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Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  228 ratings  ·  50 reviews
While visiting the Holy Land, Amanda answers the prayers of a stranger . . . and begins an amazing Christmas journey.

Amanda Vance is ambivalent about her husband’s idea for a big family holiday up north. Last year she planned a special Christmas in their own home, carefully preparing a nursery and the keepsake ornaments for their newborn. Now that room stands as empty as h
Paperback, 217 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story is the first book I've read by Davis Bunn and I really wish I could say that I enjoyed it but I am afraid I will not read anything else from this author. I know that I am not the best writer in the world so maybe I shouldn’t have a gripe when it comes to grammar or sentence structure—but this author is a serious abuser of conjunctions. One sentence alone held as many as five and I would nearly groan every single time I saw the word “and” used. Also, the d ...more
Amanda is suffering after the loss of her child. When a neighbor offers her the opportunity to travel to Israel, her husband urges her to accept. The trip opens her eyes to things she'd been missing for a very long time. She learns that sometimes stepping out of our own grief to answer the prayer of another grieving person is just the thing we need to begin our own healing.

The story is set around Christmas time. But it can be read any time of the year, because it is a story about forgiveness, he
This is the perfect book to put your heart in the right place at Christmastime. Heartwarming. Festive. Helps you to discover the true story behind Christmas.

This is my first book to read from Mr. Bunn, although I've heard great reviews of his books for years. I wasn't let down. I enjoyed Prayers of a Stranger SO MUCH!

Amanda Vance is a woman with a heart full of long-held grief. She makes it the Holy Land for a special vacation away from her job at the hospital. There are things she's avoided for
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I'm starting to sense God's presence in all things, especially in the latest books I've been writing and Prayers of A Stranger by one of my favorite authors, Davis Bunn is certainly no exception. In fact I've highlighted more passages that spoke to me personally than I think I ever had in a book before and to me, that means something.

"It's a shame that life does not give us a time free of other worries when we can heal."

In the novel, Prayers of A Stranger, Davis Bunn accomplishes something more

Author: Davis Bunn
Published By: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Prayers of a Stranger" by Davis Bunn was indeed a wonderful read that really touched me from deep down. This writer really knows how to truly touch ones heart from his writing. "Prayers of a Stranger" was a novel of 'the healing and of the friendships of forgiveness' was simply wonderful. We find in the read that Amanda and her husband Christopher Vance had su
Debbie Phillips
Dec 17, 2013 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult
Another great Christmas story I chose and read this season. With fun quotes like this, “You know what they say, dear. God gave us friends to make up for our families.” (35) LOL

A story about healing. A story that takes place in the USA and in Israel, Bethlehem even. Very appropriate for a Christmas story. A story where God is very present. God works the best where healing is needed. There is always something to uplift and speak to my heart in a Davis Bunn book, like this quote.

“It's important th
Amanda Vance is ambivalent about her husband’s idea for a big family holiday up north. Last year she planned a special Christmas in their own home, carefully preparing a nursery and the keepsake ornaments for their newborn. Now that room stands as empty as her heart.

Then a neighbor’s mishap turns into a last-minute chance for Amanda to take a much-needed vacation to tour the Holy Land.

An extraordinary turn of events allows Amanda to help answer a young mother’s plea for healing. Then, filled wit
I listened to this on my hoopla app on my phone. What a great story of a life mundane, transformed into a vibrant tapestry because of the kindness of a neighbor! (and a few other people as well) I loved the story of this hurting, wounded couple who were just surviving after a tragedy. The hand of God was so evident in the arrangement of the journey that would restore hope and purpose in their lives. I've never wanted to visit Israel, but I'm sure glad these characters did. Can't really say much ...more
SUMMARY: While visiting the Holy Land, Amanda answers the prayers of a stranger . . . and begins an amazing Christmas journey.

Amanda Vance is ambivalent about her husband’s idea for a big family holiday up north. Last year she planned a special Christmas in their own home, carefully preparing a nursery and the keepsake ornaments for their newborn. Now that room stands as empty as her heart.

Then a neighbor’s mishap turns into a last-minute chance for Amanda to take a much-needed vacation to tour
A touching novel surrounding love and healing after the loss of a child. Amanda and Christopher are both coping in different ways, Chris launches himself into leading his offices Bible Study whilst Amanda has had to leave her NICU nursing career for the less painful option of assistant to the head of her hospital.

