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Remembering Christmas

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,463 ratings  ·  233 reviews
In this contemporary story, a family crisis brings an estranged son home for the holidays where he rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas and family.
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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I almost did not read this book. I am not big on books where the first page says "Present Day" and you know it's going to be a flashback book. I don't mind the flashback-type books TOO much but I figured it would be most of the story and I wasn't sure I wanted to sit through that. I am so glad I did.

I won't go into all the details of what the book is about. You can read that in the synopsis or in other reviews. What I will say is that this was one of the most moving stories I've read in a very,
Remembering Christmas is one of those books that though, simple in it's telling, packs a powerful punch emotionally. Dan Walsh proves yet again that he is a master storyteller, with his latest release of forgiveness and family.

What I love about Mr. Walsh's books is how deep all of his characters are, and there is always more than what first meets the eye. Every character is complex and miles deep, each with their own struggle, and yet Mr. Walsh weaves all the ends in beautifully (yet not painle
A sweet little Christmas read and a lesson in a child's perceptions not always being correct.
Giovanni Gelati
I have been reading a lot of death and mayhem lately so I was lucky enough to dig this out of the reading pile and get to it. Just the cure for a respite from cars blowing up, end of the world scenarios and terrorists, unless of course you count nice old ladies coming into bookstores terrorists; they come in all shapes and sizes you know.
Dan Walsh delivers a very twist on a classic theme and does it with a very nice deft touch and plenty of panache. These are not words I usually get to use in my
Sarah Sundin
In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh writes with humor and a fun bit of attitude - and still writes a heartwarming tale. The story delighted me, and one twist completely surprised me. Realistic and lovable characters - even shallow Rick - and the refreshing Florida beach town setting make this a memorable Christmas story. I loved Dan's previous novels, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. Remembering Christmas is sure to please his fans and to enthrall new readers as well. ...more
I really did like this Christmas novel. If I could I would give it a 3 1/2 star rating. The characters were realistic, likeable and interesting. It is a christian novel so there are several references to being saved, and that was fine with me. Most reviewers gave this a higher rating than I did, and although I thought the book was good, it just wasn't a page turner for me and it was a little predictable.

The story has some romance, some family dynamics that everyone has....divorce, single parent
In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh has written a story that’s sure to be a holiday classic. The story opens when Rick Denton, a successful (and self-centered) individual, receives a phone call from his mother asking for his help in the bookstore she and her husband own. Rick’s stepfather, Art, has suffered a brain aneurysm and is hovering between life and death.
Grudgingly , Rick travels to the small town of Sea Breeze, Florida, grumbling all the while about giving up his ski vacation. He avoid
Rick Denton, career minded, business oriented, climbing the ladder to success is thankful to have left his childhood home in Florida years ago. Rick's father left the family when Rick was very young, and Rick blames his mother for the loss. He hates it even more when his mother remarries his stepdad Art who tries to father Rick, when Rick still longs for his own father. Wanting no relationship with Art, Rick barely keeps in touch with his mother and stepfather.

Rick's Mother out of the blue call
Gail Welborn
On a scale of 1-10, Walsh's Christmas story is a 12+

Remembering Christmas, a Novel, by Dan Walsh, Revell, 2011, Hardcover, 272 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0800719791, $15.99

JD nervously paced, peeking around the corner to look for Art who had never been late one time this past year with his Egg McMuffin. He heard his belly rumbling, but this morning he needed “the heat from Art’s coffee to take the chill out of his bones” more than the food.

He had come to count on Art’s generosity over the past year af
Shari Larsen
As the story opens, Rick Denton is looking back on the holiday season of 1980. At that time, he was successful with his career, and living his life on on his own terms. When his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend, begging him to come home after his step father suffers what at first appears to be a stoke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He has never liked Art and always resented his presence in his life, despite the fact that Rick's father abandoned him when he was 12. He has also always ...more
Amber Stokes
Remembering Christmas is a life-affirming, hopeful Christmas story. The hero, Rick, is introduced as a frustrating, inconsiderate, self-centered man - whose attitudes and actions aren't so unfamiliar after all. He learns some valuable lessons about compassion and understanding as Walsh twists all the characters' lives into one lovely braid of a book.

