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The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope #2)

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In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 30th 2003)
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Nancy Steinle gummel
The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere is a first read win. This is my honest opinion. This is a cute read and another tear jerker. This book is a continuation of The Christmas Shoe with about 10 years later. It's the story of Nathan. He's now a med student at a hospital about an hour away from home. Nathan has a certain way with his patients, especially the children. He meets Charlie a little boy with a bad heart. Eventually he meets Meghan who turns out to be the love of his life. Meghan is ...more
3.5 stars. // Bok #1 in #CramaThon2015.

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Nov 13, 2015 Carolina rated it really liked it
This one was as good as the first. It really showed how far Nathan had come after his mother had died and how he could love people more because of it. I cried most of the way through it but it showed what real friendship is. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.
Oct 29, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
If you like characters with depth, riveting plots, and original storytelling -- this book is not for you.

If you like flat characters, a predictable plot, and Lifetime original movies, then you'll love this book.

I have not read "The Christmas Shoes" (and after reading this book, I will not). However, I have heard Newsong's recording of the song dozens of times, and I know the gist of the story. "The Christmas Blessing" picks up where "The Christmas Shoes" left off, except now Nathan is a grown ad
Feb 14, 2011 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for a Good Christmas-Themed and/or Inspirational Story
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The Christmas Blessing is a lovely follow-up to the first book of the Christmas Hope series, The Christmas Shoes. Nathan Andrews, the little boy from that story who had been so desperate to buy a pair of shoes for his dying mother, is all grown up and studying to be a doctor, but is doubting whether that is the right course for his life. Every time he looses a patient, it's like reliving his mother's death, and he isn't getting along very well with the doctor in charge of
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Nathan กำลังเปนแพทยฝึกหัดทีกำลังตอสูกับความคิดทีวาเขาจะเปนหมอทีดีไดหรือไม ขณะทีเขากำลังฝึกงานอยูในแผนกโรคหัวใจเดก เขาไดพบกับ Meghan และ Charlie ทีมีหัวใจผิดปกติตังแตเกิดแตพวกเขากลับเปนนักวิงทีไมเคยยอทอหรือยอมแพกับความโชครายของตัวเอง

Nathan และ Robert ไดกลับมาพบกันอีกครังทีสุสาน ทังคูทักทายกันกจำกันไมไดเพราะผานมาหลายสิบปีแลว Robert ไมเคยลืมเลยวาเดกผูชายคนหนึงกับรองเทาคูหนึงไดชวยกอบกูชีวิตครอบครัวของเขาเอาไว จนเมือเขากำลังจะกลับออกจากสุสานเขาเหลือบไปเหนรองเทาทีหลุม
Jan 11, 2015 Penelope rated it really liked it
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When I discovered there was a sequel to Christmas Shoes, I knew I HAD to read it. I couldn't put Christmas Shoes down & I couldn't put Christmas Blessing down either. Nathan has grown into a fine young man. I loved the letters from mom to son & from son to mom. I could never be as eloquent as Maggie (Nathan's mom) was or to think of others when I was so sick. I remember when I was having chemo, all I could think about was how sick I was & if I died my family would be left with a lega ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, 2015
First sentence: It's Christmas Eve, and the lake in front of me is frozen hard.

Favorite quote: But I know that although we may never understand it, there is a plan, and though it may be traced in pain, in the end there will be joy, and it will be beautiful.

