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Unexpected Christmas Hero

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Unexpected Christmas Hero is an inspiring story of friendship and survival. Forced by circumstances to live on the streets and in shelters, Josie Meyers and her children must decide whether or not to trust Rick, a homeless, disabled vet who becomes their ultimate friend and an unexpected Christmas hero.
Published October 1st 2012 by New Hope Publishers (AL) (first published January 1st 2012)
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Karen Vogel
Dec 02, 2012 Karen Vogel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to say in words how much respect I have for Kathi Macias. She's one author who writes about hurting people is such vivid ways, it prompts me to action. This book was such an eye-opener, letting readers into the mind of a homeless mom with two little children, and a Vietnam Vet who has been living on the streets for years. They meet in a shelter, and get to know each other in a church. Loved the people in the church who compassionately cared for the homeless, yet treated them with digni ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 02, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Kathi Macias has done it again, another book that makes you think..."There, but for the Grace of God, goes I". Such a tough subject of being homeless. You find yourself in their shoes, walking and feeling the cold. Hungry, and trying to get into shelters.
Kathi brings to life the "Street People", ones who maybe less than a year ago were living the "American" life. Then the rug was pulled out from under them.
We met a Mom...Josie Meyer's and her children Jacob, 7, and Susanna, 5. Her husband has d
Feb 10, 2013 Nancee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Emotionally Intense!
Josie Meyers was angry, angry with her deceased husband and angry with God. The Meyers family was living the "American dream" until Josie's husband died, leaving Josie and her two small children destitute, with nothing but what they could fit into their backpacks. Josie blamed God for abandoning them in the midst of their crisis. With nowhere to go and no support system the young family was left to sleep in homeless shelters, occasional cheap motels or in an alley when the sh
Cheryl C.
Jul 23, 2016 Cheryl C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing you must know about the work of Kathi Macias: it will touch your heart in a multitude of ways. Unexpected Christmas Hero puts a name and a face to the many around us who are homeless. From Josie and her children to Rick, the homeless Vietnam veteran who has given his life to God, to Karen and Mr. Foley who work at the homeless shelters Josie's family stays at when they can, to members of Karen's church, and more, this book is filled with characters that will come to mean almost as much ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Tima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josie has the perfect life - a husband who loves her, two wonderful children, and a gorgeous home. But when her husband dies she realizes that their home is mortgaged to the hilt. She has no time to regroup before she loses her home and finds herself and the two children on the streets. Life literally becomes a day to day game of survival. But God places people in the her life that will show His love and change hearts.

The author has a talent for creating an emotional story. The subject of homele
Angela Breidenbach
I loved this book and the message it carries. Homeless is a hard place to be and a hard thing to understand if you haven't been in the same position. Kathi Macias opens up some of the many challenges faced by not only families, but also single men and women forced to live on the streets. Many struggle with situations not of their own causing. Some struggle with mental illness. But to hear the story, each person's story, enriches each one of us with compassion. An Unexpected Hero actually has man ...more
Nov 17, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Josie's husband Sam passed away, she was horrified to learn that because of his financial decisions she and their children were left homeless. While eating Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, they meet Rick, a homeless Vietnam vet. Josie doesn't realize that while Rick may not have a home, he can lead her back to her Heavenly Father and to the safety and security her children crave.

Anyone who can read this through with dry eyes is worse than the Grinch. There; I've said it. But it is not one
This book touched me so deeply. It is the story of a woman who within a short time loses her mother and husband to death. She loses her home because her husband had left her In a bad financial condition. She and her two children become homeless. She tells of how it feels to not have a kitchen. She speaks of how it feels to lose everything she owned her whole life. The things she took for granted. How difficult it is to rely on others for help.

I relate to this because we lost everything we had fr
Jan 02, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected Christmas Hero by award-winning author Kathi Macias had me blubbering like a baby until the very end. If you read this book make sure you have a big box of tissues with you because you will need them.

