A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places
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A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Hallman comes thirteen beautifully crafted stories that gently guide readers into the hallways of faith—openly asking questions, exploring scenarios, and finally coming to the beginnings of a breathing faith.Tom Hallman’s unexpected journey toward faith began with a routine assignment to write a feature piece for The Oregonian newspap...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Howard Books
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Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "A Stranger’s Gift”
Author: Tom Hallman, Jr.
Published By: Howard Books
Age Recommended: 17+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: This book is a valuable collection of inspirational stories that will help you through your life in many ways. Tom Hallman, Jr. takes you on a journey that will move you and bring you closer to God.
A beautiful book, one to cherish and keep on the shelf to read again and again.
Ted Magnuson
The author approaches his journey to faith analytically—as befits a
journalist trained in the ‘who, what, where, and when of things.’
A novelist myself, an early scene in the book grabbed at me. On September 11, 2001, Tom’s flight home from Chicago had turned back to O’hare. Subsequently, Hallman found himself on a Westbound Amtrak, the passengers all encapsulated in a bubble, totally thrown off their routine by the events of the day. Bunched together in the dining car, the passengers “asked eac...more
Christian Fiction Addiction

When I picked up this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Was I about to read a book that would hold my interest, or one that would just come across as preachy? Would I find myself able to relate to the people portrayed in it's pages? The answer to both questions is that Tom Hallman has written a book that is utterly engaging, sure to capture your attention from start to finish, and one that is filled with everyday people whose lives reflect the uncertainty and doubt and moments of discove...more
Starr Griggs
A Stranger’s Gift by Tom Hallman Jr.

Howard Books – April 3, 20112
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Source: Libby Reed from Howard Books for Review
Rating: This book wasn’t for me.

I received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is a book that I struggled a lot with. Faith is such a deeply personal experience that I am not sure if my opinion even matters. I didn’t really connect with the stories of the people’s faith experiences. This may be...more
Dan Appel

This book is a conundrum for me!

My wife and I have been reading it to each other in the evenings. It is often tedious yet is a book that keeps drawing you back for more.

Tom Hallman is a Pulitzer winning journalist who documents his own personal journey from indifferent agnostic to growing believer in Jesus. He illustrates that journey by telling of the people God brought into his life at just the right moment to either help him find answers to the questions which troubled him or to nudge him a...more
I am not exactly sure what I expected this book to be, but having met the author at a Poynter Institute writers' workshop, I had very high expectation as his feature writing is highly acclaimed. I think I expected to be immediately transformed and whisked away by emotion as I read Hallman's book – but I was not. 'Faith' does make a number of points that encourage one to look within themselves, but the stories of the people whose paths crossed his in his faith journey, did leave me unsatisfied an...more
Well written. I liked his premise that faith is best pursued with questions...however inconvenient or distressing. the stories he used were interesting. However, I gave it away before I finished it - some of the messages being put forward just didn't correspond closely enough to my beliefs.
Aug 31, 2012 Annie marked it as to-read
I won this book from goodreads first reads but I have not received it yet. I look forward to reading it once I get it.
It has been so long since I won I don't think I will ever receive this book! Booo! I refuse to buy it :{ so I will never read it.
Bill Russell
I love stories of authentic spiritual quests. Tom and I share in Carl Parsons' story - so I feel involved in the book. But read it to help you write the story of your journey!
Apr 06, 2012 Robin marked it as to-read
Reading Hallman's pieces in the Oregonian is always a treat. This will be worth a try.
Apr 29, 2012 Debbie marked it as to-read
Waiting on it's arrival! Sounds very interesting!
Aug 22, 2012 Bridget marked it as to-read
I still haven't received this book!!!
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