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The Christmas Shoes ❰Download❯ ➹ The Christmas Shoes Author Donna VanLiere – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant and then, in a fleeting moment, they re gone But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believeRobert Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant and then, in a fleeting moment, they re gone But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believeRobert is a successful attorney who has everything in life and nothing at all Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself Eight The Christmas ePUB ↠ year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Nathan together he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.

  • Hardcover
  • 132 pages
  • The Christmas Shoes
  • Donna VanLiere
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 0312289510

About the Author: Donna VanLiere

Donna is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author She s an in demand conference speaker and gifted teacher and has published books including four that have been adapted into moviesDonna is the recipient of multiple industry awards including a Retailer s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, two Audie Awards for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and is an inductee in the The Christmas ePUB ↠ Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John GlennLearnabout Donna by visiting DonnaVanLiere and stay up to date and in touch by subscribing to her free Friendship List.



10 thoughts on “The Christmas Shoes

  1. Julianna Julianna says:

    Reviewed for THC ReviewsI had recently been lamenting the fact that I hadn t read a true tear jerker yet this year I have been know to get a bit misty eyed at certain scenes, but it is a rare book that makes me actually shed tears The Christmas Shoes did exactly that andIt made me cry buckets both while reading it and afterwards while merely thinking about it, and again while trying to write this review There is a profound and beautiful message packed into this simple short story It m Reviewed for THC ReviewsI had recently been lamenting the fact that I hadn t read a true tear jerker yet this year I have been know to get a bit misty eyed at certain scenes, but it is a rare book that makes me actually shed tears The Christmas Shoes did exactly that andIt made me cry buckets both while reading it and afterwards while merely thinking about it, and again while trying to write this review There is a profound and beautiful message packed into this simple short story It may have been difficult to read at times, evoking many deep and heartfelt emotions, but it was worth every moment I have been left thinking about it long after turning the last page, which is what I hope for every time I pick up a book to read My favorite movie at Christmastime is It s a Wonderful Life, and The Christmas Shoes reminded me of it in some ways Both stories are about the serendipitous nature of life and how each of our lives are important, intertwined with the lives of others, and can affect anyone with whom we come in contact in unexpected ways It may not seem like some small thing we ve done even mattered, but it s possible that it was the thing that utterly changed another person s life, all by us merely being in the right place at the right time The meeting between Robert and Nathan in The Christmas Shoes was very brief, but during that short encounter, Nathan gave Robert a much needed wake up call, while Robert opened his heart enough to fulfill Nathan s Christmas wish for his dying mother It all makes me wonder in what mysterious and unknown ways I might have affected the life of someone with whom I ve come in contact, over the forty years of my own life.I believe that The Christmas Shoes is the first book I ve read that alternates between first and third person perspective Robert s scenes are written in his first person voice, while the rest of the book is written from the third person point of view of various other characters I didn t really have any difficulty following it, but it did take a little getting used to Overall, I think this style worked well Robert was the character whose life seemed to be the most affected, so it made sense to have his part be in first person No matter what voice they were speaking in, all the characters were vividly brought to life in a touching and realistic way In the beginning, Robert is difficult to like He is a rather selfish workaholic attorney who has become very materialistic and cynical think shades of Scrooge from A Christmas Carol His life is about to fall apart with his wife asking for a divorce after Christmas, but he still can t seem to figure out what he truly wants in life or how to make it happen He also isn t very nice to some of the other characters in the story, and never really spends any time with his family Once I came to the realization that Robert is a man who has lost his way and doesn t comprehend what is truly important in life, I was able to feelsympathetic toward him, but real change doesn t come for him until he meets up with an eight year old little boy while doing last