I warn you, you are going to be spitting fire at Chris' sister, who quite frankly is the most insensitive, cold-hearted woman, I've ever "met". Her callousness at the loss of her niece
Travel with me to the land of miracles. Where is this? Here, there, but mostly right in your heart. Feel again that sense of awe you had when you first gave your total all to God, whether that was decades ago, or today.
Reading this novel, I remembered again that feeling I had when I once again gave everything, including my dreams to the Savior who loves me more than anyone could. I too, prayed that I could carry that feeling of euphoria into my daily life and that it would change the way I look
Amy Bradsher
Bunn has written an intense yet inspirational look at a couple's journey through the loss of a child. Walking through mourning with Amanda as she searches for healing is both educational and inspiring. It's all too easy to think that those who have suffered a loss should be ready to move on when we are, but we all must heal on our own God-given schedules. Bunn offers a very compassionate view of this dilemma, painting vividly the issues this can create in our families and friendships but also sh ...more
Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey was a pleasant quick read for the Christmas season but not on the same par as the many other books I have read by Davis Bunn. The story focuses on 2 families---Amanda and her husband Chris---and Frank and Emily Wright and their daughter Lisa. Amanda has been struggling emotionally with the stillborn birth of a daughter nearly a year ago and her husband Chris is dealing with a crisis in the company he works. Their lives become entwined with their neighbo ...more
This book is about a couple Amanda and Chris Vance Amanda who works at the local hospital as an administrative assistant and Chris who works for a electronics company the year before Amanda was pregnant just before Christmas she had a miscarriage both her and Chris were devastated Christmas was a complete mess that year they had went to Chris sisters Claire for Christmas but Amanda seeing all the children was too much for her so in the middle of the night they left Claire was not pleased.

Sin Tien Tan
First and foremost, this is a Christian fiction, so if that's not your cup of tea, do skip over this. That being said, as a non-Christian reader, I find this to be a lot more than bearable, which is already much more than what I can say about other religious reads. That is because when you get down to the roots, it's a tale of faith, and that's thankfully universal. Who wouldn't need a quaint parcel of hope, especially as the holiday is coming around? Heart-warming and uplifting.
Sandra Beck
From the moment I picked the book up I bonded with the characters..I hope to see more and follow them ..It leaves you reading well into the night..A heart warming story of life . You feel to the depth of your soul for them and pray that they can come out of this stronger and with love enough to survive anthing else that comes their way...Wonderful read from start to finish..Hoping for more of this story..
This was a great inspirational book. The main characters have suffered a great loss in life and the future doesn’t look much promising, still they hold to their faith. It was an uplifting story about how God places people in our life to support us during our time of need and how God places us in situations where we can use our past to help others. We might not know how many people are out there praying for us and lifting us up, but we should place our trust in God’s hands and watch his story unf ...more
A unique and outstanding plot, this book contained great Christian revelations appropriate for all times of the year, not just Christmas.

Chris on why he works with ethics and scruples: "Because they are grounded in the eternal."

Amanda coming to realize the parallels between Mother Mary and all mothers: "Was this not the way of all mothers? The hope and the terrible anxieties. The perfection of the Heavenly gift was balanced against the tremendous burdens of motherhood. It was true for every moth
When the previous Christmas holiday left Amanda and Chris reeling from a great loss, Amanda is uncertain what she feels about the upcoming Christmas season. An unexpected invitation comes from her neighbor Emily to visit the Holy Land and Amanda agrees to accompany her. When she meets Miriam at the Wailing Wall the healing process begins, and Amanda discovers she still posseses the ability to hold a child and bring healing to a family. Much is also happening for Chris and his neighbor Frank and ...more
This was a good story of a couple whose baby was still born, and how they dealt with their loss. The couple were both good practicing Christians, and examples to all those around them. The author wasn't pushy about the religious matters in the story. The was a good listen. The narrator was very good.
Carole Jarvis
This is another book that I can recommend. Easy to read, but more depth than the average Christmas book. Three different storylines are woven together and I especially enjoyed the scenes that took place in Israel. Here's my review:

"Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey" by Davis Bunn is a story about forgiveness, healing and the giving of self. While set in Melbourne, Florida and Israel during the Christmas season, it would be good reading for any time of year. The journey of healing after
Shari Turner
I would recommend this book to people who had lost a child or gone to the Holy Land. The book covers a lot of family issues. Dealing with family issues and still be pleasing to the Lord is hard. I liked the insight the author when dealing with family issues. It was interesting to also read about the Holy land. I have a few friends that have gone there and so I liked hearing about the place.
elisia conrardy
Prayers of a Stranger

I started reading and couldn't put it down. How wonderful to read a book filled with wonder and hope. I love reading a book that isn't filled with foul language or sex. Best of all it brings honor to God out Father.
While visiting the Holy Land, Amanda answers the prayers of a stranger . . . and begins an amazing Christmas journey.
Carol Beutler
A nice read, you don't have to wait for Christmas to read this.
This is a precious story of the great power of prayer in many lives. The family who lost their daughter to stillbirth, the family whose daughter was lost to the world of drugs, and a family whose baby daughter was getting sicker and sicker despite constant medical care.

Two neighbors found themselves visiting Israel with a tour group, but deciding to go out on their own so they could get closer to their Lord. When visiting the Wailing Wall with their prayers, they met a stranger who changes all t
Phyllis C
A story of life and love, not just for Christmas.
Audio book
great book! Just what I needed.
The story line is average Christmas fare. Lots of people searching for answers. Some go as far as Jerusalem to find them; some find them right in their own backyard.

It's refreshing to read something that has no violence, no vulgar language, and no gratuitous sex, especially at this time of year. However, the writing itself is fair. This is not an author I'd be inspired to read again.
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in twenty languages.

Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014.

His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the a
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