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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna VanLiere Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970291
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Already a Christmas classic, The Christmas Shoes, is an extraordinary tale based on the remarkably popular song of the same name. The heartwarming story by NewSong instantly soared to the top of the charts, mesmerizing listeners. The books has captured the hearts of readers everywhere.

The Christmas Shoes follows the paths of a man and a boy through one fateful, snowy Christmas. Beautifully rendered and poignantly touching The Christmas Shoes tells a take of hope, love and faith.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Has precious gifts for all of us. The Washington Times

  • “A heartwarming story. Publishers Weekly

  • Heart-tugging...an inspiring Christmas story. BookPage
  • A delightful book. Tampa Tribune & Times
  • Heartwarming. The Sanford Herald
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2003

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shonda Burns | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent book, perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/15/2014

    " Good quick read, but I cried through nearly the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/10/2014

    " I really strongly dislike the Christmas Shoes song that is played over and over on the radio at this time of year, but this book (the story behind the song) was much better. The story is told in first person by the man who ended up paying for the little boy's shoes. It was a cute and touching little story, and a very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 2/8/2014

    " Why are such books written? Why would one want to tug at my heartstrings so? Why would one make me refer this book to my mother & my sister? Why make me go hunt out the second in the series to continue this torture? Why, Why, Why??? I believe this book was also a song & a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/3/2014

    " This had me crying the whole time. It was such a good book though. The author did a good job winding the lives together and making it still clear. It will probably become a Christmas tradition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandma | 2/2/2014

    " Whatlove really means at Christmas time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 1/22/2014

    " I listened to this book after eye surgery. Crying was not recommended, but unavoidable. Love knows many forms and this story shows some of them. "

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

    " The beginning of a great Christmas series. The narrator alternates between two stories that soon cross each other. Robert is a successsful attorney who is losing his family in the process of trying to get a better job. Nathan on the other hand has adifferent problem. Just only eight years old and he is going to lose his mother. Maggie, his mother, was diagnosed with cancer and it seems as she is not going to make it. Nathan desperate to make his mother happy before she goes to God, goes to the store and finds a pair of red shoes which he think will be great for his mother. While on the line, Robert, the attorney is there doing some last minute Christmas shopping. Finally it's Nathan's turn, but he does not have enough money. Suddenly losing hope, he turns to Robert ( who is right behind him) and asks for help telling him his story. At that moment Robert learns a valuable lesson. Somethimes the smallest things in our lives make all the difference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Peake | 1/18/2014

    " My Favorite Christmas Book, I read it every year to get in the Christmas Spirit. So many people made helped this little boy be able to cope with the death of his MOM. Ethan unknowingly touched a lot of lives too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Honeycutt | 1/18/2014

    " Great Christmas read. Loved ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 1/17/2014

    " Read my thoughts at: Thoughts of Joy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Engeman | 1/12/2014

    " Beautiful and sad but so worth it "

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

    " Sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference...Merry Christmas Everyone..:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 12/5/2013

    " A very sad little book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/1/2013

    " Great Christmas book. I pull it out every Christmas and re-read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 11/28/2013

    " Good quick read that makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 9/23/2013

    " I think it took me a little over an hour to read this. A very short novel with a very powerful message. Cancer sucks. A heartwarming Christmas story that makes you think about your own family, friends, and relationship with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 8/23/2013

    " I re-read this every Christmas. It is a great reminder of what is really important. It's a tear jerker though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlene | 4/2/2013

    " A sweet story. The song always makes me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 3/20/2013

    " A in interesting story with two intertwining stories that come together at the very end to impact each other heavily. Although it is a sad story at the same time it is somewhat inspiring and thought provoking to really consider what is important in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 2/4/2013

    " One of the few Christmas books I have read. It is very emotional and heartwarming, a type of book I rarely read. It's cliche but a good Christmas read. I actually really liked the marriage lessons to be learned more than anything else in the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaclyn | 4/24/2012

    " I love this book. It makes me cry everytime I read it but it's such a sweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonora | 3/18/2012

    " This is a good book. It makes you think....It also brought tears to my eyes, because life shouldn't be taken for granted. You never know what's going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy T | 1/26/2012

    " A nice easy read for the holidays! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Butterfly | 10/15/2011

    " An awesome book that mad me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/12/2011

    " Another one of my favorite holiday reads. A movie was made of this book, and it is good. So get your tissues and be ready for a good cry! I hope that I am aware of others needs and willing to be an instrument in God's hands to fill the needs of others for him. I love the Christmas season! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ada Jacobsen | 10/5/2011

    " Very Good Would Recommend to anyone "

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

    " Sweet story and certainly a tear jerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/22/2011

    " Sappy but still moved me to tears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 1/31/2011

    " Found this on the dollar shelf of Halfprice Books. Recommended by a friend...lets see. Mmmm it was ok kind of like a very short Richard Paul Evans or Nicholas Sparks book, read it in probably one hour. It was a little too predictable for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/4/2011

    " I was given this book as a gift and enjoyed it a lot. It is a "Hallmark" type of story. A few tears were necessary before it ended. "

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

    " This is the best of the series. Be sure to have tissue ready. You'll cry. "

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

    " Another sad one that I cried through. Good ending though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/21/2010

    " A wonderful story to think about at Christmas. "

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About the Author
Author Donna VanLiereDonna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Her much-loved Christmas Hope series includes The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies for CBS Television, The Christmas Secret, The Christmas Journey and The Christmas Hope, which was adapted into a film by Lifetime. She is also the author of The Angels of Morgan Hill and Finding Grace. VanLiere is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, and a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year. She is a gifted speaker speaks regularly at conferences. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and their children.
About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.