This little book is a nice story that you can read in a day. It's about a little girl with cancer who befriends a homeless man at a shelter she is volunteering at during Christmas. He is a hurt, angry man who has run away from his life. She gives him a gift that changes everything for both of them. Very sweet.
May 27, 2008
Karen Kingsbury - always the best
I purchased this book years ago - loved the book. In recent years I purchased the complete Red Glove series. Of the 4 books in this series, this was the best ! Just shows how a little girl with leukemia and her love for God, changed a homeless man. I'm looking forward to watching the movie about this book that is coming in the future.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-09-30 Kingsbury (A Treasury of Christmas Miracles) tugs at the heartstrings in her modern-day Christmas parable. A homeless man named Earl Badgett loses his last connection to his dead wife and daughter when a pair of red gloves are stolen from his makeshift shelter in Portland, Ore. In a seemingly unrelated incident, a terminally ill eight-year-old girl named Gideon Mercer tries to cheer up Badgett when she serves him dinner at a mission, but he cruelly rejects the girl, not knowing that she has leukemia. The determined Gideon convinces her father, a lumber mill worker who has been forced into poverty by a recent layoff, to buy a token gift for the homeless man after her cancer goes into remission, but when she approaches Badgett with the gift he refuses to open it and berates her for her nave behavior. Gideon is heartbroken after this rejection, and her family is even more bereft when her cancer reappears and begins to advance. The girl's last hope for salvation is an expensive bone marrow transplant that her father can't afford, until Badgett finally makes an abrupt, generous turnaround. Kingsbury keeps her prose style economical and sleek throughout the narrative, and she steers clear of the temptation to get too sentimental, even when Badgett goes through his revelatory transformation. Parts of that transformation strain the bounds of credibility, but the authenticity of Kingsbury's holiday goodwill makes this a feel-good winner. (Oct. 10) Forecast: Kingsbury's reputation and an extensive advertising and marketing campaign should help this book and its inspirational message land in plenty of stockings this December. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-09-23 Kingsbury, a beloved novelist in the CBA market, is known for weepy tales replete with hospital bedside scenes, emotional reunions and miracles. This eager if predictable novella will please her established fans, and may win a few new ones as well, provided they are armed with enough Kleenex. In the story, the Scrooge-like Earl Badgett-a grumpy and aggressive version of the typical widower of CBA fiction-has his Christian faith revived through the efforts of an eight-year-old girl. Pious, mature children who lead adults back to faith were a staple of 19th-century domestic fiction, and remain so in the CBA today; sweet little Gideon Mercer is no exception. And if the novel's emotional quotient weren't high enough, she's even suffering from leukemia. Despite the overwrought stereotypes, Kingsbury writes quite well; her skill with pacing goes a long way toward redeeming this tired and contrived plot. (Oct. 10) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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