minute Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve.While Robert s lifestyle is one of wealth bereft of human connections, Nathan s family has lived very simply, barely making ends meet on his father s salary as a mechanic, yet they have a home that is brimming full of love His mother, Maggie made it that way, but now she is dying of cancer I thoroughly admired Maggie s strength and dignity in the face of death She didn t complain or ask Why me She chose to live her final days giving as much as she was physically able to her family Maggie and Jack had a tragic romance to be sure, but one that was filled withlove in the seemingly short time they had together than some couples experience in a lifetime That love was obviously passed on to their children, especially Nathan who was thoughtful enough to want to give his mother a very special present for her last Christmas with them and in doing so opened the eyes of a man who was lost to help him rediscover his way in life.Death can be a very difficult topic for some people, and even I have to admit to being a former death phobic I have slowly been challenged in my thinking on the subject, first by the death of both my parentsthan ten years ago, andrecently by the death of two beloved pets who, through their final moments, taught me some very important lessons It may seem strange to some, but I found a certain peace and beauty in these creature s passings and know that I wouldn t have wanted to be anywhere else but helping them to make that transition I mention these things, because I absolutely loved the way Donna VanLiere handles death in The Christmas Shoes She treats it not as something to be feared, but as something that can be very beautiful, a mere step into the afterlife I also greatly admired the way that Maggie and Jack handled the subject of her impending death with Nathan It is my fervent opinion that in cases like this, kids should be treated intelligently and allowed to make their own decisions, which can lead to a better sense of peace and closure for them.Even though The Christmas Shoes was printed by a mainstream publisher, I have seen the book categorized as Christian fiction, and I suppose in some ways it is The author is a Christian, and the characters talk about God, heaven, and how Christmas is the celebration of the Christ child s birth Still, I think that the messages about love, life, death and how the choices we make can affect others, are universal ones that can be appreciated by anyone In my opinion, the story is never preachy, nor does it seek to advance any sort of religious agenda It merely tells an inspiring tale, leaving it up to the individual reader to discern the deeper meaning contained within its pages, which to me is the best kind of story, Christian or otherwise In fact, I lost count of all the characters who were behaving in, what to my way of thinking, was a truly Christ like manner which was very impressive to me Although several main characters were shining beacons of light too, I was particularly taken by the kindness of some of the secondary characters like Nathan s teacher, Mrs Patterson, the hospice nurse, Sylvia, and the anonymous lady who merely washed dishes and cleaned the kitchen the day after Maggie s death They became a humble and sometimes silent expression of the real spirit of Christmas by showing God s love in service to those in need The Christmas Shoes is the first book in the Christmas Hope series There are currently five books in the series, and the next one, The Christmas Blessing, follows Nathan as a young man dealing with new challenges in his grown up life I may not get a chance to read The Christmas Blessing this holiday season, but I will definitely be reading it at some point in the future For anyone who isn t aware,The Christmas Shoes is based on the song of the same name recorded by the group NewSong I ve heard it on the radio at Christmastime a few times, and it always makes me cry just like the book did There was also a made for TV movie adapted from the book which aired on television a few years ago and is now available on DVD While recently shopping, I chanced to find a copy at Target even though I wasn t specifically searching for it, and I am now looking forward to watching it soon Overall, The Christmas Shoes is an amazing book that made me cry like I don t think any other story ever has, but also left me with some very profound food for thought Enjoy isn t quite the right word for such a heart wrenching read, but it was a beautiful and utterly moving experience that has touched my heart and mind in inexplicable ways with its pure and simple expression of the true meaning of the holiday season I highly recommend this book to all readers Just be sure to have a box of tissues handy for the inevitable flood of tears.Note This book has no objectionable content, so in my opinion, would be suitable for teen readers and possibly even pre teens as long as they wouldn t be bothered by the highly emotional nature of the subject matter

  2. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    LOVED this book So heartwarming and such great messages Most people have heard the song, but the book is even better Completely recommend