For some, the holiday season is spent in hospital halls or out on the streets, homeless. And yet hope remains, and God is at work even in the suffer
Dan Walsh writes "Remembering Christmas"

We probably all have special memories of this time of the year but Rick Denton lives through some really special ones and finds out some answers to questions he has had all his life.
One cold winter in Florida Rick will come to terms with many things in his life and learn more then he bargained for when he found out that his stepfather was in hospital in critical condition and he came home to help his Mom with their business "The Book Nook".
This little chri
Remembering Christmas is written in a simplistic style, and yet for the message that it delivers, flowery language is not really needed. Rick, the main character, not only remembers a particular Christmas, but unearths repressed memories that make him realize just how much he had forgotten - about his mother, his father and especially his step-father, Art. When Rick has to go home to take care of his mother Leanne and Art's store, after Art suffers a brain aneurysm, he must confront these memori ...more
This story was one that I found truly heartwarming. I bought it because I'd read other books by the same author and enjoyed them a lot. Normally stories that have a Christmas theme seem a bit sappy to me, but I decided to try it anyway. I thought it was cool that the story was set in 1980 since that was during my childhood. So many of the events mentioned in the novel I actually remembered. I loved how the author showed several perspectives, and how the hero's heart softened over time because of ...more
Rick Denton is a successful CPA, striving to climb the corporate ladder. His father left when he was a boy, and over the years Rick has created an image of his father and what their happy reunion would be. He rejected his stepfather, Art, and distanced himself from his mother, Leanne, and has little contact with them. When his mother calls to ask for Rick's help running their little bookstore after his stepfather suffers from an aneurysm he reluctantly returns to his hometown. When he encounters ...more
Rick Denton had spent his life angry and bitter at his stepfather, Art, for some perceived transgressions Art committed against Rick, namely marrying his mom, Leeann. When Art suffers a medical crisis and Rick is called home to care for Art and Leeanne's Christian bookstore, many old feelings surface. Rick is forced to confront his emotional baggage and face past hurts that are holding him in bondage from living a full life. Ultimately, REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Is a story of redemption, faith, and ...more
Rachel Lubow
Remembering Christmas is a lovely tribute to a sweet, caring, generous, thoughtful couple (Dan Walsh's description in the Author's Note). This couple's love is beautiful. When the husband, Art, is hospitalized, the fear and grief of the wife, Leanne, are stunningly expressed. Not only these two characters, but also the others--even background characters--are solid and convincing. For example, two sisters frequent the Book Nook, the Christian bookstore Art and Leanne own. One sister explains the ...more
Beckie Burnham
I always try to read a few Christmas-themed novels during the holidays. I have quite a few downloaded on my Kindle, so the choice is sometimes difficult. As I was viewing the titles I had on hand, I found Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh. I had forgotten all about buying this title, so I was excited about this treat by one of my favorite authors. Wow! This one is a great read and one that I will continually recommend.

Rick Denton has a strained relationship with his mother and a non-existent on
I was in the mood for a good Christmas story and was blessed with this great one. The story is as warm and real as the book cover. The character development was drawn as skillfully and realistically as portraits, even for the secondary characters. I even shed a few tears for this young Scrooge who grew a heart the hard way. Please don't be scared off by reviewers who compare Walsh to Nicholas Sparks--I sure can't see it--Walsh is so much better. I definitely want to read more books by Dan Walsh.
Andrea Stoeckel
read 12/12/14. 10+ stars ebook, read your freebies, Christian Fiction

"If he closed his eyes, he could see it all so clearly. The Book Nook. The place where his life had changed forever."( from the Prologue)

This is THE BOOK I'd give adults this Christmas if I could. I started it as a lark this morning after being disappointed about another "Christmas themed" book. It's now 11:30 pm the same day. That's how good it is. I write this truthfully, no gushing.

