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The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  28,556 Ratings  ·  787 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 21, 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 12, 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!
3.5 stars.
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 14, 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 29, 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
May 14, 2013 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
Nov 17, 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 18, 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
Dec 21, 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.
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
Jan 02, 2016 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
Feb 05, 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
Oct 13, 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
Jennifer Pitman
Nov 26, 2015 Jennifer Pitman rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book that reflects the true meaning of Christmas from the Bible story of "Luke." The song from Newsong is based from this sweet book that focuses on life, love & death. It reminds you of what an impact you have on strangers never know how you can affect people until a simple gesture becomes a wake up call like it did in this book for a workaholic husband/father. Can't wait to read more from this Christian author!
Dec 15, 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
Dec 18, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 07, 2009 Traci rated it it was amazing
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.
Carlos Jadiel
Oct 23, 2015 Carlos Jadiel rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING. La Navidad es mi fiesta favorita del año. A veces en nuestra vida no nos damos cuenta de que los detalles mas pequeños son los que nos llenan de felicidad. Es tiempo de perder el miedo a decir te amo a tu seres queridos y vivir cada momento con ellos porque llegara el día en que no podamos decirle un simple "Te quiero"
Kim Hampton
May 25, 2015 Kim Hampton rated it it was amazing
This book should come with a Kleenex warning on the front! I knew from hearing the song on the radio that it was going to be sad, but I couldn't even begin to imagine the heartache it would make me feel. A wonderful story about how God can use the smallest thing to change someone's life forever.
Jan 09, 2009 Somer rated it really liked it
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.
Linda Bourg
Nov 19, 2014 Linda Bourg rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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