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Book ISBN: 9780446531245
Author(s): Karen Kingsbury
Document type: Trade Cloth
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A Sweet Story
This wonderful novella from author Karen Kingsbury is destined to become a Christmas classic. It is heartwarming and inspirational in its story of belief in miracles by a selfless young girl with leukemia, and a man haunted by his memories living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Short yet touching, it will hold a special place among Christmas stories once read.
Gideon Mercer is an eight year old girl with a gift for bringing out the best in those around her. She is selfless and kind. When she dreams of the perfect Christmas and prays with her father for some kind of special miracle this year, it may have to transpire soon; little Gideon is running out of time. But prayers can be answered, and a miracle will present itself in the form of Earl Badgett.
Earl has been living on the rainy streets of Portland so long he has lost touch with humanity; his only connection to the past a pair of red gloves. Only at night when he puts them on does he recall his two girls, wife Anne and daughter Molly. They are his only reminder of happier times. What happened to Earl is heartbreaking and very plausible in Kingsbury's hands, her gift for making stories like this of faith and hope utterly convincing on display.
When Gideon and Earl meet at the mission she senses what that miracle could be. I will not reveal what transpires between Gideon and Earl but this novella opens upon the joyous occasion of a wedding and slowly reveals how faith and a Christmas miracle brought all the parties involved there. This is a sweet and heartfelt story of hope that will make you want to do good to others while we still have the time.
Short and touching, it does not have to be Christmas to enjoy, but its brief length and sentimental message make it perfect for the busy holiday season when the hustle and bustle of shopping for friends and family limit our time. A nice gift to squirrel away for someone special.
Bobby Underwood (Amazon.com)
Lovely, touching book
I loved this book! I read it and really enjoyed it. It's about faith and hope and redmeption. It's very moving and touching. It's a great story, just like "The Ultimate Gift." It's very sweet. It made me cry on some pages, and it made me feel inspired. I had goosebumps on my skin from reading the sad chapters. Gideon is a wise, beautiful little girl who is very sick and is loving and giving. No matter how much pain she goes through, she can still be kind and nice to other people. And loving. She gives a old homeless man who isn't very nice to her a gift for Christmas. At first he dismisses her, but in the end when he sees what she gave him he is sorry for his sin and repents. He even saves her life. Gideon gave him hope, something he hadn't seen in many years and it changed him. Her only wish was for him to believe in God again, to believe in anything worth believing in and to find faith and happiness again. Her wish is granted. Gideon is nice to strangers who make her cry, who make her feel sick when she already in remission. She is patient and kind and sweet and a angel. She finds the good in others, instead of the negative. She is worried about her parents more then herself. The old man is homeless, selfish and rude. He hasn't believed in anything since his wife and daughter died. He thinks nothing of greater things, like why we're here on this earth and what life is really truly about. He is changed by one little girl, who is selfless and kind and earns enough money to buy him a little gift which changes him. Gideon's illness is sad, and it makes me cry to think such a sweet, beautiful person has to endure such pain. She's a gorgeous person with a fabulous personaity. When she bleds or has to deal with needles or hurt, it makes me sad because she has such faith for such a little person. Gideon follows Jesus's exmaple of helping others and putting other's needs before our own. This book made me realize how powerful love and truth are. Jesus didn't come to earth to make people selfish and mean, he came to earth to show people the way and truth and the light. He came to help people understand what is truly important in life and what it means to live life to the fullest and to show people love. Gideon knows this very well, and believes in God and loves him and wants to be more like him. This book is powerful, moving and sweet. A perfect book for adults and children and anyone who needs to understand what love and giving really is.
Touching story about hope
What a beautiful, touching story. I was amazed at the wonderful job Kingsbury did in portraying an 8 year old named Gideon who is diagnosed with leukemia. What got me about this story is Gideon's attitude.
She is a serious, guiless child who touches everyone around her, even a mean old homeless man, named Earl, who has experienced his own horrible tragedy.
This is one of those miracle stories, one that makes you believe in God's power, one that makes you laugh and on the very next page makes you cry.
Truly touching...5 Stars
K. Payne (Amazon.com)
Gideon's Gift (The Red Gloves Collection)
Wonderful Book! I have shared this book with several friends and they all love it. Very warm,compassionate and inspirational!
B. Lewis (Amazon.com)
First Red Gloves Book
My wife loved it for Christmas! Bought 1 thru 4 to put under the tree.
JEFFREY SMITH (Amazon.com)
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