  3. Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

    2.5 Stars I ve never been much of a seasonal reader I believe 2014 was the first year I read any books set at Christmas time during the holidays other than children s books , but when I saw that my 2015 PopSugar challenge had such an entry, I knew 2014 wouldn t be the last year I did it I don t know how familiar you guys are with the song The Christmas Shoes , I know I ve heard it and the general message is one that I know pretty well but it s not a favourite or anything So imagine my surpr 2.5 Stars I ve never been much of a seasonal reader I believe 2014 was the first year I read any books set at Christmas time during the holidays other than children s books , but when I saw that my 2015 PopSugar challenge had such an entry, I knew 2014 wouldn t be the last year I did it I don t know how familiar you guys are with the song The Christmas Shoes , I know I ve heard it and the general message is one that I know pretty well but it s not a favourite or anything So imagine my surprise when I was scouring my shelves looking for a Christmas book to complete this entry and saw this slim volume tucked in there I actually have no idea where it came from, oh well The Christmas Shoes follows two different families, one which is falling apart due to illness and another due to a lack of effort The two families cross paths on several occasions some pleasant and some not so much but never converge It s a fairly accurate reality for most people who live in the same community And truthfully some of the most impactful moments in my life will probably never be understood by the seemingly random people who were present For me this book is pretty religious, which I actually don t mind seeing as how it is set at Christmas, and it does a lovely job of tightroping that line and never becoming actually preachy I appreciate that preachy prose is one of my least favourite things in literature Probably my biggest disappointment in this book was the text itself it gives a whole new meaning to the term bland With all the heart string pulling ammunition available in this story and a fabulous message to boot you would think it would invoke some feelings in me It didn t It was sweet and a bit sad but overall it just sort of felt like regurgita of the same message that is in pretty much every holiday book people areprecious than gifts And THAT is a message I completely agree with However, this book bored me overall Category A Book set at Christmas

  4. Camilla Camilla says:

    3.5 stars.

  5. Laura Laura says:

    Yes, this is a teary eyed read, but I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed it It reminded me a lot of the theme expressed in Jimmy Stewart s movie, It s a Wonderful Life It will remind you of what s really important in your life I know, while I was reading it today, I blew up my husband s phone with random text messages telling him how much I loved him I like books that inspire me to love my familyand to appreciate them and this book did exactly that I look forward to reading t Yes, this is a teary eyed read, but I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed it It reminded me a lot of the theme expressed in Jimmy Stewart s movie, It s a Wonderful Life It will remind you of what s really important in your life I know, while I was reading it today, I blew up my husband s phone with random text messages telling him how much I loved him I like books that inspire me to love my familyand to appreciate them and this book did exactly that I look forward to reading the rest of this Christmas series

  6. Nathan Nathan says:

    This was given to me as a gag gift, and spoiler alert it sucks I suppose you could say that it is somewhat capably written, much in the same way that a high school essay takes a few scattered facts and stretches them out into a full research page paper That s where the positives end The book is filled with enough sugary schmaltz and false sentimentality to send cookie monster into a diabetic coma The character development if you could call it that of secondary characters serves little p This was given to me as a gag gift, and spoiler alert it sucks I suppose you could say that it is somewhat capably written, much in the same way that a high school essay takes a few scattered facts and stretches them out into a full research page paper That s where the positives end The book is filled with enough sugary schmaltz and false sentimentality to send cookie monster into a diabetic coma The character development if you could call it that of secondary characters serves little purpose other than to push the plot forward to it s predictable conclusion Protagonist is a jerk, everyone else is a good person, sick people die, lessons learned, the end The book is basically A Christmas Carol without any of the badass ghosts I ve read Hallmark greeting cards withinteresting plot twists than this book I ve got to end this review for now I have a copy of My Humps the Novel that needs to be read