Josie Meyers once lived the American dream. Married with two wonderful children, and a beautiful home, life couldn't get any better. Until her husband dies and she finds herself trying to pick up the pieces of his bad decisions. She soon finds that she and her two small children are force
Sep 28, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-adobe
In the quiet challenge of a moment hope lingers just overhead.

Josie Meyers and her young children Susanna and Jacob, victims of unfortunate circumstances, struggle to find their place in the world, while searching for a spot to rest their weary hearts.

Rick a Vietnam veteran, is a kindly man who always looks for ways to put others needs in front of his own. His faith is a source of strength always challenging him to take the next step forward.

Will the trials and struggles of the Meyer family brin
Nov 13, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays arriving soon, many of us have families to gather together with and a home to return to after the get-together. Josie Meyers had the same plans for her family, until tragedy struck and her husband had passed away. Leaving the family in financial ruin, Josie and her children, Jacob and Susanna, find themselves homeless. Josie receives some money from social services, which she has to stretch to last through the month for shelter from the cold, wind, ra ...more
Donna Weaver
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.

Josie Meyers thinks she is living the American dream when she marries a nice, handsome man with
Sid Frost
Jan 07, 2013 Sid Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A young mother of two finds herself on the streets in Washington state at a time when temperatures can dip below freezing during the night. When her husband dies, she learns he had spent all their savings and had not paid the bills. She has no other family to turn to.

The story begins with Josie Meyers and her children waiting in line for a free Thanksgiving meal. Seven-year-old Jacob and five-year-old Susanna brave the situation better than their mother. She is angry. Angry at her husband for pu
Nov 13, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This lovingly emotionally story is not your everyday jolly holly Christmas story. It is so much better and more meaningful. Homelessness could be considered the central focus of this story, and it certainly awakens ones attitude towards those whose focus is more on shelter, food, warmth, and friendships because of homelessness. But the real focus of this story is God's love and care for all of His people, and His still small voice.

Josie and her son and daughter find themselves homeless after her
Nov 19, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josie Meyers and her 2 young children: Jacob and Susanna are homeless. To be homeless is frightening. They have no home to sleep in at night, no home to feel protected in, no home to feel a sense of belonging to. There is shame involved in not having a place to live. Josie spends every moment worrying about where they will eat, where they will sleep, what if one of them becomes ill, whom can she trust, how will the children be able to attend school, will the weather turn cold or rainy or snow. J ...more
Ruth Hill
Dec 24, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, I almost don't know where to begin. I spent half of the book in or near tears, and the ending almost had me blubbering. Maybe that tells you just how good this book is. I don't want to give away anything, and I certainly cannot recommend this book highly enough.

When I picked up this book, I figured it would be the typical Christmas book, and I was familiar with the author, so I expected it to be good. I just didn't know how good it would be. My heart was touched, and I saw the life of
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"The late November sunshine was thin and tepid, but a welcome interruption to the gray skies and constant drizzle that usually hung over the small Washington town of Riverview for the better part of eight or nine months each year. Josie Meyers shivered as she stood in line behind her two children, waiting their turn for a free Thanksgiving meal.

Tears bit her eyes at the memory of past Thanksgiving celebrations, particularly the most recent one the previous year. Though they had all been grievin
Shirley Corder
Feb 14, 2013 Shirley Corder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What a delightful read! I hated to put it down, even to eat.

By using a young woman and her two children as the main characters, Kathi Macias immediately draws her reader into their desperate situation. I ached for them to have a warm meal, or a proper bed to sleep in. I felt quite cross with Josie at times when she turned down offers of shelter, even though I understood her point of view. I don't think I could have been that brave. The idea of this young woman and her children curled up in her
Mar 05, 2013 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tender story of a homeless widow and her two children struggling to survive the harsh elements of winter tugged at my heart.From the very beginning, I was welcomed into their family. I walked beside them through every heart-wrenching struggle to the point of wondered where our next meal would be? How would we keep the children warm and safe? What about their schooling. Surely the children would need to keep up with their education. Where would we take shelter from the frigid cold? Upon our ...more
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I had never heard of Kathi Macias before I read this book. I can’t say that I will read her books again or not, especially, since they aren’t in the genre I usually read. But I will say Unexpected Christmas Hero for me is one of those rare books that I will hold dear in my heart. This book is beyond emotional. There aren’t words to express how much this book touched me.