This is a bit of a sad Christmas story and the ending was a mixture of happiness and joy. It was just okay for me.
Dec 24, 2015 Hazell rated it it was amazing
I decided to finish this book after I went to church on Christmas eve. It was almost midnight. And finally I finished at 00.54 on Christmas Day. (Well, merry Christmas!) This book brought tears to my eyes. It was the perfect way to end Christmas eve, reading The Christmas Blessing in my lit-up-by-christmas-lights room. I chose the right moment to read this book. The ending couldn't be more perfect. And I love all the characters! Nathan Andrews is like my dream boyfriend. I'm hoping to watch the ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Jana rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a 6 star rating! I had already given the 1st book in the series 5 stars, but this one is even better so I'll go with 6! It's a great story...all about the reason we are really here. It reminds us that it's not about how long we live, but how we live and who we love. Erma Bombeck says it best- "I hope that when I meet God at the Judgement bar that I don't have one single talent...and that's because I've used them all up!"
Jan 01, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
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Oct 26, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
While some parts were moving, the medical facts were so far off base it was totally unbelievable (Have you heard of HIPAA?).
Feb 26, 2012 Fedora rated it really liked it
This was sweet--a sequel of sorts to The Christmas Shoes, we see Nathan, the boy now grown up, getting through his residency...

Some of his patients bring to mind what his mother tried to impress on him before she died, and remind him anew of the possibility of miracles.
This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever had the honor of reading. It is a sequel to the book "The Christmas Shoes" by Donna VanLiere. I suggests anyone who is going to read this that they have several boxes of Kleenex handy, you will need it. The young boy in "The Christmas Shoes" is all grown up and on his way to becoming a doctor. Life has a way of changing people, their plans, their lives and what they expect life to bring them. Some dreams / miracles still come true. Ev ...more
Rosa Cline
When I first started reading this book I almost put it down and never picked it up again. It had so many flash backs and some flash forwards (and in the words of Funny Farm I believe there might have been a flash side ways there somewhere). Made it difficult to follow in addition to MANY characters. I was getting lost very quickly but the writing once I figured out what family I was reading about was good. So I kept reading and could see that somewhere along the way all the families were going t ...more
Joan Arning
Dec 02, 2014 Joan Arning rated it it was amazing
This book is a sequel to The Christmas Shoes. It is a sweet, inspiring but sad story of the young adult Nathan (from The Christmas Shoes) who is a med student. He is doing a rotation in pediatric cardiology when he meets Meghan, a young woman born with a hole in her heart, and Charlie, a young boy who is also a patient.

Nathan learns "it's not about how long you live, but how you live, because before you know it, our time is up and we leave this place".

I recommend this touching book but be prepar
Jan 02, 2009 Alysha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyes James Patterson's lve stories.
This is my first time doing this so if it's bad, sorry in advance!)
My mum recommend this book 2 me (and she is currently reading it @ the moment) and we had both previously read Christmas Shoes (which is the 1st book in the series based off the holiday song). Comparing the two books, I think the second one has way more heart and substance to it and makes the 1st one look like a preparation for the second one. You could tell she enjoyed writing this book just from the amount of carefully placed
Nov 04, 2009 Jie rated it really liked it
The Christmas Blessing

Hi guys, I just read the book called “The Christmas Blessing.” Let me just tell you, from the title of the book it sound it extremely lame, but never judge a book by its cover. I though if the same thing when I first pick it up from the store, judging from the cover, I had absolutely had no interest what so ever. But the moment I read the review on the back of it, I though in my mine oh well, why we don’t give this a try. So my parent bought it for me and I started reading
Feb 13, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was a short(for me) but good read. I love Christmas stories, and a reviewer on Amazon said it was similar to A Walk To Remember, so I had to read it. I loved the characters of Nathan, Meghan, and Charlie. I loved the friendship between college student Meghan, and elementary student Charlie. It was truly moving, from start to finish. During the book, Nathan referred back to letters his mother wrote him before her death, which were very touching. I loved Nathan's rapport with his patients, an ...more
[ book 2 of CHRISTMAS Series ]
Copyright 2003 by Donna VanLiere
Cover art by Anne Twomey ; illustration by Danilo
Penerbit Elex Media Komputindo
Alih Bahasa : Antonius Eko
Cetakan I : November 2011 ; 216 hlm ; ISBN 978-602-00-1632-0
Rate : 4 of 5

