday without them sent Judith into a depression tailspin. I love how Stan does what he can to help pull Judith out of her despair. He encourages her and enlists friends to do the same. He doesn't give up when she doesn't respond at first. My favorite part was the end when Stan makes a HUGE sacrifice that not only affected him but his best friend, too, to help his wife.
This story encouraged me to find ways to make the holidays special with my kids as they grow up before they leave the nest. It also reminded me that time with our families at home is going by very quickly and to take advantage of having them close.
This is an AWESOME book that I highly recommend everyone read.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift and The Restoration Series with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Learn more at www.danwalshbooks.com.