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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, 362 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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ArtfullySinful
The most amazing, moving, beautiful novel I've ever had the guidance to read. Such a heart wrenching story taking place during the Great Depression Era in the 1930s, of how a mother would do anything to get her son back from the clutches of a monster. A story of undeniable love and incredible sacrifices, Mary runs from a failing marriage, taking forth with her a story of withdraw from shattered family after shattered family, as she runs with all the money her husband had and eight year old Jack, ...more
Audrey
Sep 23, 2013 Audrey rated it it was amazing
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
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Janna
Nov 10, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
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
Charmaine
There is much to love about this story - which is actually several stories all overlapping one another. Although some of the scenarios are not particularly believable, the flawed human characters certainly are true to life - and the choices the characters make, in spite of their flaws, is a very endearing part of the story. Love and self-sacrifice win in the end and that always makes for a good ending!

I would give it 4.5 stars, if that were an option.

Clean readers: this one is 100% clean.
Keiki Hendrix
Dec 24, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
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,
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Cafelilybookreviews
Apr 28, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it


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
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Zelda
Jun 06, 2016 Zelda rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful, beautiful book. The characters and their journeys are so life like and real. I found myself hooked from the very first page, as I followed the ups and downs in the lives of Mary and her son Jack. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to read about people who are real, and not perfect, warts and all. Even though at times it looks like there will not be a happy ending; eventually there is one.
AlegnaB
This book was mostly depressing. The child was unrealistic. He showed hardly any emotions and was almost totally inactive (he just sat around most of the time). (view spoiler)
Sarah
Jul 31, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
I'm not so much a fan of the "inspirational" novel genre and probably wouldn't have chosen this had I not gone to the library with the entire family after already running a few errands. Their collective patience didn't allow for adequate browsing. ;)

The book was interesting enough for me to finish it, but had some issues with pacing and heavy-handedness.
Dan
Jul 20, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok
Meh. I think this could have been better. The focus was usually on what the mother was doing and feeling rather than on what the son was doing and feeling. This became painfully true in the last fifty pages. I didn't like that a major plot development was brought to light in the last chapter by a character speaking from heaven either.
Cindy
Jan 19, 2010 Cindy rated it it was ok
So I'm still waiting for really good, quality Christian fiction. Why is it so hard to find? There were places in this story that I enjoyed but there were also so many holes in it and so many places that I skipped.
Kristine
Oct 21, 2010 Kristine rated it it was ok
This plot is too contrived for my taste. It is predictable and shallow. I was very disappointed in the book.

Amy Binkerd
Jul 13, 2012 Amy Binkerd rated it really liked it
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.
Carrie
Apr 05, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing
This was a good book.
Ellen
Dec 26, 2016 Ellen rated it did not like it
I am so very disappointed in this book. I had it on my to-read list for years at Audible: written by Michael Landon Jr... narrated by John McDonough... a tag line featuring favorite Hallmark channel movies... the story of a depression-era family that copes with the difficulties of raising a deaf son who has a special gift... There were no indications anywhere that I would dislike this book or regret buying not just the audio but the e-book too.

When the car bearing Mary in labor with Jack goes ca
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Gloria Sherwood
Dec 04, 2016 Gloria Sherwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clean loving christian story

This was such a sweet and precious story. Oh there were many many sad parts but the overall message of Jesus's love is precious. It touched me personally because of working in audiolgy for many years. God uses so many broken people to glorify Him as He makes them whole. God bless you Michael Landon Jr for this story that glorifies the Lord Jesus you did a great job, wonderful talent. I recommend this author
Ryan G
May 04, 2014 Ryan G rated it liked it
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
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
Nov 24, 2009 Leslie (That Chick That Reads) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
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
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
Cheryl
Nov 20, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
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
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Catherine
Oct 20, 2015 Catherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Krista
Jul 05, 2010 Krista rated it it was amazing
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
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Michele Minor
Jun 13, 2011 Michele Minor rated it really liked it
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
Cydnie
Dec 26, 2009 Cydnie rated it liked it
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
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Linda
Dec 02, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
A really good book. The story of a mother and her total and undying love for her deaf-mute autistic son. We are with Mary and Jack as they escape from an unloving and abusive husband/father. We are with Mary as she is separated from Jack and spends years searching for him. We are with Jack as he is separated from his mother's love and protection and yet is taken care of by the God that Mary no longer believes in. And then.........................SPOILER........................................... ...more
Marlo
Sep 03, 2013 Marlo rated it really liked it
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
Nancy
Jan 06, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
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
Jennifer
Jan 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Cindy
Oct 26, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Cassandra
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
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Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include Traces of Mercy and One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
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