I think any woman in this world could be Josie.
Oct 31, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected Christmas Hero – A Powerful And Heart Felt Read!

Author Kathi Macias wrote about a subject we won’t quickly forget. She brings to our attention a story that happens to people each and every day. We don’t often think about this subject because we are comfortable in our nice heated homes and we have plenty of food to eat. This story will touch your heart in a way you’ve never been touched before.

The story is about Josie Meyers and her two children living on the streets, homeless and cons

Author: Kathi Macias
Published by: New Hope Publishers
Age Recommended: YA - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Unexpected Christmas Hero" by Kathi Macias was not just a Christmas Holiday story, but one of 'Homelessness' which can and has happened each and every day of our lives. These people without shelter, food, warmth could be any of us like Josie's but as this story will flow we will see God's love and how he does care for all of His people.

What is this story
Dec 31, 2012 Veronica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This was an interesting story about a homeless family trying to survive on the streets of Riverview, Washington and a fellow homeless man they meet that ends up changing their lives. Josie and her two children have been homeless for several months and she struggles every day with making sure they have food in their bellies and shelter for the night. They used to live in a nice home and have all of the luxuries most people take for granted. She thought everything was great, but her husband hadn't ...more
Cindy Huff
Dec 04, 2012 Cindy Huff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected Christmas Hero is not your typical Christmas fare. Following Josie Meyers and her children as they experience homelessness during the Holiday season gave me a deeper understanding of the emotional journey of the homeless. Kathi spins an emotional tale that reminds us that God never leaves us even in such trying circumstances. When Josie meets homeless veteran Rick she finds her heart stirred as he lives out his faith in the harsh conditions of the cold streets. I was intrigued how wel ...more
Sandra Lassiter
Dec 20, 2012 Sandra Lassiter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Ms. Macias deals with the touchy subject of homelessness. Josie Meyers is a loving mother that is now on the streets due to circumstances out of her control. You feel her pain as she tries to keep her children safe, fed and warm while she deals with her anger at God that they are in this situation. God works gently on her heart as He places people again and again in her life that care for her and show her His love, drawing her heart back to Him. All culminating in a life-changing, Unexpected Chr ...more
Freda Labianca
Nov 19, 2012 Freda Labianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get the tissue box! This story is going to be an emotional ride for you as it focuses on one of the most sensitive, and biggest problems in the world, homelessness. There's not a place on earth that doesn't know poverty and what homeless people are, and that to me is terribly sad.
While the author is taking you through this poverty-stricken world, our world, she reaches into your inner core with moral teachings. I asked myself a couple of times, "what would I do?"
A great surprise ending too! Ho
Catherine Richmond
Josie is embarrassed about her homelessness and tries to be invisible - a difficult act with two children in tow. Help comes from surprising directions. Rick, a Vietnam vet with mental illness, and Karen, a widow, have such close relationships with Jesus, that they draw Josie back to Him.

Homelessness is an incredible struggle, especially for a single parent. This story made me thankful for all the services offered in my community. The human services campus in Council Bluffs has a shelter, Boys
Dec 20, 2014 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
Sweet story was trite and predictable. No wonder Hallmark made a movie of it. Macias does a good job of describing challenges faced by homeless and it DID generate great discussion among our Book Club.
Oct 11, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story just grabbed hold of me from the start and wouldn't let go. It has given me a whole new view of the homeless and made me determined to find a way to help.

Josie's story, her fall from the life she had always known, to the depths of being homeless with two young children, is heartbreaking. And Rick shows more kindness and generosity out of his poverty than many who have more - kind of reminiscent of "the widow's mite".

I loved this story. It made me laugh and cry...and hope. Ms. Macias d
I did not finish but I think it was more me than the book.
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