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The Christmas Promise (Christmas Hope #4)

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Each Christmas we are given a promise from heaven. And each year on earth we make promises to each other.

This is a story about how a promise from one person to another shows us the true meaning of faith, remembrance, and love.Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, r
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1st 2007)
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"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia, as quoted in The Christmas Promise

Absolutely delightful, like a comfy quilt on cold winter's day. And humorous....

"When I was young I always envisioned myself being fit and lean at this age in the middle of a race with runn
Jan 04, 2013 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories
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The Christmas Promise was another great Christmas story from Donna VanLiere. The first three books in the Christmas Hope series embodied a sense of sadness with death taking center stage in each of them. While I loved all those books, it was nice to have one with a more whimsical tone where no one dies or is struggling mightily with someone else's death. There are some heavy themes, such as loneliness, alcoholism, domestic abuse and a missing child, but there was enough h
Dec 14, 2015 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
It took me a bit to get into this one, but I'm so glad I kept reading. Once I got hooked on the story, I was hooked in a major way. This was a very good Christmas story!
Dec 15, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good, quick, unrealistic Christmas read. But that's OK - I don't usually read books for reality.
There was, however, a lot of hope and very real, flawed characters. A great little study of God's grace and how He never gives up even when we do. Yet not overly "christiany".

The author did a very good job at slowly revealing the little mysteries of the characters without dragging them (and my patience) out. This wasn't your typical sappy holiday book by a cheesy author.
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Nov 24, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Donna Van Liere has numerous books about Christmas hope, love, and God's working in people's lives. This particular book is especially good as it is basically about God's grace. Sixty something, Gloria, lives alone since the death of her husband seven years ago, when her 17 year old son ran away and her other children were grown and living away with their own families. She has a special wish that has been hanging on her tree for years--a prayer for God.

Gloria spends her day helping people. She t
Jul 21, 2009 Stephy rated it liked it
Sadly this is book 3 in a 4 book series and I read only this one.
It was good a feel good book. A very quick read though. And I might have teared up once or twice.

Seven years ago Gloria endured a family tragedy that almost shook her faith entirely. Each Christmas she places a card in an envelope on her tree, restating a promise she made to her husband before he died. Now, having moved from her small town and all the painful memories it held, she is building a life by caring for people in need. Wh
Dec 03, 2011 Rayni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a feel good Christmas book.
Recommended to Rayni by: author recognition
I listened to this book with my mother. The author read the book & did a wonderful job. I had a hard time following as it jumped back & forth between Chaz & Gloria. Not realizing this was part of a series, I enjoyed meeting Mr. Wilson, Robert Layton, Jack & Nathan Andrews again from Christmas Shoes & Christmas Blessings. Christmas Promise could definitely be read as a stand alone book. As Nathan & Jack briefly appear. Mr. Wilson & Robert Layton play more prominent par ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, chick-lit, 2012
Miss Glory lives her life for others and yet her neighbor, 'critical Miriam' sees very little without suspicion and disapproval. What happens when Miriam and Miss Glory are thrown together and must endure each others company? Within the same house?

Chaz is a loner who goes from job to job, dwelling to dwelling. He takes a job in security at a department store to pad his wallet until he decides to move on. During this job he meets and works with several people whose lives have him looking at himse
Nov 18, 2011 Loraine rated it really liked it
Once again, Donna VanLiere has delivered a great Christmas read. Once again Christmas approaches and Mrs. Glory aka Gloria wonders if she will ever see her son again who disappeared just before his father's death 7 years earlier. As she works her out of home project, to help the needy (including her obnoxious next door neighbor Mary), Mrs. Glory's life becomes intertwined with many who really need her help. Will this be the year that her Christmas promise is delivered?

I really liked the characte
Debby Zigenis-Lowery
Dec 26, 2014 Debby Zigenis-Lowery rated it really liked it
Last December, in a short days/long nights funk, I could not settle on any books I wanted to read--which is a very strange state for me to find myself in. I could not read past about the third page of anything until I finally picked up a Christmas novel by a favorite author--A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs. Finally, the can't-make-myself-follow-through-reading-anything spell was broken, and I went one to read several other Christmas novels that month.

So, this December I was looking forward
Jul 01, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Seven years ago, Gloria Bailey suffered a devastating family tragedy that almost took away her faith completely; as it was, Gloria's idyllically happy life was shaken down to its very foundation. Since then, she has struggled to comprehend the reason why her life was turned upside down; and to somehow find the strength of will to carry on. Each Christmas she places a card inside an envelope on her tree, acknowledging and solemnly restating a promise she had made to her husband just before his de ...more
Ricki Treleaven
Dec 18, 2015 Ricki Treleaven rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best Christmas books I've ever read. Gloria is a mother after my own heart: She never gives up on her son, and she doesn't succumb to grief and despair. Instead she tirelessly helps others in dire need. Everything she does is in response to a Christmas promise she made many years ago.

