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The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope #4)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,818 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Donna VanLiere's books movingly portray ordinary people reaching for more meaningful lives. In The Christmas Promise, she follows two seemingly separate individuals and shows how their lives intersect. Chaz McConnell realizes that his life is empty--and he's made it that way. He goes home every night to a bare apartment. For the first time in his life, he's working at a jo ...more
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Published October 30th 2007 by Macmillan Audio (first published October 1st 2007)
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Julianna
Jan 04, 2013 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories
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The Christmas Promise was another great Christmas story from Donna VanLiere. The first three books in the Christmas Hope series embodied a sense of sadness with death taking center stage in each of them. While I loved all those books, it was nice to have one with a more whimsical tone where no one dies or is struggling mightily with someone else's death. There are some heavy themes, such as loneliness, alcoholism, domestic abuse and a missing child, but there was enough h
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Sally
A surprisingly good, quick, unrealistic Christmas read. But that's OK - I don't usually read books for reality.
There was, however, a lot of hope and very real, flawed characters. A great little study of God's grace and how He never gives up even when we do. Yet not overly "christiany".

The author did a very good job at slowly revealing the little mysteries of the characters without dragging them (and my patience) out. This wasn't your typical sappy holiday book by a cheesy author.
This is an au
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Ronna
Donna Van Liere has numerous books about Christmas hope, love, and God's working in people's lives. This particular book is especially good as it is basically about God's grace. Sixty something, Gloria, lives alone since the death of her husband seven years ago, when her 17 year old son ran away and her other children were grown and living away with their own families. She has a special wish that has been hanging on her tree for years--a prayer for God.

Gloria spends her day helping people. She t
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Stephy
Sadly this is book 3 in a 4 book series and I read only this one.
It was good a feel good book. A very quick read though. And I might have teared up once or twice.

Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died. Now, having moved from her small town and all the painful memories it held, she is building a life by caring for people in need. Wh
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Bonnie
Miss Glory lives her life for others and yet her neighbor, 'critical Miriam' sees very little without suspicion and disapproval. What happens when Miriam and Miss Glory are thrown together and must endure each others company? Within the same house?

Chaz is a loner who goes from job to job, dwelling to dwelling. He takes a job in security at a department store to pad his wallet until he decides to move on. During this job he meets and works with several people whose lives have him looking at himse
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Debby Zigenis-Lowery
Last December, in a short days/long nights funk, I could not settle on any books I wanted to read--which is a very strange state for me to find myself in. I could not read past about the third page of anything until I finally picked up a Christmas novel by a favorite author--A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs. Finally, the can't-make-myself-follow-through-reading-anything spell was broken, and I went one to read several other Christmas novels that month.

So, this December I was looking forward
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Jana
This is a good story, but the reason I didn't rate it higher is because I detest books that introduce a dozen or so characters in a short story...It takes me several chapters to figure out who everyone is and then BAM! the book is ended! Maybe I'm just slow witted...
Malinda
I was surprised by how much I liked this "Christmas book." It has many lessons for the reader, but the one that struck me the most was that we need to be careful who and how we judge others. I recommend this book to you!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Another heartwarming Christmas Story by Donna VanLiere. Gloria, also known as Miss Glory works with the homeless and/or single parent, low income families. She teaches classes, takes in donations that she later passes out and offers more than just her moral support. These people are like family to her. Her husband died 7 years earlier and her youngest son left home a week before he died. She still leaves the porch light on for him. We meet her surly, uppity neighbour Miriam, a young homeless pre ...more
Eomicheli
Nice to read a "feel good" book during the holidays! Definitely on the light side, but enjoyable just the same.
Valerie
Another wonderful story by Donna VanLiere! I'm so glad that I've discovered this series. As usual, there are some heartbreaking moments/situations in this story, but also some light, humorous ones as well. The relationship between the main character, Gloria, and her meddling, cantankerous neighbor, Miriam, is completely believable. As the story moves along, they end up helping each other through several situations and turn out to be great friends. There are plenty of tears to be had, and a heart ...more
Mj
I traditionally read as many seasonal reads as possible in December to really get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Promise was my first holiday read this season and it didn’t disappoint. In holiday books I look for “feel good” stories and don’t rate them harshly due to their predictability. I want them to be predictably schmaltzy and especially to focus on strong messages of giving and grace.

Donna VanLiere writes well. Her prose flows and she does a good job with dialogue. She filled thi
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Sarah
I enjoyed this little Christmas novel. It's always kind of fun to read a Christmas-themed book during this time of year. It was the first I have read by this author. (There are more Christmasy novels by her.) The story line kept my interest, and the character development was good. I knew that the main characters would somehow be connected, and it was fun to see how the author did this. Some of the connections were unexpected, which was good (not too predictable). The book was not overly religiou ...more
Katrina Burchett
After suffering loss, Gloria Bailey moved to a new town and started a new life, but she didn’t forget the promise she had made to her late husband. At Christmastime she placed a card in an envelope on her tree, restating that promise. Would the day ever come when she could fulfill the promise and take the envelope off of the tree for good?
I liked Gloria. She was a kind, selfless woman who thought of others as better than herself. Because of something that happened in her past, it was important f
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Juergen John Roscher

I have read and enjoyed other Donna VanLiere's books from the Christmas Hope series. Yes they may be a little sentimental but they always have a great Christmas message of family, faith and hope in Christ; this book is no different.

