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The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  23,279 ratings  ·  642 reviews
Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they're gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe....
Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his ma
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Hardcover, 132 pages
Published November 9th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2001)
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Julianna
Dec 21, 2009 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for a Good Holiday Story or a Real Tear-Jerker
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I had recently been lamenting the fact that I hadn't read a true tear-jerker yet this year. I have been know to get a bit misty-eyed at certain scenes, but it is a rare book that makes me actually shed tears. The Christmas Shoes did exactly that and more. It made me cry buckets both while reading it and afterwards while merely thinking about it, and again while trying to write this review. There is a profound and beautiful message packed into this simple short story. It m
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Antof9
I'm not sure why I'd start reading a book like this on the anniversary of the day my dad died, but I started it yesterday. After sobbing through the first half, I put it down to finish it this evening. It's one of those short, heartwarming stories where a hardened workaholic learns the true meaning of Christmas, someone dies (actually multiple people die), and you really wish it was snowing outside. In short, it was lovely, and I cried all the way through it.

The perspective change throughout was
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Nathan
Feb 10, 2009 Nathan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who own tables that have one leg shorter than the others.
Recommended to Nathan by: Dagny
This was given to me as a gag gift, and (spoiler alert!) it sucks. I suppose you could say that it is somewhat capably written, much in the same way that a high school essay takes a few scattered facts and stretches them out into a full research page paper. That's where the positives end. The book is filled with enough sugary schmaltz and false sentimentality to send cookie monster into a diabetic coma. The character development (if you could call it that) of secondary characters serves little p ...more
Elizabeth
This novel follows two different characters during a difficult Christmas season: A boy, Nathan, learns that his mother is dying of cancer, while a hard-working lawyer, Robert, realizes that he has become distanced from his wife and children. When a chance encounter brings the boy and the lawyer to the same department store check-out line, Robert learns something beautiful about the true meaning of Christmas.

I was not expecting this book to be the Great American Novel. I was expecting it to be sa
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Lina
3.5 stars actually. Some parts of the translation bother me. The strange thing, there isn't any translator name in the book.

Indah asked me if there is any emotion I felt after read this book, either sad or happy?
Well some parts of the book really tear me up (after all I always weak when it comes with family drama, sacrifice or struggle and poverty) but the book not memorable, the story quite cliche & predictable. About workaholic man who put his works first after his family and about a nic
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Becky
This book was a huge tear jerker. I think I cried through almost the entire book. Thank goodness it was only 140 pages. ;) But the story was great and it was a real heart felt book. Made you think about what's really important in life and the true meaning of Christmas.
Jeannette
I love happy little Christmas stories. Ones that let me escape reality and enjoy all the best parts of the holiday season. The "Christmas Shoes" is not one of those books.

Not that I didn't like "The Christmas Shoes". I liked it for the sappy, "drop me into the well of reality" book that it is. Someone dies, someone else learns a lesson. The lesson is more poignant because there are Christmas trees and gifts involved.

Teach me a lesson at Christmastime if you want. Teach me about hope, or joy, or
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Heather McKeon
So I'm hosting book club in December this year, and so I am reading some Christmas books to find a good one to pick. I know it's only September, but I wanted to have plenty of time to read a few books before I make my decision. I asked the librarian for some suggestions of unusual Christmas books. Because I really didn't want to read any of those trite, dripping with obvious message type books. So naturally she recommended The Christmas Shoes. Really? I am not totally mad at her because she did ...more
Kristy
This beautiful story is about a family who believes. Not only through Christmas but through life and tragedy. I cried many times. The family bond in this story reminded me of home and of holidays with my family as a little girl. There are many powerful quotes in this book, but the one that impacted me the most was one from a mother to her young son a few days before Christmas:
"It's spectacular that God would want to leave the beauty of heaven to come to live here as a man. And you'd think that s
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Jasmine Ko
I was in the mood for a Christmas read, so I finally picked up The Christmas Shoes after seeing it for years at Costco and other bookstores. The cover art and small-size of the book drew me into picking up the book and I'm glad I finally figured out what the fuss was all about with the "Christmas" books.