  7. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    This novel follows two different characters during a difficult Christmas season A boy, Nathan, learns that his mother is dying of cancer, while a hard working lawyer, Robert, realizes that he has become distanced from his wife and children When a chance encounter brings the boy and the lawyer to the same department store check out line, Robert learns something beautiful about the true meaning of Christmas.I was not expecting this book to be the Great American Novel I was expecting it to be sa This novel follows two different characters during a difficult Christmas season A boy, Nathan, learns that his mother is dying of cancer, while a hard working lawyer, Robert, realizes that he has become distanced from his wife and children When a chance encounter brings the boy and the lawyer to the same department store check out line, Robert learns something beautiful about the true meaning of Christmas.I was not expecting this book to be the Great American Novel I was expecting it to be sappy, saccharine even, and it was, and I don t have a problem with that Sometimes I m in the mood for something schmaltzy, and that s fine If I hadn t wanted to read something sappy, I d have quit after the first few pages I was not expecting it to be Christian fiction, although that doesn t really surprise me What did surprise me was this book s knack for making me angry.First of all, the mom has been very sick for some time She s tired and getting weaker She s on hospice She knew from the very beginning that she probably wouldn t make it She s already done the chemotherapy, and she s got a hospital bed for her living room She s come home to die So I want to know why in the heck she and her husband wait until the day she dies to tell their eight year old son that the mother won t get better Up until that day, he thought she wasn t seriously sick I understand the parents wanting to protect the child, but they can t save the mother, so he s going to have to face this tragedy anyway The least they could do was be honest with him Moreover, during the mother s last hours of consciousness, the father and grandmother sit with her, read to her, talk to her When she s safely dead, they decide it s okay for their son to come in and say goodbye He s eight He s not a baby He s certainly old enough to understand what s going on, and they have robbed him of something he ll never regain But Nathan is relieved, because apparently his father almost waited until the next day to tell the son So hey, it could have been even worse.Most of the cancer plot is done well enough It s sappy and a little predictable, but that s okay for this style of book There were even some things that I liked For instance, I always thought shoes were a sort of strange gift to give to someone who could no longer walk, so I was wondering how VanLiere would introduce the idea It turns out that Nathan heard his teacher saying that her favorite Christmas was the one on which she received, as a present, a new pair of shoes So Nathan, who only just learned of his mother s impending death, dashes off to buy the only thing he knows of TO buy It makes sense, and its both sweet and sad That said, the teacher character isn t all that well written in 29 years of teaching, she s never had a student whose parent had died Really 29 years worth of students all came from happy, two parent homes VanLiere did not have to make Nathan s surroundings artificially cheery in order to make his situation, which is intrinsically tragic, seem sad.What really steamed me about this book is the other plot, the lawyer who has a chance encounter with the boy He had a nice job He bought a nice house This, apparently, makes him a bad guy His wife thinks that he works too many hours, and she wants a divorce, She doesn t suggest trying to reconnect, nor does she want counseling No, the first indication that he has that she is in any way dissatisfied is when she says that she wants a divorce, which she then tries to justify with the flimsiest rationalization I can imagine Let s face it, you left this family a long time ago Are we even supposed to like the wife It s not that she s mean In fact, outside this one scene a page and a half , she doesn t really have any personality What did he do that was so wrong He embezzled No, wait, that s not it Maybe he had an affair No Did he just get drunk and make a pass at his mother in law No Really You mean he only worked hard and lived honestly Heck, I d divorce him too.But like I said, there isn t enough of the wife in the book to like or dislike her She s just kind of there Robert s mother, however, has a personality Not a great one She s nosy, arrogant, judgmental, mean spirited, and she s one of the story s heroes because it was she and not the wife pointed out to Robert the error of his ways She cornered him, and even though he did not want to discuss it with her, he listened to her sermon lecture conversation But did it have to be so much like a catechism What is the problem in your marriage I ll tell you You are the problem in your marriage Why are you the problem in your marriage And on And on The mother seems to have been endowed with the ability to know exactly what s troubling her daughter in law without ever having discussed anything with her, but is she psychic No Turns out she can speak for all women Joy Meanwhile, the rich lawyer is contrasted with Nathan s family, where money is tight, and they can barely make ends meet They bought a ranch house, put in a new roof, new floors, new carpeting, and new plumbing And I don t mean they fixed a leak they ripped out the pipes and put in new ones, and they made repairs to the foundation as well They made it the nicest home on the block Then, the wife went nuts buying all kinds of new plants for the garden Meanwhile, her husband had a steady job, and she worked part time But, oh, by the way, they re so poor The husband is kept awake nights feeling guilty for not being a better provider, and the wife consoles him by saying that there is a difference between wants and needs, and at least they have their needs Heck, if a sprawling ranch house, remodel, and plants are needs, I d hate to see their wants Of course, by the end of the story, the lawyer learns how misguided he has has been He says, We all have questions in this life It s taken me a long time to figure out what the really important question are Not How am I going to make enough money No,like What are flowers thinking beneath the snowThat about says it all, I think Years from now, I can tell my own kids, Aw, gee, Sport I m sorry you re having the seizures chest pains asthma attacks allergies near sightedness any kind of ailment, but son, that s just not important You should focus instead on the emotions of last summer s dead plants That really matters I assume VanLiere meant seeds or bulbs, not flowers, but it s a moot point anyway since neither dead flowers nor live bulbs possess an amygdala That s most of what bothered me with this book It was too shallow, the characters were unlikeable except for the unlikable lawyer him I understood It tries too hard It presents a moving scene, but then it spells out why it s moving, and then it has the characters narrate their own process of discovering the beauty sorrow love of the season It s the kind of Christian book that gives Christian fiction a bad reputation, and I m not even sure how Christian it is I didn t appreciate VanLiere insulting Easter, the holiest of our festivals, just to make Christmas look better by comparison, nor did I enjoy her interpretation of the star that guided the magi as being the light at the end of the tunnel Look at the light Go into the star It s a death star Oh, please.Life is too short to read bad books Save yourself from this one