The book is told in memories of a much olde
Christmastime is the right time for some sappy, happy reads, and this fits the bill. While I'm sure that many "serious" readers will poo-poo this I enjoyed it for what it was, a bit of seasonal tinsel. The author never lets you forget that this tale is told in flashback. He goes a little overboard with his use of brands, music artists, current events,and icons of 1980. that being said, about half-way through this, I began to really warm up to the story, and I think the writing improved somewhat, ...more
Awesome heartwarming book !!!

This is the first book I've ever read by Dan Walsh and it certainly won't be the last... such wonderful characters and story you find yourself on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it all turns out... it is now shortly after midnight and WAY past my bedtime but I had to know how it all came out... transformation and change and just keeping on doing your best are all wonderful themes to me as I wait to see how God will work it all out in the stories I read and i
A wholesome Christmas tale set in the early 1980s.
Jerri Jarvis
I really wanted to like this - It sounded like it would be my cup of tea. Unfortunately, Mr. Walsh did not "flesh" out his characters well enough for me to be thoroughly engaged. The storyline was watered down too, until the very end when there was a tiny twist which I liked.

I have read and enjoyed other "Christian" fiction, so the fact that this book falls in that genre was not a problem, although it does get a little heavy-handed at times in a preachy kind of way. Unfortunately, this is not a
Wow, it's been a very long time since I've read a recently published book as satisfying and uplifting as this one.

As a book collector I read a lot of books that are now out-of-print and I've noticed that many of those "old-fashioned" books were published when goodness, kindness, and a sincere change of heart were still considered important elements of a story, instead of something to avoid, or even deride. I suspect part of the reason for my collecting is that something about this kind of writi
Rick Denton has left his life as a teen at home behind. Now he is in a high powered job in Georgia, far away from his mom and step dad in Florida. Living the life! At least he thinks he is, but he finds that the waking up with hangovers and dating a different woman each night, might not be "the life."

He does know however that the thought of staying in Florida and helping run his mom and step dad's Christian bookstore is not his idea of a great time. No matter how good looking their assistant is
Rick Denton hasn’t had an easy life. His dad left Rick and his mom when he was just twelve years old. His mom found the love of her life but Rick never cared for his stepfather and put up walls so he and the man never were close. Rick makes a life for himself away from them and does the minimum family stuff required to stay in touch.

Then his stepfather suffers a stroke and his mom reaches out to Rick for help. They own a small Christian book store and holiday shopping helps the store stay open a
Eddie Snipes
Remembering Christmas is a nice cozy holiday novel. The settings is in the 1980s in a small town in Costal Florida. A young man struggles through finding his way in life after his father leaves. Though he doesn’t realize it until later in life, he has become bitter toward others. He pursues success in business, but doesn’t realize how little his growing wealth means until he’s forced to return home because of a family emergency. His step father is hospitalized and he gets a taste of the way of l ...more
Author: Dan Walsh
Publisher: Revell
November 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1979-1
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary/Christmas

Rick Denton is an accountant, who lives his life on his own terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. He is planning on going skiing with his friends close to Christmas when his mother calls. Rick’s step-father, Art, had suffered from an apparent stroke and she needed him.

Rick wasn’t real happy, but he’d be a bad son if he didn’t go to his m
One Christmas--actually the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas--changed the life of a self-centered, cynical, successful young man who had always idolized the father he hadn't seen since his father walked out when Rick was eight. He had never accepted his stepfather and blamed his mother for his father's leaving. His mother asked for his help while she stayed at the hospital with her critically ill husband. He thought he would spend the Thanksgiving weekend helping out. He wasn't happy ab ...more
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Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 Carol Awards and has been published in several editions and different languages. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 5 years later and has sold over 50,000 copies.

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“He said, 'Charlie, how would you treat people if you knew you didn't have to fix them? If you knew that was God's job, and all He was asking of you was show them His love, maybe tell them some things He wanted them to know?” 6 likes
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