I loved this story. It was a very quick read and just what I wanted in a Christmas book - full of love, family and redemption. However, I think the deeper parts of the story were a bit unexpected
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Jintana
ใครจะไปคิดวารองเทาเพียงคูเดียวจะเปลียนชีวิตของครอบครัวหนึงไปอยางสินเชิง

Robert กำลังจะเสียภรรยาและลูกสาว 2 คนไปหลังเทศกาลคริสตมาสเสรจสิน Kate ตองการหยาขาดจากสามีทีทำแตงานไมเคยมีเวลาใหครอบครัว

ในขณะทีทุกคนกำลังมีความสุขกับเทศกาลคริสตมาส Nathan กำลังโศกเศราเพราะใกลจะสูญเสียแมทีปวยเปนโรคมะเรง

Robert และ Nathan มาทีหางในชัวโมงสุดทายกอนหางปิดดวยจุดประสงคทีตางกัน Robert มาหาของขวัญในนาทีสุดทายใหภรรยาและลูกเพือกลบเกลือนความรูสึกผิด ในขณะที Nathan มาหาของขวัญเพือใหแมนำติดตัวไปเฝาพระผูเปนเจา เขาหยิบรองเทาค
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Alisha Marie
Okay, I'm a Christmas freak. There really is no other way to put it. I just love everything about Christmas: the ambience, the decorations, the nice, cold winters, the food, the music (that I start to listen to in September), the movies (that I tend to watch all year round), and so much more. Except for the Christmas books. For some reason, I have yet to find a Christmas book that I truly love (in the interest of full disclosure I will say that I have yet to read A Christmas Carol. I know...). U ...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
During the past Christmas season, I had decided to read all those books on my shelves relating to the holidays. I had seen "The Christmas Shoes" as a TV movie starring Rob Lowe and thought that would be a good place to start. After reading the book, I can now report that the TV movie was much better than the book. I think had I read the book before seeing the movie, I might have felt differently. There were things that were added to the movie that weren't in the book and I kept waiting for these ...more
Rachel
I enjoyed The Christmas Shoes. It was a quick read, and while there are very heavy themes of death in the book, I still consider it a light and sweet read that helped me to get into the holiday spirit. I plan to continue with The Christmas Blessing next, and I would love to finish the entire series before Christmas!
Christine
As I was listening to an interview with the author on the Christmas Surprise CD the other night I learned that the author for this book got the idea through a conversation with the songwriter who wrote the song "Christmas Shoes." The songwriter had the idea and was talking to her about her opinions about it being a successful song. She said she thought it would make a good book. They challenged eachother to get writing. We know the song was a hit, now it will be interesting to see how the book c ...more
Margaret
I enjoyed this book and I think the intention was a sweet simple story though I did wish for more en depth character study but I think the author knew what she was doing and from reading The Good Dream, I know this author is a good one. I hate comparing books to one another and I refuse to do so. I am a visual artist and each of my paintings are different, one might be better than the other but I value each one for different reasons. Same as with this story, I valued the simplicity of the story ...more
Astri
Buku yang sangat bagus.... Begitu kesan ku setelah sampai ke halaman terakhir.
Buku ini tentang drama keluarga yang mengajarkan kita untuk lebih menghargai hidup, lebih mementingkan keluarga daripada apapun. Bahkan uang pun tidak akan bisa membeli kebahagiaan.
Disini di ceritakan tentang 2 keluarga yang bertolak belakang sekali kehidupannya. Robert yang workaholic dan mempunyai seglanya tapi tidak dengan kebahagiaan dan kehangatan keluarga. Dan Nathan, anak kecil berusia 8 tahun yang hidupnya sang
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destinugrainy
Robert seorang pengacara sukses. Namun dia tidak puas dengan pekerjaannya. Dia semakin menyibukkan diri untuk mendapatkan yang lebih, hingga akhirnya dia melupakan keluarganya. Suatu hari, istrinya Kate mengajukan permintaan untuk berpisah. Hal yang mengejutkan bagi Robert karena dia merasasudah memberikan segalanya yang istrinya butuhkan.

