Micah Connors promised his mother he would be good in their new town. But with Christmas only three days away, being escorted home by the sheriff does not bode well. Can the towering officer be trusted not to tell what happened? Perhaps the ramshackle stable that has appeared on Main Street will sidetrack him from spilling the day's events, or maybe his interest in Micah's widowed mother will do the trick. The last thing Dawn Connors needs is to hear her son is in trouble. She has enough to worry about with her husband gone and her daughter, Annie, ill. Even though Micah has told his sister the rustic structure in the middle of town is simply part of the town's holiday decorations, Annie is sure that unseen angels are building the crude stable, which means baby Jesus is coming, and He can make her better. Terrified that his little sister might die, Micah vows to find the baby Jesus for Annie, even if it is only a plastic doll. But as Micah gets nearer to his goal he finds that angels are closer than he ever would have believed.
All Micah wants to do is take care of his mother and his sister, but he seems to attract trouble, even as he tries to avoid it, no matter how hard he tries. He misses his father, wishes his mother didn't have to work so hard for so little, and is afraid his sister Annie will die from the side-effects of rheumatic fever. Annie loves looking out the window and watching the mysterious nativity take shape in town. In her simple faith, she believes that when the baby Jesus arrives in the manger she can get better.
As Micah searches for a way to make his little sister happy, he learns an important lesson about life and judging others. From a crusty, soft-hearted sheriff and a town tramp with hidden secrets, Micah also learns that angels are real and are often not only people you know, but people you least suspect. At once tender and heart warming, this is a beautiful Christmas story about love, service and faith in God. You'll shed a few tears, but you'll also be left thinking about the angels in your own life.
Thanks to the author for the opportunity to review this wonderful story. You can find out more about Kathi Oram Peterson here and on her blog. You can purchase the book here and here.
I'm holding a contest called An Angel in Your Life Contest. Here's the lowdown on it. The contest runs from now until December 15th. Anyone can enter by simply emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and writing about an experience you have had with someone who became an angel in your life. The winner will be announced on my blog. A gift certificate from either Seagull Book or Deseret Book will be given to the winner and an "Angel" in his/her life. This contest celebrates the selfless, kind acts performed daily, many times unnoticed. If you are like me, many people have helped you through times of trouble. Let's face it, life is tough and the small acts of kindness shown to us by others needs to be remembered and celebrated especially during the holidays. Christmas brings out the best in people and I wanted to give others the opportunity to thank those who have touched their lives in a profound way. Hopefully this contest will remind us of the angels in our lives.
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