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Unwrapping Christmas

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  429 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
It's that time of year again, and with excitement and high expectations, Rose has planned the perfect Christmas for her family and friends. But when she feels them drifting away during a time that should celebrate togetherness, Rose is forced to slow down in the most unexpected way. In this whimsical, uplifting story, she discovers the true meaning of giving.
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Zondervan (first published September 18th 2007)
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Dec 18, 2014 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read "The Christmas Lamp" by this author and enjoyed it very much but this one was a disappointment.

Rose is a very busy woman who never says no. She volunteers for everyone but has no time for her family. You just want to reach through the pages and slap her. Her husband Joey tries telling her to maybe give up a few things but she just won't listen. While planning a family Christmas Eve dinner for all her family, she has an accident that finally makes her see the light. This is a Christian fic
I generally liked this story but it still needs a lot of work. The story felt as if it had been thrown together and that the author needed to exert more effort into creating a sense of realism. We've all gotten overbooked at times and shown a poor sense of values and priorities when committing our time and efforts, but the protagonist took it to such foolish extremes and was so callous toward her family's needs, that instead of feeling for her, I was feeling that she was a neurotically disturbed ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Effie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I can understand why and how the main character thinks she needs to do it all, but she had a seriously case of being unable to say no. She acted like she'd be letting down the entire congregation of her church if she admitted she couldn't do it all. Even after her husband and kids complain, she willfully keeps going and going, ignoring family for the sake of others. Service is important, but not at the cost of your family. For that reason I found Rose to be unsympathetic. At one point I wanted t ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 14, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a short, sweet read that packs a powerful punch. Lori reveals thru her main character Rose what “love One Another looks like.” Rose is challenged by another verse “Be Still and Know I am God”. She is rarely still long enough to know God is God “Too Busy” sound familiar? Yet another verse “Rest in His Assurance” “REST” who has time for that?

These are things women struggle with daily. Lori reveals God’s love in action thru Rose. This book will gently remind you (in practical ways) how to
Jan 03, 2009 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I quite enjoyed this book. I have never been much of a Christian novel reader but I figured with the holiday season I would give this one a try. It was a very easy and quick read. The message in the story is great (slow down and enjoy what you have) without being preachy. I found myself identifying with the characters and seeing places where I could learn from the book.

I would suggest this book to anyone that likes Christian novels, it is very good.
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was amazing for a Christmas story. It brought out the true meaning of Christmas. The main character is Rose Bergman who is so busy doing all sorts of committee's and volunteering between town and church. She neglects her family to the point her husband Joey has to point out things that are going on that she is clueless to. Her friends are suffering some issues, one person Sue thinks she may have breast cancer after detecting a lump, her co-worker at the thrift store her son is using dr ...more
A heart-warming story of one woman's discovery of what Christmas - and serving God - is truly about.\n\nI enjoyed this short story. My only issue with it is that all the emphasis was on the wife/mother slowing down and cutting back on activities and focusing more on family. However, there was no dealing with the husband/father's workaholic tendancies. It seemed no change was necessary there. So that seemed a bit unbalanced to me.
Dec 14, 2010 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Rose is real. She's so pressed for time but knows that stopping to offer help, an ear, or a kind word is the right thing to do. She wants to help but she's overcommitted herself to so many demands. She's actually relieved when that shoulder isn't accepted or when someone else steps in. And she's oh so familiar with platitudes -- those ritualistic sayings that go through our minds -- those things that come to mind because we ourselves have been recipients of those exact words, and frankly, what e ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an author that I had never read before. It was a wonderful book about volunteering and trying to do good works in the church and forgetting what is most important. The books main character is running so fast. Her family wonders when they will actually get to sit down and have dinner together. She is always running off to help someone, volunteer, or go to a church meeting. Her family never hosts Christmas dinner so she always get stuck with 24 people at her house. She is taking migraine m ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
It's that time of year again, and with excitement and high expectations, Rose has planned the perfect Christmas for her family and friends. But when she feels them drifting away during a time that should celebrate togetherness, Rose is forced to slow down in the most unexpected way. In this whimsical, uplifting story, she discovers the true meaning of giving.

My Review - I liked this story pretty good. It's not what I would usually read by any means which is another good thing about the Nook...It
Kelly OFarrell (Meegan)
Dec 27, 2015 Kelly OFarrell (Meegan) rated it really liked it
Unwrapping faith

This book is a,quick lightheaded for anyone and especially busy people. You maybe surprised at what you find amongst the pages
Jan 05, 2011 Amancay rated it really liked it
I've taken to reading Christmas inspired, themed, or timed novels this season... in one of my own attempts to not only get in the seasonal mindset, but also to step back and enjoy it for what it is. This novel not only fit the bill wonderfully, it spoke near & dear to my heart as the main character finds herself caught up in the day to day "serving" and "busy"ness that otherwise stifling her life, and true enjoyment of this time of year.