Nathan seorang anak kecil berusia 8 tahun. Ibunya, Maggie, menderita kanker dan hidupnya tidak lama lagi. Nathan yang keil masih sulit untuk memahami bahwa ibu
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Betsy
Although I knew what to expect from The Christmas Shoes, Donna VanLiere is a wonderful storyteller. Of course, it is a bittersweet story which brought tears to my eyes. I am planning to read one book is the Christmas Hope series each year. Next year is The Christmas Blessing. 4 stars
Lindsay Silcox
Warning: if you decided to read Donna VanLiere's "The Christmas Shoes," be sure you've got a box of tissues handy. This book is the very definition of a tearjerker. Normally I don't care for novels with super-emotional passages but the sentimentality of the book made it a good Christmas read.

"The Christmas Shoes" features the typical holiday themes of forgiveness, second chances, kindness, hope, love and faith. VanLiere introduces us to two strangers -- a workaholic lawyer whose homelife is fall
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Traci
I really loved this book. It was a great book to get you into the spirit of Christmas. It was a very quick read. This book helps remind us all what is important in life, not just at Christmas time. It is so important to keep love, family, friends and goodwill in your hearts all year long. This book was a tear jerker so have your tissues ready, or maybe I am just a sappy mom.
Shay Dehring
I really liked this book! Even though it was sad, I really made you think about what is truly meaningful and important in life.
Linda Bourg
I love this story and i also love the movie. It is such a sad Christmas story. But God knows what He is doing, He sends people into our lives just at the right moments. And sometimes these people shape our lives and we keep the memories in our hearts forever. Will read the others in this series.
Somer
Jan 09, 2009 Somer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this book within 2 days it was so good. It is about a man and boy who meet and their lives are changed forever. It WILL make you cry. I couldn't not cry. It is a very heart-warming and sweet book. It will make you thankful for your family and everything you have everyday.
Slizzards
The Christmas Shoes follows two different characters during the Christmas season: Nathan, a boy whose mother is terminally ill, and Robert, a lawyer who's been slipping away from his family. When the two encounter each other by chance at a department store, Robert has an epiphany and uncovers the true meaning of this special holiday.

Although it was quite short, this novel was definitely a tearjerker. I remember sitting in bed on Christmas morning at 4a.m. just bawling my eyes out because of how
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Sheryl Towers
My son, Aaron, gave me this book, since I loved the song so much. He since gave me the 2 other sequels. This book opened my heart and helped me to be a better person, not only at Christmas.
Valerie
0h my.... this was a wonderful little book. I literally cried through several places in this story, most especially when 8yr. old Nathan's mother begins to tell him about Heaven. His family didn't have much in the way of material matters, but they had each other and loved one another very much. The other half of the story is about a man named Robert who has all the material possessions he could ever want, but somewhere along the way he has lost sight of the love for his family. When Robert meets ...more
Wrighty
I had heard the song before this so I knew what it would be about and I love Christmas stories. It's a heart breaker about a little boy and how he helps his sick mom.
Leonora
This is a good book. It makes you think....It also brought tears to my eyes, because life shouldn't be taken for granted. You never know what's going to happen.
Kristin

Just a little something with a Christmas theme while I take a breather from decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, etc.
I cried but it was a good cry.
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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 (7 books)
  • The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2)
  • Christmas Keepsakes: The Christmas Shoes & The Christmas Blessing
  • The Christmas Hope (Christmas Hope, #3)
  • The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope, #4)
  • The Christmas Secret (Christmas Hope, #5)
  • The Christmas Note
The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2) The Good Dream The Christmas Hope (Christmas Hope, #3) The Christmas Secret (Christmas Hope, #5) The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope, #4)

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