This book has two separate story lines that merge at the end to miraculous ending that helps heal tattered lives. One story line is about a young man who drifts from area to area, job to job and relationship to relations. The other story line is about an elderly woman
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Rachel
This is the first book in this series that I have read, but my mom loaned it to me and told me I could read it as a stand alone book and she was definitely right. I really enjoyed it, and I also think it could be enjoyed during any season. Other than a few mentions of the holiday shopping season, holiday dinners, Christmas lights, and a short scene on Christmas day, it's not all about Christmas. It was a very sweet book, although I did get confused a few times when switching between Chaz and Glo ...more
Amy
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Christy
Part 4 of 'The Christmas Shoes' series. This is a series and you should read the books and/or see the films. In this story, the are many lessons to be learned in life, and sometimes those lessons are not easy. Gloria (Miss Glory) lost her husband around Christmastime and to add to that pain and anguish, several weeks prior to that, her youngest child, Matthew, ran away because he couldn't take the pain and stress any longer more. Eventually, Gloria moves to another town. She starts to help to th ...more
Rayni
Dec 03, 2011 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a feel good Christmas book.
Recommended to Rayni by: author recognition
I listened to this book with my mother. The author read the book & did a wonderful job. I had a hard time following as it jumped back & forth between Chaz & Gloria. Not realizing this was part of a series, I enjoyed meeting Mr. Wilson, Robert Layton, Jack & Nathan Andrews again from Christmas Shoes & Christmas Blessings. Christmas Promise could definitely be read as a stand alone book. As Nathan & Jack briefly appear. Mr. Wilson & Robert Layton play more prominent par ...more
Mommywest
This book didn't leave me with the same feeling as the other three in the series, but it is still a good story. It seems to be more gritty than the other two. Certain situations are glossed over and not moralized, which may be refreshing for some readers. I do love the main character. Even though she struggles with issues of her own, she goes out of her way to make others, warts and all, feel they have a safe haven. She is a giver, a rescuer, but one of her greatest struggles lives right next do ...more
Linda Husvar
I liked this book for the character development and treatment of troubled relationships. The author did a tremendous job of illustrating issues of alcoholism, homelessness, abuse, and un-planned pregnancy to name a few. The interactions among the various characters were interesting. We saw how one person dedicated to helping others in need can make a huge difference. This book is inspiring and well worth the read.
Thalia
The only thing that saves this predicable, over the top disaster from one star is that I liked how the author reminded us that there are often stories behind things, particularily annoying things, that once we know, it changes how we view it (eg An annoyingly bright light is left on at night....because the mom is waiting for a long lost child to come home). Otherwise this was rubbish. I think I got off to a bad start when, on page 13, this is written : "Twenty-four-year-old Chaz McConnell sat ne ...more
Loraine
Once again, Donna VanLiere has delivered a great Christmas read. Once again Christmas approaches and Mrs. Glory aka Gloria wonders if she will ever see her son again who disappeared just before his father's death 7 years earlier. As she works her out of home project, to help the needy (including her obnoxious next door neighbor Mary), Mrs. Glory's life becomes intertwined with many who really need her help. Will this be the year that her Christmas promise is delivered?

I really liked the characte
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Alicia Lowery
I didn't realize this was a series and read them out of order and years apart! Still a good read. Lots of characters to keep up with and a beautiful weaving together to build a lovely example of God's grace.
Susan
I loved this book. It was full of compassion and growth within all of the characters. The Character development progressed continuously throughout the story. This was the first book I have read by this author and felt well connected with the story even though I had not read any of the previous books in this series.

I kept thinking of the scripture Matthew 25:40 “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” as I read.

Though
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Teri
Always enjoy reading Christmas books by this author at this time of year it really helps get you in the spirit! I love how all the characters somehow intertwine together in the end.
Cait
The fourth book in the series, THE CHRISMAS PROMISE, is just as well written and heart-warming as book three (the only other one I’ve read :P ).

The story takes place in the same town as the others, though the only recurring character is the doctor, Nathan. Gloria is a great character, she’s a good neighbour, kind to everyone and extremely loving. She’s lonely, though, since her husband died and youngest son disappeared. But, since it’s a Christmas story, everything works out for Gloria in the en
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Naomi
A gracious and kind example of the contemporary Christmas novel, with numerous meditations on grace and God and how we create a good life amid disappointment, death, and violence.
Terrie
The fifth book in this series is equally uplifting. This is a story about how a promise from one person to another shows us the true meaning of faith, remembrance, and love.
Qingqingcheng
i read a book call The Christmas Promise by Donna Vanliere. This book about what happen before the Christmas. The main characters are Gloria and Chaz. Gloria liked to help people because there are lots poor people in the street,if Gloria saw one, and she will try to help this person as she can. The one person that Gloria help is Erin. Erin is a young women, she is a single mother, she has a child. And then Gloria want Erin live with her and Erin agree.
Chaz is work in the aparment, because there
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Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Made ...more
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Christmas Hope (7 books)
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