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Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she's allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves-most of all her husband Daniel. Her mar ...more
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Published March 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published June 1st 2009)
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C.
The main characters spend most of this book indulging in selfish, stupid behavior, especially the female "lead" character who nearly destroys her life through her egocentric wallowing in guilt.

I know people behave like this in reality, but they are downright toxic to be around. I can not imagine any reason why I would care to read a novel—especially a moralistic, preachy novel—which spends nearly its entire length dwelling on this behavior.

The other characters spend too much time trying to manip
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Lola4
This is a difficult book to review because, technically, I would say it was a well-written novel with realistic characters and an original storyline, and I do weary of the same old recycled generic plots. However, did I enjoy reading it--no--and it took me forever to force my way through it. I am giving it a relatively high rating because I recognize that it was a well-written book that I just didn't enjoy, although you might love it and I might enjoy some other book written by this author. I fo ...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bo ...more
Penny Watson
Didn't I say I was going to take a break from reading Christmas romance? Didn't I? Huh? Huh?

Well, I didn't. As I was perusing my Kindle, I found out I had down-loaded this freebie (One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson), and I couldn't resist.

That'll teach me.

It started out okay....for about 1/2 page. Then it got bad. And worse. And more depressing. And filled with despair. It's about a crumbling marriage. And a woman filled with guilt. And a daughter filled with anger. Everyone's life is goin
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Debra
This book was long and drawn out. I just really wanted to slap the main character and tell her to snap out of it. Then it just ended suddenly. I didn't feel inspired at all. The only reason I finished it was because I have a hard time leaving a book unfinished.
Debbie
"One Imperfect Christmas" is Christian general fiction that spanned about a year of time. Natalie was her own worst enemy. I didn't like her attitude of "life is all about me! Why can't everyone else see that?!" She didn't care about what other people were going through. However, I could always understand where she and the other characters were coming from even if I would have reacted differently. I think I was willing to put up with Natalie's self-pitying guilt because she could see that she wa ...more
Jan Crow
One Imperfect Christmas is a book that will grab your heart and not let go. Natalie Pearce loves Christmas. She believes that Christmas is a holiday that should be celebrated all year long. She has a wonderful life, full of friends, traditions, hobbies and the love of a close knit family. But when tragedy strikes the family, Natalie gets mad -- at herself, her family and God. Her anger with herself and her refusal to accept lifes dealings nearly cost her the family and her job. However, a trip t ...more
Resa
I actually like the very beginning, but as the story progresses I start to like the main character, Natalie, less and less. While at first she seems to be handling her mother’s stroke in a normal way, not necessarily the right way, but in a way many people can see resorting to themselves, her depression starts to cross a line. Natalie even manages to forget about her own daughter in her self-serving slump, and her ever-loving, separated husband never calls her out on it (until close to the end o ...more
Lori Henrich
What a beautiful story of faith, love and the power of forgiveness.

Natalie Pearce is pretty content with her life. She and Daniel are happily married and have a wonderful daughter, Lissa. One morning her mom calls to ask for help taking down the Christmas decorations. Natalie is expecting Daniel's parents later that day and just doesn't feel like helping her mom. Using her impending company as an excuse she tells her mom she can't possibly help her, and after getting her mom to promise she would
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Jackie
Dec 03, 2013 Jackie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pahlease
Recommended to Jackie by: It was a Free ebook
Natalie Pearce is a middle aged woman who is headed for a mid-life crisis when her mother suffers a stroke . She feels responsible and blames herself for not being there (boohoo) but the guilt almost costs her marriage. I have no sympathy for her.

Although she seems hardworking she lacks the ability to make good decisions and doesn't think about anyone but herself and she ends up putting her daughter and husband through hell . Her guilt ridden conscience would get the best of her had she persist
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Jenn
tedious, couldn't get into it. the main character is very "woe is me" the entire time - and although her personal battle is tough, her mother is there and she can visit her...and she acts like she's dead and gone. Everyone else acted appropriately, and she keeps blaming herself and acting like the victim in the situation. Wont read this again.
Sally906
ONE IMPERFECT CHRISTMAS is not a light and fluffy read – but it is not doom and gloom either. I spent most of my time just wanting to slap Natalie, the mental anguish she put herself through and her reasoning just didn’t ring true for me. I just didn’t get how Natalie and Daniel wouldn’t unload their real thoughts to each other – even in anger they held back. However, author Myra Johnson had a very good supporting cast and every other character in the book was likeable and believable and they ma ...more
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Maureen Timerman
This is not your normal Christmas Story. What should have been a happy family celebration ends up with the possibility of tearing a family apart. This is a story about personal forgiveness and family "Love". We have all been forgiven by accepting God's Grace, but this book shows how hard it is to forgive yourself! I did enjoy this book and would recommend it, and found it to be a good and quick read.
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Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life
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Clockstein Lockstein
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson is a poignant look at how tragedy can shatter a family. Natalie Pearce loves her life, and although she may complain about her messy husband or her teenage daughter's attitude, she's happy working part time as a graphic designer and painting in her spare time. Three weeks after Christmas, she receives a phone call that brings her entire world to a shuddering crash; her mother has suffered a severe stroke and will most likely never recover. What brings Nata ...more
Suzanne Williams
This is a book of incredible heartache. Masterfully, author Myra Johnson, takes the reader through the sadness, heartbreak, and frustration of a family during the devastating illness of a loved one. Particularly touching was the point of view of the grandmother and the love of her husband for her.

