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October 27, 2014

The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

A review by Spencer


“Megan needs Christmas, but I’m not ready to descend into fa-la-la land.”


The 13th Gift is a true story about the Smith family during the Christmas season. Joanne Smith and her three children, seventeen-year-old Ben, twelve-year-old Nick, and ten-year-old Megan, struggle with the unexpected loss of their husband/father.

A mysterious gift appearing on her doorstep is the last thing Joanne needs or wants. After her world is turned upside down, Christmas feels more of a burden than a time of joy. She tries to keep a brave front, but it’s evident to her children that she isn’t feeling a sense of excitement when the gifts continue coming. Will they ever become a happy family again?

I love this story. It’s such a touching and inspiring account of how giving produces blessings. I especially liked little Megan. She’s the heart of the family and leaves a lasting impact on me. She carries an inner flame of joy inside and refuses to let it go out.

The 13th Gift is a quick read with a powerful, inspiring message. The hardcover edition makes a nice gift or stocking stuffer.

Publisher: Harmony (Random House)
Page Count: 226
Purchase Link: Amazon

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