Author: Donna VanLiere
Publisher: ST. Martin’s Press
Published: November 9th 2001
“If we’re open to it, God can use even the smallest thing to change our lives…to change us. It might be a laughing child, car brakes that need fixing, a sale on pot roast, a cloudless sky, a trip to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree, a schoolteacher, a Dunhill Billiard pipe….or even a pair of shoes.
Some people will never believe. They may feel that such things are too trivial, too simple, or too insignificant to forever change a life.
But I believe. And I always will”
I was asking about Christmas Reading on late November and a friend mentioned about this book. I bought it online and hoped for it to come before Christmas, but it was late. I got it on December 29th, the Christmas had passed. But I read it anyway; it took only couple of hour to finish it. I can tell that I could reread this book every Christmas, because it leads me back to the quintessence of Christmas. It was so simple, yet powerful enough to help me recall the meaning of Christmas and to cherish every person that God gives in my life.
It was about a successful lawyer, Robert Layton, and an eight year old kid, Nathan. Robert had pretty much provides everything his family needs: luxury car, big fancy house, and stuff for his wife and toys for his children. But none of it makes them happier. His life was about work, career and achievement. He was about to lose his wife when he met Nathan on Christmas Eve.