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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Landon Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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Author and director Michael Landon, Jr., and Cindy Kelley - screenwriters behind the popular Love Comes Softly films - deliver a heartwarming Depression-era tale of a devoted mother and her disabled son.

The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty - for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn't wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Jack are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled. Especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then arrives The Gift...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Jack. Will it be enough?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary (BookHounds) | 2/14/2014

    " I have to admit I really enjoyed this book even though I did cry during parts of it. The story centers around Jack who is deaf and mute and has a gift of predicting the future by writing down bible verse numbers that would lead to a passage applicable to someone's situation. Just when you think it couldn't get worse for Jack and his mother, the situation turns dire and you wonder how this family can make it. Mary, Jack's mother, finds strength to continue. All in all, this is a very heartwarming tale. I will definitely look for more of this author's work. I received this book from the publisher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/8/2014

    " In the beginning Mary is living with her husband and their son Jack during the Great Depression. Jack does not communicate with others which his mother embraces as being who Jack is and his father holds against them both. One night Mary learns that her husband is planning on leaving them both (with all of their money and overdue bills) so Mary takes Jack and (literally) runs. She learns during this time that Jack can communicate (and see the future) through the word of God. Mary is not certain what to do with her knowledge of his gift and the family goes through many highs and lows always with the best intentions. It was a heartwarming story that at many moments reminded me of the screenwriting of Michael Landon Sr. "

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

    " Best book I have read in a long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angee | 1/25/2014

    " Very touching story. It catches your attention with the first words. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 1/25/2014

    " There were a couple of parts that I thought were a little strange but otherwise I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 1/25/2014

    " Liked the story, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 1/22/2014

    " Good book. How often we think God does not care or doubt He exists. This book speaks to that and more. Great ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shasta Adams | 1/19/2014

    " This book is heart wrenching but I loved it! I couldn't put it down once I started it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was a story that tugged at my heart and I had to know things would work out. It didn't work out as I thought it would and that's a good thing. We don't always want to read the expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/18/2014

    " Loved this book and it would make a really good hallmark movie written and directed by Michael Landon Jr. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stormie Walston | 12/23/2013

    " Moving. Easy read. Worthwhile Christian fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/29/2013

    " I loved this book. It is a wonderful story filled with mystery, anticipation, excitement, and above all....love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desirae | 11/18/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was not what i was expecting the way that it ended. But i still liked the book, and it was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 10/16/2013

    " This book was good. Not too violent, not any offensive language, but was definitely intense and hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lncropper | 10/10/2013

    " Though I am a religiious person, I really did not like this book. There is, in literature, a need for "suspension of disbelief" in an unlikely plot. I just could not get past the basic premise of the book or some of the too-good-to-be-true coincidences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 10/9/2013

    " This plot is too contrived for my taste. It is predictable and shallow. I was very disappointed in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 9/27/2013

    " This books was so depressing... too many sad things happened to this family... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Macneal | 9/7/2013

    " This was a very touching story. The author draws you in. It was hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy B | 6/24/2013

    " This book was really good! It's a good mix of heart-warming, frustrating, and then back to heart-warming again. I enjoyed it all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Benvin | 4/3/2013

    " Wish I could give this book 7 stars. Absolutly wonderful story. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/3/2013

    " I like books set in the early 1900's. This was a touching book about a mother's love, and the length she will go for her child. I liked all the different characters that Mary and Jack came in contact with. Some of them even surprised me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L. Chandler | 10/1/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It provided a very good discussion for my book discussion group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/9/2012

    " Very good could hardly put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jeanne | 6/15/2012

    " I was going to give this 3 stars, but the last few pages really caught me. It brought tears to my eyes. The mother's emotional struggle to do right for her child, at any cost was extremely powerful. This book reminds us that people should never underestimate the bond between a mother and a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 6/13/2012

    " I like the dynamic relationship between mother and son. Not your norm but I truly enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynnda Ell | 11/25/2011

    " How can a gift be lived in a way to that protects the guilty and harms the innocent? This is not a "comfortable" book. It's a little on the dark side for me. The characters portrayed as "good" are too flawed, while the bad guys have no redeeming qualities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tally | 11/25/2011

    " Quick read. Author is very imaginative. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 9/26/2011

    " It's a really quick read. "

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About the Author

Michael Landon, Jr., son of the Little House on the Prairie star, has been building his own reputation in the film world and beyond with his highly successful Love Comes Softly movies. His Christian worldview illuminates all his work. He and his wife make a home for their three children near Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.