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The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  29,002 Ratings  ·  793 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 mar
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published November 9th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2001)
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Dec 09, 2009 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for a Good Holiday Story or a Real Tear-Jerker
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
Dec 11, 2015 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! So heartwarming and such great messages! Most people have heard the song, but the book is even better! Completely recommend!
Oct 17, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas, read-2016
Yes, this is a teary eyed read, but I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of the theme expressed in Jimmy Stewart's movie, It's a Wonderful Life. It will remind you of what's really important in your life. I know, while I was reading it today, I blew up my husband's phone with random text messages telling him how much I loved him. I like books that inspire me to love my family more and to appreciate them and this book did exactly that. I look forward to reading t ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2.5 Stars

I’ve never been much of a seasonal reader. I believe 2014 was the first year I read any books set at Christmas time during the holidays (other than children’s books), but when I saw that my 2015 PopSugar challenge had such an entry, I knew 2014 wouldn’t be the last year I did it.

I don’t know how familiar you guys are with the song “The Christmas Shoes”, I know I’ve heard it and the general message is one that I know pretty well but it’s not a favourite or anything. So imagine my surpri
Feb 10, 2009 Nathan rated it did not like it
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
Jun 26, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: christmas, christian
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
Dec 15, 2008 Antof9 rated it liked it
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
Sandra Bašić
Dec 12, 2015 Sandra Bašić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadness and pain mixed with warmth and gratitude. Right book at the right time - Christmas time! Christmas is not only decorations and gifts underneath the tree, Christmas is love, family and faith. Books like this one are here to remind us that, over and over again. Don't celebrate holidays for material causes, stay still for a moment and be grateful - for life and for persons beside you.

All of us have something to believe in, so have faith and BELIEVE!
Dec 26, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Heather McKeon
Sep 18, 2012 Heather McKeon rated it it was ok
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
Sep 30, 2011 Jeannette rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
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
Dec 14, 2008 Kristy rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
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
It's been awhile since I have read a tear jerker this book is simply heart wrenching yet absolutely wonderful. Love the message of it just beautiful and highly recommend
It to anyone who wants a good book with a good message that is an easy to read wonderful Christmas book! And PS make sure A. You aren't sitting in the dentist office while reading as they might think you are crying from tooth pain and B. Have a box of tissues handy
Apr 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful! I read it so quickly, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I want to read the sequel but it may have to wait till next year. I am going to watch the movie.. I might cry like I cried whilst reading the book.

Please read the book, it's a beautiful story with a beautiful message.
Dec 02, 2016 Kara rated it really liked it
Such a sweet story with a wonderful message. I cried and cried and my heart was full of so many feelings. I love Christmas stories!
Oksana Ulitska
Jan 11, 2017 Oksana Ulitska rated it really liked it
Різдвяна історія про вміння дарувати і приймати любов, ніби проста і коротка, але трагічна і дуже проймає - я плакала. Гарно написана, читається легко.
Sarah Elizabeth
Apr 17, 2017 Sarah Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is a very sad book because the characters are so lovable. Robert is a person who doesn't do much of others, but when Nathan's mom, Maggie, is dying from cancer, he wants to help Nathan get his mom a good Christmas present. It is so heartwarming to read around the holidays because it really shows the true meaning of Christmas is being there for family and giving instead of being selfish. Robert learns to help others in their time of need and the boy changes his life with his generosity to hi ...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Apr 18, 2009 Nancy (Hrdcovers) rated it liked it
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
Alisha Marie
Aug 27, 2011 Alisha Marie rated it did not like it
Shelves: christmas
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

Robert กำลังจะเสียภรรยาและลูกสาว 2 คนไปหลังเทศกาลคริสตมาสเสรจสิน Kate ตองการหยาขาดจากสามีทีทำแตงานไมเคยมีเวลาใหครอบครัว

ในขณะทีทุกคนกำลังมีความสุขกับเทศกาลคริสตมาส Nathan กำลังโศกเศราเพราะใกลจะสูญเสียแมทีปวยเปนโรคมะเรง

Robert และ Nathan มาทีหางในชัวโมงสุดทายกอนหางปิดดวยจุดประสงคทีตางกัน Robert มาหาของขวัญในนาทีสุดทายใหภรรยาและลูกเพือกลบเกลือนความรูสึกผิด ในขณะที Nathan มาหาของขวัญเพือใหแมนำติดตัวไปเฝาพระผูเปนเจา เขาหยิบรองเทาค
Dec 26, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
The song that was written based on this book is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. I wait with anticipation every Christmas season. The Christmas Shoes is bound to become a Christmas classic. It is heart-warming, intelligent and very touching. It is the perfect book to read during the holidays, or if you need to find something to cheer your soul up a little. It is the perfect book to put you into the Christmas mood.

The book contains two stories. The first is of Nathan, a young boy who'
Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}
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
Jan 06, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
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
Dec 20, 2016 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. My grandmother suggested that I read this book and since it is close to Christmas, I thought it would be a perfect read and I was right. This book shows us that it's the little things in life that often mean the most. It also teaches us that its not about the things under the tree at Christmas time, it's about spending time with loved ones and cherishing every moment you spend with them because life is short. I often had tears in my eyes as I read this book for the ...more
Dec 01, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas
I knew going into this book that it was going to be a sad one based on the book description. But my wasn't just sad, it was heart wrenching! I could only read it in small doses because every time I picked it up it made me cry! I can't say that I really enjoyed it because it was just so hard emotionally to read. I thought about bailing on it the whole time I was reading it. There was a heartwarming message to the story, but for me it was overshadowed by all the grief. Kudos to the a ...more
Sandra Noel
Nov 30, 2009 Sandra Noel rated it did not like it
This book is pure schmaltz and I learned nothing from it. It is contrived and unmoving. I cannot imagine how the characters developed, as they magically appeared with different/changed circumstances without any plot development to get them there. The peripheral characters may as well have been fashioned from cardboard. All characters were stereotypes and had little impact on the meaning of Christmas. I think, to get to the end of this, one just has know that people die, sometimes on Christmas, a ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Margaret rated it liked it
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
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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 Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2)
  • The Christmas Hope (Christmas Hope, #3)
  • The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope, #4)
  • The Christmas Secret (Christmas Hope, #5)
  • The Christmas Note (Christmas Hope #6)
  • The Christmas Light (Christmas Hope #7)
  • The Christmas Town (Christmas Hope #8)

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