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The Silent Gift

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The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty--for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn't wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Luke...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2009)
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Keiki Hendrix
An absolutely marvelous read. A joy from the time you pick it up until you finish the final word.

Set in the era of the Great Depression, one flawed woman and one flawed boy make their way through poverty, prosperity, and politics, to finally arrive at peace.

‘The Silent Gift‘ by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley will cause you to think just how far our culture has come in how we view those who are physically disabled and even more those who are emotionally scarred.

Mary Goodwin, mother to Jack,...more
I really enjoyed this debut novel from Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley. The pair worked together on the Love Comes Softly movie series and decided to write an original story of their own.

The Silent Gift takes place during the Great Depression. Jack is born to Mary deaf and mute. His father, Jerry, would rather the boy be given to an institution, but Mary never wants her sweet, innocent, albeit silent son, anywhere but in her loving care. When she discovers Jerry plans to leave them penniles...more

If you have not read any of Michael Landon Jr.'s books - you are missing out!

I had previously read One More Sunrise and was anxious to get my hands on his second book, The Silent Gift.

I could hardly put this book down - it drew me in from the very first chapter and I found myself rushing to get back to the story and find out what happens to Jack, the little boy who is deaf and mute.

Jack's journey begins with a tumultuous birth underwater, after an automobile accident. From there, he and his moth...more
Ryan G
I've been sitting here for about 10 minutes now trying to decide how and what I want to say about this book. I had received an email from the publicist asking me if I wanted to review the book and I have been hesitant about excepting them since I had a really, really bad experience a few months ago. I went ahead and accepted anyway and now I'm sitting hear unsure of what I want to say about it. I just keep looking at the cover and find myself riveted by the simpleness yet overwhelming power of t...more
Amy Binkerd
This book was really good! It's a good mix of heart-warming, frustrating, and then back to heart-warming again. I enjoyed it all the way through.
When is the movie coming out, if ever a story needs to be made into a movie it is this one!! I was completely wrapped up in this story from page one. A mother's love is a bond so strong and this book shows just how a Mother loves her children with all her heart and soul. I didn't put this book down till the very end , and was saying no Mary don't give up !! Don't jump , Jack is so close!!! Thanks to both Michael and Cindy for writing such an amazing book!! I will read it again and again an if th...more
I had seen this book and read the reviews on Goodreads which rated it very high. I just wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be.

The writing is well done, in that I could easily visualize what was happening and the characters as well. I liked the fact that each character was very unique and written well. I never thought, "oh, what a lame character". They each had a story that intertwined well and lent a few surprises.

What I didn't like was the story would move along quite slowly and then a lo...more
It is almost 3:00 in the morning as I write this review. Why? Because I just finished the last page of a book that gripped my heart from the first paragraph and didn't let go until the last sentence had me in tears. I was swept away into the life and times of the 1930's with such abandon that I would have sworn for a short while that I could smell the circus, see the sunlight reflecting off the windows at the Edmundson's estate, glimpse the red skin barely peeking out from under Mary's white ki...more
Dundee Library
I really enjoyed this debut novel from Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley. The pair worked together on the Love Comes Softly movie series and decided to write an original story of their own.

The Silent Gift takes place during the Great Depression. Jack is born to Mary deaf and mute. His father, Jerry, would rather the boy be given to an institution, but Mary never wants her sweet, innocent, albeit silent son, anywhere but in her loving care. When she discovers Jerry plans to leave them penniles...more
Michele Minor
Jack is a deaf mute child growing up in the Midwest during the Great Depression. Mary is his mother trying to keep her son with her inside of sending him to an institution which is what her husband wants to do with him. Mary eventually leaves her husband with her son Jack when she finds out that he plans on leaving her and Jack first and penniless. She soon discovers that Jack has the gift of prophecy and she finds those who are kind to her and her son to help her out. She is a single mother who...more
There are so many layers to this book. I was intrigued, angry, hopeful, and sad during the reading of this book. I must say the authors are fabulous writers! There was such depth to the story and many layers to the main character.

"The decade of the 'thirties was a time of enormous uncertainty--for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of unyielding love and incredible sacrifices in the face of circumstances beyond bel...more
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
I was very intrigued by the idea of this novel. I mean it’s about a woman and what she would do to protect her son and also her absolute love for him. I was also very curious to know what the “gift” was. I picked it up the other night and as I was reading I found that the way it was written was honestly perfect. It has good rhythm and just a good voice. The storyline was beyond amazing. I was only about a quarter through the book when I picked it up Saturday and I pretty much couldn’t let go of...more
The year is 1930. Mary will never forget the day her extraordinary son, Jack was born. She and her husband, Jerry Sinclair were driving to the hospital to deliver the baby. The roads were slick as it was raining. Jerry lost control of the car. It went off the road and into a lake. Mary ends up giving birth to Jack in the lake.