The story bogged down a bit in the middle with the repetitive thoughts of Natalie and Daniel's failing marriage. After a while, I just wanted them to get things figured out. The subplot of the teenage d
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Belinda and Bram Morgan have been married for almost 50 years and have set the example for all their children to follow in what makes love work in a marriage. They celebrate Christmas the same way now that their children have grown beginning with the celebration of Natalie's birthday and then trimming the tree. But for Natalie, those are high expectations to have even within your own home. She is far from the perfectionist her mother is and often procrastinates more than she should. That's why h ...more
Debbie
One Imperfect Christmas is a five star book times 3. This book teaches that love is the perfect gift and that sometime having everything “Perfect” isn’t always the best.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this story, it started out being after Christmas and Natalie was not feeling the Christmas Spirit. Then she gets a call from her mother to help take down the Christmas decorations and Natalie tells her she is to busy to help! From then on the story captured me and I couldn’t put the book down til
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Julie
Myra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one hard-driven work horse trying to make her way into the graphic design world. Daniel is an ambitious basketball coach with a strong desire for the top teams. Lissa is a young, beautiful teenage girl facing all the pulls of teenage life. Natalie's parents, Bram and Belinda, are the picture of a perfect marriage. After a traumatizing event, will anything ...more
Pamela Brown
"One Imperfect Christmas" by Myra Johnson is a book that goes beyond simply entertaining the reader. For me, it made me think and, more importantly, feel. Belinda, the matriarch of the family, has suffered a massive stroke and needs longterm care. Myra Johnson has skillfully weaved a tale that examines the effects of this tragic stroke on the various family members. In addition, she conveys to us the thoughts and wishes of the stroke victim Belinda.

Anyone who has ever cared for a sick loved one
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Faith Farrell
How could the story of a mother's stroke, a daughter's emotional abandonment of her own child,
a loving marriage ship-wrecking on the rocks, and one very wise young girl who sees what needs to be done, how could that be a Christmas story, you ask?

Well, think about what Christmas is all about. Jesus Christ, Son of God, entering this broken world and putting on a body of our fallen flesh, living among us, identifying with us and saving us.
It was in the darkness, sadness, lostness that we all live w
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Carla Stewart
Myra Johnson’s debut novel, One Imperfect Christmas, puts together all that is perfect about Christmas—family, faith, celebration of life and the birth of Christ. It also gives us a glimpse into life’s imperfections—loss, guilt, self-doubt, and the pain of having a loved one suffer in illness.

Natalie Pearce faces the same frustrations many busy women do—the responsibilities of maintaining a home, trying to quell her temper with a husband whose job is top priority, and providing guidance for an
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Britney
One Imperfect Christmas is a unique Christmas story that realistically portrays the struggles and imperfections of life. Natalie Pearce grapples with the guilt she feels over the stroke her mother suffered. Unable to let go of this burden, Natalie’s relationship with her family begins to suffer.

Christmas has always been a time of great celebration for Natalie and her family. Each year, they gather together to enjoy several special traditions. With her mother in the nursing home and her own famil
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Gayle
Natalie, the main character, is devastated by the fact that her mother has to be placed in a nursing home after a massive stroke. She is overwhelmed by guilt by not being with her mom when it happened. (Natalie gave her mom a lame excuse because she didn't want to help her mom take down Christmas decorations on that particular day.) This guilt leads to the destruction of her family relationships - she works too many hours, she ends up never going to see her mom, etc., etc. The books takes you th ...more
Jolie
Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom. Jun ...more
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This was one really awesome Christmas read! When Natalie Pearce chose not to go help her mom take down her Christmas decorations, she never dreamed what the year ahead held for she and her family. When her mom suffered a stroke that left her helpless, Natalie blamed herself for her mom’s condition. A string of events lead to Natalie leaving her husband and daughter, accepting a job that would require most of her time, and leaving her with strained relationships that may n
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Lisa Johnson
Title: One Imperfect Christmas
Author: Myra Johnson
Pages: 274
Year: 2009
Publisher: Abingdon
Traditions tend to run for many generations, often times morphing into something newer with each remembrance of how the tradition began. For instance, in my husband’s family, we all would make side dishes except for the turkey to go along with his mother’s stuffing. Now, with family in heaven, we still eat a turkey with stuffing and watch football just like way back in the day. In this work of fiction, Myra
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L.
There's a little bit of Natalie Pearce in everyone. A mother, daughter, wife, and employee, she is important to a lot of people. She has a loving family. She makes one mistake (declining to help her mother) and the next thing she knows she gets a call that her mother has had a stroke. Natalie goes into a tailspin, blaming herself for the incident. Her husband, Daniel and daughter Lissa bear most of the brunt of Natalie's unhappiness until Daniel finally has enough and asks her to move out. Lissa ...more
Myra Johnson
Aug 17, 2009 Myra Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well of course I'm giving my own book 5 stars!

Only Love Makes a Christmas Perfect . . .

Christmas is the season of miracles, but when blame and
guilt keep people apart, a miracle needs a helping hand.
Natalie Pearce loves Christmas so much she’d gladly make
it a year-round celebration—until her mother suffers a massive
stroke while taking down the decorations. Natalie’s guilt over
not being there to help her mom soon builds a wall that sepa-
rates her from the rest of her family, including her hu
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Myra Johnson’s roots go deep into Texas soil, but she now enjoys the milder climate of the Carolinas. Empty-nesters, Myra and her husband share their home with two loveable (and very spoiled) dogs who love getting into mischief. Her debut novel, One Imperfect Christmas, was a September 2009 release from Abingdon Press. She also writes for Heartsong Presents. Her November 2009 release, Autumn Rains ...more
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