Masih ingat kisah bocah berusia 8 tahun yang kehilangan ibunya tepat di malam Natal ? Kisah ini merupakan kelanjutan dari perjalanan bocah cilik yang kini telah beranjak dewasa dan menempuh kuliah sebaga
Dec 09, 2011 Angel rated it it was amazing
I normally don't get into sappy Christmas stories, but I bought "The Christmas Shoes" series for my daughter last year, and I wanted some easy I gave it a try. I fell in love with the characters in The Christmas Shoes! This is the 2nd book in the series, it continues the story of Nathan, the little boy who lost his Mother on Christmas. Nathan is a third year med student, and he is questioning his dreams of becoming a doctor. He meets some very special people that help him see the st ...more
Mar 30, 2010 Bitsy rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This book is a sequel to the New York Times Bestseller The Christmas Shoes. I had no problems picking up the storyline though as it cut back and did back story constantly throughout The Christmas Blessing to cover pertinent areas for this new book. The book is about the star of The Christmas Shoes a little boy named Nathan that wanted to buy shoes for his mother dying of cancer. In The Christmas Blessing Nathan is now all grown up and, in the wake of his mother’s death, is now a third year medic ...more
Dec 19, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, audio
Title: The Christmas Blessing
Author: Donna VanLiere
Genre: Holiday (Christmas)

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Dec 22, 2013 Maria Ulery rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book, just when I thought it couldn't get any better than the Christmas Shoes Donna Vanliere tops herself! What an inspirational book especially this time of year if you are in a funk this book will wake you up! Life is precious every day no matter how old or how young!!!!

In this book we meet Nathan the now college intern who we last left in the Christmas Shoes where he ran to buy a pair of shoes for his mom dying of cancer so she could meet Jesus in something nice. He is now in med s
Jul 29, 2011 Booklady rated it liked it
What a tearjerker! Sequel to The Christmas Shoes, this is another story of kind of book. I had to copy some quotes which appear on the flypage of each chapter, from this one! Sometimes Statements just resonate with me so I have to share them. This is one of those times. "We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle" ...Oswald Chambers. "Most people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run a race to see who has the most g ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
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Mar 18, 2014 Terrie rated it really liked it
Sequel to the New York Times bestseller "The Christmas Shoes". Nathan Andrews, the small boy in the Christmas Shoes, is now a medical student in his third year. Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan, a young women born with a hole in her heart that has nevertheless not kept her from becoming a champion runner. Really enjoyed this story and how the author interwove the lives of the characters.
Mar 01, 2011 Autumn rated it it was amazing
This book is the Sequel to "The Christmas Shoes" - both were equally good. They're easy reads, but there's a lot of heart in the stories. Very sad and very real, but an overall positive and uplifting experience with very likable characters. Highly recommended! One central theme of these books has to do with a young mother's dying wishes that her husband and mother would teach her children that "she was not taken away from you by God; She was received. There's a difference."

Another part of the s
Another sweet Christmas story involving one of the main characters from the previous novel; Nathan is now a young man in his 3rd year as a med student, struggling with whether or not he's cut out to be a doctor. He meets 2 special people who are facing serious medical conditions, and becomes very close to them and their families. Little notes from a special memory box help guide him through various challenges in life. He also meets Robert, the man who helped him all those years ago to buy beauti ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Christmas Hope (8 books)
  • The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)
  • Christmas Keepsakes: The Christmas Shoes & The Christmas Blessing
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“Meghan and I talked about music - she loved Ella Fitzgerald. "What about all the hip acts that college kids love? Do you like any of them?"

"Like who?"

"I don't know all their names. Snoop Diggity Do and all those hip cats." Meghan shook her head and laughed. We talked about movies - she loved anything made before 1964. No wonder I thought she was older; she was an old soul in a young body.

"So what's your favorite movie?" I asked.

"To Kill a Mockingbird." My mother would have liked Meghan. She made my father and me watch To Kill a Mockingbird with her when I was in first grade. It must have been the twentieth time she'd seen it, but she still cried at the parts that made her weepy-eyed the first nineteen times.”
“Donna VanLiere's "A Christmas Blessing"
“Don’t ever take your EYES off the FINISH line. If you take your eyes off the GOAL, you’ll never make it to the END.”
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