Jack was born completely deaf. He can’t even read lips. Ever since that day, Jerry has become cold and selfish. Mary packs up Jack and they run away. Mary discovers that J...more
I tend to steer clear of any books focusing on religion or faith, but I was intrigued by The Silent Gift as soon as I learned about it. I enjoy most fiction dealing with psychic ability or prophecy and decided to take a chance. I'm very glad I did. The Silent Gift is a book that has religious themes, without being preachy, but more it is a book showing a mother's never-wavering love for her disabled son. Mary's life with Jack and everything she went through in the name of protecting her son was...more
In the beginning Mary is living with her husband and their son Jack during the Great Depression. Jack does not communicate with others which his mother embraces as being who Jack is and his father holds against them both. One night Mary learns that her husband is planning on leaving them both (with all of their money and overdue bills) so Mary takes Jack and (literally) runs. She learns during this time that Jack can communicate (and see the future) through the word of God. Mary is not certain w...more
Beverly Deck
Pretty good story, but the gift of prophesy is treated in a mystical way rather than Biblical, which devalues the way God communicates with His people today. Being familiar with the author should have prepared me for the mystical element of this book.
Although it's been years since I read Blessed Child by Ted Dekkar, The Silent Gift reminded me a great deal of that book I've long thought about and often recommended to others. The Silent Gift is about a deaf-mute boy with a gift of prophecy and a mother who fiercely loves him as she her struggle to protect him. I appreciated the conflict between surviving and making morally responsible decisions during a time when so many were struggling to stay ahead and Mary's struggle to trust a God who see...more
Intriguing characters, interesting plot, fleshed out characters, and mostly believable events: this was a great book. I read it in four hours and didn't put it down except to get a glass of water.

My only complaint - I really wanted Jack's perspective! I wanted to know what was going on in Jack's head, how he felt about all his adventures. From running away from his abusive father, living in a homeless shelter, being deposited into a poor house, hoboing around the country, and working for a circ...more
Interesting. I forgot while reading the book that the 'preface' is written by the boy and I only remembered when the end had his voice again. That was a nice touch, since you never really know during the book how with it Jack is, so the beginning and end let you know that he really is intelligent and aware. The story was predictable to me - there were no surprises and I figured I knew 1/3 of the way through what was happening, but that was okay. The characters aren't too fleshed out, but it was...more
Kelly Hager
I really enjoyed this book--it's a compelling, sweet story about a mother's love for her son. Mary is a single mom and her eight-year-old son, Jack, is deaf and mute. They're also on the run from her husband, who is not a very nice person. It's hard for her to find jobs, because she has to keep him with her and most would-be bosses frown on that.

Then it turns out that her son is sort of psychic, and this is sort of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it's possible to turn that into money (money =...more
Mary (BookHounds)
I have to admit I really enjoyed this book even though I did cry during parts of it. The story centers around Jack who is deaf and mute and has a gift of predicting the future by writing down bible verse numbers that would lead to a passage applicable to someone's situation. Just when you think it couldn't get worse for Jack and his mother, the situation turns dire and you wonder how this family can make it. Mary, Jack's mother, finds strength to continue. All in all, this is a very heartwarming...more
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I have to say what first drew me to this book was the author. But, the description sounded interesting as well. The first chapter draws you in quickly. I was a little nervous about the religious connections in this book at first, but the story never came across as preachy. In fact, I ended up really enjoying that aspect of it. The story is set in the 30's, but it felt very modern most of the time. I think what I ended up indentifing most with was Mary. She sacraficed everything for her son. The...more
Phyllis C
Sad story with love and suspense about a deaf-mute boy. (Hard for me to recommend.)
Hooked by the first chapter, predictable at times, but still captivating story
Luke and his mother Mary escape a withdrawn and mean husband and end up in Chicago on their own with few options and resources. Luke is deaf and unable to communicate. Mary is determined to find a position that will pay enough to support the two of them, while keeping him by her side. She is taken advantage of, and falls prey to bad luck on more than one occasion. The book delves into the use of spiritual gifts and the consequences of misusing them. A good reminder of how far we've come in terms...more
Linda Zumpf
Loved the story. My first Michael Landon book.
Apr 20, 2014 Carrie added it
This was a good book.
Vicente William Saenz
A mother's love.

A mother's love.

I couldn't put this book down. It is one of the best stories that I have read in along time. Thank you for this wonderful story of how God takes care of our children, and Grandchildren.
Loved it!!
This book was OK. I don't always expect fiction to be completely realistic or believable - in fact, I think I'm one who can often see beyond the story to a deeper message. I appreciate the merit of the author's message, but I find the holes in this story absolutely gaping and the symbolism shallow. I can't help but to think that if I were the one who submitted this story to a publisher it would've been rejected outright. (It helps to have famous family connections . . .)
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