  8. Haley S Haley S says:

    Pardon me while I cry my eyes out This book was so good but so sad I definitely criedthan once while reading this short and sweet little story For anyone looking for a Christmas story, this is it All of the plots and characters in it were amazingly written out Donna VanLiere is a great author As soon as I finished this story, I decided that I wanted to read the next book in this series, The Christmas Blessing This second book in the series is about Nathan However, he is grown up no Pardon me while I cry my eyes out This book was so good but so sad I definitely criedthan once while reading this short and sweet little story For anyone looking for a Christmas story, this is it All of the plots and characters in it were amazingly written out Donna VanLiere is a great author As soon as I finished this story, I decided that I wanted to read the next book in this series, The Christmas Blessing This second book in the series is about Nathan However, he is grown up now and not a little eight year old any.The size of the book is perfect for the type of book that it is It wasn t too slow paced, but it wasn t too fast paced It was just right.The cover is sweet too My sister first read this book and when I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it 5 stars to the front cover Wow I don t even know how to finish this review Of course, this book deserves 5 stars This story is a good reminder of the importance of being thankful for what we have We shouldn t go on about life simply wantingThis story made it clear that we all need to stop, take a breath, and be happy for what we have That is how we get into the Christmas spirit.Title The Christmas ShoesAuthor Donna VanLiereAuthor s Website Resolution 26This review is written in my own opinions and words

  9. Antof9 Antof9 says:

    I m not sure why I d start reading a book like this on the anniversary of the day my dad died, but I started it yesterday After sobbing through the first half, I put it down to finish it this evening It s one of those short, heartwarming stories where a hardened workaholic learns the true meaning of Christmas, someone dies actually multiple people die , and you really wish it was snowing outside In short, it was lovely, and I cried all the way through it.The perspective change throughout was I m not sure why I d start reading a book like this on the anniversary of the day my dad died, but I started it yesterday After sobbing through the first half, I put it down to finish it this evening It s one of those short, heartwarming stories where a hardened workaholic learns the true meaning of Christmas, someone dies actually multiple people die , and you really wish it was snowing outside In short, it was lovely, and I cried all the way through it.The perspective change throughout was a little confusing Every time a chapter started and the writer said I , I had to pay careful attention to which story I was reading I swear I re read the fake forward about three times being confused about Donna Van Liere writing about her wife.But it was still a great book, and I loved how Robert s mom yelled at him I also loved her neighbors, and Doris.It s great for a good cry and a reminder of what Christmas is all about And it s a quick read

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    4 StarsI did enjoy this story a lot It was inspirational and lovely and showed how just a little kindness can truly change someone s life.

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