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Author: Donna VanLiere Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593973506
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The heartwarming sequel to the beloved New York Times bestseller The Christmas Shoes

From NewSong's smash-hit #1 single, to the blockbuster CBS television movie, to the New York Times bestselling novel, The Christmas Shoes has touched people's lives. Now, the story continues in The Christmas Blessing. Nathan Andrews is now a man; his greatest wish is to be a doctor. But beyond his studies of medicine, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, giving, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from a young woman with a disease that seems hopeless. But hope can exist in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Warm and sincere ... Readers will need a whole box of tissues for this one. Publishers Weekly

  • The plot's resolution will lift the reader's spirits to a new level. RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
  • Enough sentimentality to bring me to tears and strong characters I could visualize.... a perfect holiday gift to give or get. Book Reporter

  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2004

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/20/2014

    " Nice sequel to The Christmas Shoes. Nathan, the little boy from The Christmas Shoes, is grown up in this novel. It was a quick read and nicely written. I enjoyed seeing how Nathan turned out all these years later. This novel has many of the characters from the original book and also introduces new characters.....and their lives intertwine in this inspirational story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/16/2014

    " Okay this is a really good feeling holiday tear jerker, I love these books during the holidays. Its helps me appriciate what i have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/14/2014

    " Tear jerking! Great book if you're coping with loss or terminal illness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rana | 2/11/2014

    " Touching story... definite tear jerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clacie | 2/1/2014

    " this was a cute story and i look forward to continuing with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ngdecker | 1/19/2014

    " I thought this would be too hard to read - about children being extremely ill - but I finally decided to keep reading. I really loved the book and was glad I read it. So much to think about. But this might not be the book for everyone because of the difficult subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 1/13/2014

    " This was the type of Christmas book I was looking forward to reading as the Holiday Season approached. Filled with Hope, Faith and Miracles from beginning to end. I was beyond excited at how much this story hit home for me. Like one of the main characters Meghan, my sister has overcome Medical miracles to become an elite runner, so I particularly enjoyed this story. Also, as a sequel, I did not read "The Christmas Shoes" and don't feel I needed to in order to keep up with this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricialogan8 | 1/7/2014

    " The book was wonderful, I loved the story, except that the mother died of heart disease not cancer, as the summary describes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 11/18/2013

    " predictable but sweet and hearwarming :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mum | 11/12/2013

    " It's a good story, very poorly written. Normally I can survive bad writing, with a good story, but this one kept going to the bottom of the pile. I was reading about 1854 cholera epidemic in London instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 10/31/2013

    " This was a nice follow up to her first book, The Christmas Shoes. Actually I liked this book a bit more. I really enjoyed the message of the story and such a nice read during the holiday season, but the message is relevant throughout the year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 10/27/2013

    " I loved this one too! It wasn't quite as sad as the first one but it was a book to cry at! And if you've seen the movie, it's nothing like the book, the book is so much better! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 10/25/2013

    " Ok. A bit sappy, a bit not technically and medically precise, a bit too predictable. Overall I give it 3 stars for moving slow and not really shaking me. I did like some of the quotes before chapters. Easy read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicen | 8/12/2013

    " I loved this story. So heartwarming. I hadn't read the Christmas Shoes which is apparently the prequal to this but I will next christmas thats for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zekkaina | 8/4/2013

    " I think this was one of my favorite of the "Christmas" books by Mrs. VanLiere. Seeing Nathan (the "shoe boy") all grown up and falling in love ... =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 6/2/2013

    " Good wholesome reading, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mommywest | 4/21/2013

    " The next book after The Christmas Shoes. A wonderful story that intertwines the characters of the first book together, as well as introducing new ones, in a beautiful way. Another holiday MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherilyn | 1/30/2013

    " I loved this book. It was feeled with many wonderful messages of love, facing trials head on and the love of families. I will read this again along with the Christmas Shoes. It was a great book on Hope "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2013

    " Must read if you've read #1! Tear jerker too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 10/17/2012

    " Great story! Couldn't put it down when I started. A quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawnya | 6/25/2012

    " So that I could say that I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelleyn | 6/20/2012

    " Great quick read around the holidays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 3/29/2012

    " I love and hate the ending. I can't believe Charlie died, but I'm glad Meagan lived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 2/6/2012

    " This was a great story, but a real tear-jerker. It seems like you personally get to know the characters, and seems like you know them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 11/26/2011

    " Awesome sequel. Can read this one without reading the other one but you will have missed out! I saw there was a third. I hope to find it soon!!!! Wonderful book to read during the Christmas season! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reba | 9/15/2011

    " Schmaltzy and predictable, but a nice little uplifting story. Not an awful book to end the year with, and it does fit the season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilou | 4/7/2011

    " A book about hope exisitng in the darkest places, and how love is always the greatest gift of all.
    All of her books are good. Several are TV movies on LMN. She has a way of touching even the coldest of hearts.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rana | 4/3/2011

    " Touching story... definite tear jerker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/2/2011

    " A warm and wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/12/2011

    " I loved this book. It is a great story about tribulations and surviving them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sababa | 1/7/2011

    " It was not a bad book. I liked the plot but I felt the characters needed a bit more depth. At first the story was not clear enough and it lacked something. But I really loved how the story ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mommywest | 1/5/2011

    " The next book after The Christmas Shoes. A wonderful story that intertwines the characters of the first book together, as well as introducing new ones, in a beautiful way. Another holiday MUST READ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/4/2011

    " 2.5 stars Contrived and predictable, and totally lacking in character depth, but if you are looking for a schmaltzy Christmas story it's fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/3/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 12/21/2010

    " This sequel to "The Christmas Shoes" is a lot more enjoyable than the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 12/14/2010

    " This was a really good book, kinda sad. I really liked it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/8/2010

    " Tear jerker!! But such a good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/7/2010

    " Starting another sappy story! LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/1/2010

    " This book is about Nathan the boy from The Christmas Shoes, now a medical student. It reflects back to his childhood memories and applies to how he lives today and the man he has become. This story is filled with love and I really enjoyed this heartfelt easy read. "

About the Author

Donna VanLiere is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eight books, including The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, The Christmas Hope, and The Angels of Morgan Hill. She has earned a number of awards for her writing, including a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction and a Silver Angel Award for Inspirational Book, and she has been nominated for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has won five Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher’s Association, fourteen Earphone Awards, and two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. He was named a 2008 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared on stage as well as in film and television, and he is a veteran voice actor who can be heard in numerous cartoons and video games. He is one of the founders of New York City’s Collective Unconscious theater, and his performances include the award-winning “reality play” Charlie Victor Romeo and A. R. McElhinney’s cult classic film A Chronicle of Corpses.