A quick read, I chose to swallow it in a couple pieces,
Dec 25, 2010 VLynch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Ok, so I felt like with the season upon us a good Holiday book was in order. Ummmm. This one was not it. Starts out with a woman who thinks she is "Super woman" doing everything for everyone but her family. Heck, she feeds her family canned tuna 3x's in one week because she is too busy to go to the grocery store. (btw, I hate canned tuna, ranks up with Spam!) It's not until she has a little accident and needs her family help and she decides it time to take care of her family first and not the re ...more
Diane  Holm
Nov 30, 2011 Diane Holm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christmas fiction lovers

Holiday Hectic!

This book is a great example of the do it all attitude that seems to possess many women during the holidays and often beyond. Lori has crafted a grand story that may seem too familiar in our world of rush, rush, rush.

When Rose’s devotion to service has her going, going, going and seeming to leave her family behind the results may be devastating. An accident, on Christmas Eve, is Rose’s awakening, but will she find the right balance?

Serving God can be accomplished in many ways, but
Gina's Library
Dec 12, 2011 Gina's Library rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This was a quick read, I read it in one day. Maybe it's because I don't really get into the religious aspect of anything let alone Christmas but it seems kinda typical to me.

The book was about Rose, a busy married mom that was busy helping and taking care of others. Of course by taking care of others she neglected her own family.
It took a fall to get her to slow down and realize what she was missing.

To me it had a "It's a Wonderful Life" feel to it. It was enjoyable though.

I guess the message t
Dec 07, 2014 Kitty marked it as did-not-finish
Kind of heavy and negative - not what I look for in a holiday story.
Gail Brandt
May 19, 2015 Gail Brandt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read.
Dec 08, 2010 Kati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of us Rose Bergman thinks she needs to do it all. She is on too many committees, volunteers for everything and has herself convinced that it's her christian duty to do all these things. Unfortunately, her excessive volunteerism is causing her to neglect her family. When a slip and fall on the ice on Christmas Eve puts her out of commission, she realizes she needs to slow down and focus on a smaller number of activities, and in the process she unwraps the true meaning of Christmas.
Feb 17, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just way too busy -- no time for her family, no time for friends who need her, no time to do any good when she gets involved with various meetings, committees, etc. It takes an accident for Rose to realize that she is not indispensable but that she has been denying her family and their needs. A good lesson in learning to not do too much because you might not be doing what is necessary!!! Another free download to my Kindle.

This book was a very quick read and an excellent story to help us put the Christmas season in the right perspective. I probably should have read this before Christmas, but it will help me re-think how I spend my time this next year - all through the year. Though it's not a creative masterpiece, it IS an excellent story with a great message. Very much worth the time to read. (Also, very scary it so much mirrors my life.)
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Janice Albright
Jan 12, 2015 Janice Albright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was a great little Christmas story about how u can get so busy, or family suffers, cause u can,t say no to anyone. Good story.
Dec 28, 2010 Jessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book and I loved it! It showed how we can become so involved in helping others either in church, social friends, volunteering. We get so busy making others happy that we tend to forget those that we love so much our family and children! I loved it and it made me realize I had to begin to say no! I cannot help everyone!!! I recommed reading it!
I'm usually hesitant on novellas because of their shortness and that oftentimes the stories are hurried because of it. This was the case in some points.

The overall theme of getting wrapped up in the busyness of the holidays can get to us, overwhelm us, and make us go crazy. However, when God wants to teach us a lesson it will be either with or without our help.
Dec 27, 2010 Wanda rated it liked it
A great book to read before getting into the Christmas rush. Tells about a woman that takes on too many "good" works and in the process doesn't realize that it is affecting her family. She is forced to slow down and realizes that the world is not falling apart because of it and that her family benefits from her being with them, not just what she does for them.
Dec 15, 2013 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely, cautionary story for those people who get so involved in doing good works that they become no good to the people they love most and even themselves. It's a nice reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and Christianity. I was glad that I stopped shopping, wrapping, baking, and running long enough to read this book!
Adele Clagett
This certainly was an appropriate book to read for December. It was a cute but very predictable story about a mother/wife who becomes so involved with volunteer/charity work that see neglects the needs of her own family. An incident happens by the end of the story that causes her to realize what has occurred though.
Feb 07, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read that I picked up at the library...and the story is a good reminder that we can all stretch ourselves so thin in helping others, that we lose the meaning of Christmas within our own family! A good reminder to slow down and stop and smell the roses everyday with those you love most...not just at Christmas!
I think many Christian women can identify with Rose. We want to do so many things that we forget how to say "No," and we end up doing too many important things poorly and neglecting even more important things. A quick, easy read with a reminder of God's message: "Be still and know that I am God."
Catherine Coffman
This was a nice holiday story, and seemed really relevant to my overly busy life, but the religious undertones got a little much at times. The story also seemed a bit choppy, it didn't always flow well, but it was absolutely worth reading.
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Lori Copeland was born on 12 June 1941. She had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, her romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. She has been inducted into the Missouri Wri ...more
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