Chaz's story was so touching. He is one of the most developed characters I've ever read which is amazing considering it's a fairly short novel. I would love to read another book about him! Scriptu
Beckie Burnham
Dec 24, 2015 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it
The Christmas Promise is the second audiobook by Donna VanLiere that I have enjoyed this Christmas. (I am currently listening to number 3, The Christmas Note.) Full of humor and heart, this book’s message of second chances is front and center, whether it’s a grumpy neighbor or an estranged family member or a mom who has made some bad choices. Familiar characters from this series make an appearance making them feel like old friends. VanLiere reads the book herself, and her voices and inflection a ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Jana rated it liked it
This is a good story, but the reason I didn't rate it higher is because I detest books that introduce a dozen or so characters in a short story...It takes me several chapters to figure out who everyone is and then BAM! the book is ended! Maybe I'm just slow witted...
Dec 08, 2008 Malinda rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I liked this "Christmas book." It has many lessons for the reader, but the one that struck me the most was that we need to be careful who and how we judge others. I recommend this book to you!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Dec 20, 2014 Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it it was amazing
Another heartwarming Christmas Story by Donna VanLiere. Gloria, also known as Miss Glory works with the homeless and/or single parent, low income families. She teaches classes, takes in donations that she later passes out and offers more than just her moral support. These people are like family to her. Her husband died 7 years earlier and her youngest son left home a week before he died. She still leaves the porch light on for him. We meet her surly, uppity neighbour Miriam, a young homeless pre ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Eomicheli rated it really liked it
Nice to read a "feel good" book during the holidays! Definitely on the light side, but enjoyable just the same.
Glenda Findley
Dec 16, 2015 Glenda Findley rated it really liked it
The Christmas Promise caught my eye while I was walking the aisles of my local library. Since I don't usually seek out holiday novels, I credit the library staff for the festive Christmas holiday gathering on the day I chose to borrow this short novel.

A delightfully heartwarming and easy read, I'm not a fan of the first person narrative; yet Donna VanLiere wrote smooth transitions to third person and back, creating good characters and an interesting plot totally family friendly. This is an east
Another wonderful story by Donna VanLiere! I'm so glad that I've discovered this series. As usual, there are some heartbreaking moments/situations in this story, but also some light, humorous ones as well. The relationship between the main character, Gloria, and her meddling, cantankerous neighbor, Miriam, is completely believable. As the story moves along, they end up helping each other through several situations and turn out to be great friends. There are plenty of tears to be had, and a heart ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it
Another heart-warming story in the series. 4 stars
Jan 25, 2015 Mj rated it liked it
I traditionally read as many seasonal reads as possible in December to really get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Promise was my first holiday read this season and it didn’t disappoint. In holiday books I look for “feel good” stories and don’t rate them harshly due to their predictability. I want them to be predictably schmaltzy and especially to focus on strong messages of giving and grace.

Donna VanLiere writes well. Her prose flows and she does a good job with dialogue. She filled thi
Jan 04, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this little Christmas novel. It's always kind of fun to read a Christmas-themed book during this time of year. It was the first I have read by this author. (There are more Christmasy novels by her.) The story line kept my interest, and the character development was good. I knew that the main characters would somehow be connected, and it was fun to see how the author did this. Some of the connections were unexpected, which was good (not too predictable). The book was not overly religiou ...more
Katrina Burchett
After suffering loss, Gloria Bailey moved to a new town and started a new life, but she didn’t forget the promise she had made to her late husband. At Christmastime she placed a card in an envelope on her tree, restating that promise. Would the day ever come when she could fulfill the promise and take the envelope off of the tree for good?
I liked Gloria. She was a kind, selfless woman who thought of others as better than herself. Because of something that happened in her past, it was important f
Juergen John Roscher
Jul 13, 2013 Juergen John Roscher rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, read_2013

I have read and enjoyed other Donna VanLiere's books from the Christmas Hope series. Yes they may be a little sentimental but they always have a great Christmas message of family, faith and hope in Christ; this book is no different.

This book has two separate story lines that merge at the end to miraculous ending that helps heal tattered lives. One story line is about a young man who drifts from area to area, job to job and relationship to relations. The other story line is about an elderly woman
Jan 09, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This is the first book in this series that I have read, but my mom loaned it to me and told me I could read it as a stand alone book and she was definitely right. I really enjoyed it, and I also think it could be enjoyed during any season. Other than a few mentions of the holiday shopping season, holiday dinners, Christmas lights, and a short scene on Christmas day, it's not all about Christmas. It was a very sweet book, although I did get confused a few times when switching between Chaz and Glo ...more
Dec 18, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
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Apr 05, 2011 Christy rated it liked it
Part 4 of 'The Christmas Shoes' series. This is a series and you should read the books and/or see the films. In this story, the are many lessons to be learned in life, and sometimes those lessons are not easy. Gloria (Miss Glory) lost her husband around Christmastime and to add to that pain and anguish, several weeks prior to that, her youngest child, Matthew, ran away because he couldn't take the pain and stress any longer more. Eventually, Gloria moves to another town. She starts to help to th ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Anita added it
Shelves: christmas
A promise is very much like a beacon of light left on: for direction, for accountability, and for hope. In lieu of something more tangible, sometimes, a promise is all that we have to hang our hat on. Nonetheless, its strength can be likened to that of a spider's web -- fine and delicate, seemingly inconsequential, breakable -- but laden with the potential of a bountiful harvest. And at no greater time that our hearts wait expectantly than at Christmas.
Feb 15, 2011 Mommywest rated it liked it
This book didn't leave me with the same feeling as the other three in the series, but it is still a good story. It seems to be more gritty than the other two. Certain situations are glossed over and not moralized, which may be refreshing for some readers. I do love the main character. Even though she struggles with issues of her own, she goes out of her way to make others, warts and all, feel they have a safe haven. She is a giver, a rescuer, but one of her greatest struggles lives right next do ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys holiday themed stories.
Recommended to Dawn by: I've read the first three books in the Christmas Hope series.
This is the fourth book in the Christmas Hope series. Another wonderful holiday story about hope, grace and the promise of Christmas. I like how characters from the previous books make appearances in the other stories, as each story takes place in the same town. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. Even though the holidays are over, it doesn't hurt to keep the spirit and real reason for Christmas in our minds and hearts.
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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 Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)
  • The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2)
  • Christmas Keepsakes: The Christmas Shoes & The Christmas Blessing
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