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White as Snow by Donna Westover Gallup
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Jan 09, 12

bookshelves: christmas, kindle-books
Read in January, 2012

A very Christian-themed novella set in 1864 Colorado.
Charlie, who will be 11 on Christmas, is overwhelmed when his grandfather falls sick. He won't wake up and is having trouble breathing. Although Charlie prays he is despairing. Charlie must care for the animals, milk the cow, feed the chickens, feed his grandfather and himself - all with no help. He's not allowed to touch his grandfather's gun but needs to hunt. When he's attacked by a bear he loses the gun and almost loses his life.
Then a giant of a man shows up. Jess is a mountain man; he's the biggest man Charlie has ever seen, riding the biggest horse, Goliath.
Charlie's faith is restored once Jess takes over the hardest chores and begins reading the Bible to him every night.
(We are meant to believe that Jess is the personification of Jesus who really did answer Charlie's prayers in the most practical manner.) Jess tells Charlie his birthday is Christmas day, too, and they celebrate with a tree and a few small gifts.
This was a very nice story, touching in parts. I'd have given it another star if it wasn't so fanciful.
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