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The Christmas Child: A Story of Coming Home

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  154 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A Chicago journalist finds himself in a small Texas town on Christmas eve. Lonely and alone, he encounters old faces and new facts…a hand carved manger, a father's guilt, a young girl's faith. The trip into the past holds his key to the future, and a scarlet cross shows him the way home.

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Thomas Nelson (first published 1998)
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Shakara Withers
Nov 08, 2012 Shakara Withers rated it liked it
This is a short, fictional tale by renowned Christian author Max Lucado.

If you know me well or have already read my other Goodreads review, then you know about my near-obsession with Lucado (he's one of my favorite writers across all genres). I figured I'd give this book a read because I'm trying to fulfill a goal of reading all of Lucado's published material!

This story is a little bit about Christmas (The holiday felt much more like a backdrop or something incidental to the story, not critical
Dec 12, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
After I got into this story, I realized that I had seen the movie. Still, it's a great story of forgiveness and finding your true self. We all can take a page out of this book. Do you have someone you need to forgive this Christmas? While Christmas is a time of great joy for many, it is also a very sad time for some. Try to make it a happy one for someone else.
Dora Wagner
I really love Max Lucado. This is a great story of finding yourself at Christmas the true message.
Jan 12, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie based off of it as well.
Sep 10, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
A little stereotypical, but one of my favorite Christmas classics. :)
Dec 14, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Tear jerker but i loved the storyline :)
Oct 19, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: vintage, quick-reads
Pulls on the heart strings in M. Lucado signature style.
Mait the Great
Dec 18, 2015 Mait the Great rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion, it was the best of the three in The Max Lucado Christmas Collection. I'm really glad I read this.
Nov 23, 2008 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
(book, fiction)
a. very touching story about a man and his wife who are struggling in their marriage.
b. The main character, a man whose father receives a photo in the mail – a photo of a church – Clearwater Lutheran Church. He sets out to find the church pictured in the photo. What he learns upon finding the church surprises him very much. – 5 STARS

Dec 03, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Another super short story! This one is about making mistakes, forgiveness, and love. It begins with the story of a hand-carved nativity set at a church in Texas, and ends with secrets revealed and hearts mending.
Mary Hollister
Nov 10, 2011 Mary Hollister rated it really liked it
I liked this story even though it is kind of sappy. A husband and wife separate for a few days and the husband discovers some interesting facts about his life while he is gone.
Dec 31, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Now I want to watch the movie. These stories are alwayse predictable but I can't help but get sucked in.
Apr 05, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
Great Christmas story. I would love to see the movie that was made in conjunction with this book.
Dec 22, 2010 Kymberly rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I cried and cried. such a touching story of true forgiveness.
Sep 22, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a nice quick read to get you in the true spirit of Christmas.
Mar 18, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
A short story fitting for the season. Wonderful and emotional story. Enjoy!
Sam Lonberg
Dec 11, 2011 Sam Lonberg rated it really liked it
Uplifting and enjoyable. Very short, so it can be read aloud.
Aug 19, 2009 Swhe641200 rated it liked it
Story of a missing child from a Nativity Sceen. Ok story.
Jul 29, 2007 Carol rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults, mature teens
Shelves: lucado
excellent book
the heart of home
domestic struggle
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Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, ...more
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