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The Christmas Blessing

(Christmas Hope #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,975 ratings  ·  436 reviews
In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 30th 2003)
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Yvonne Yollin It's a continuation of Christmas Shoes by the same author. Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing and The Christmas Hope have all been made into movi…moreIt's a continuation of Christmas Shoes by the same author. Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing and The Christmas Hope have all been made into movies on Hallmark.(less)

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Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book has been sitting on my physical bookshelf for at least a couple of years. I figured it would be a good choice to try to fit it in to hit my reading goal for this year.

What I didn't know was that it's the second book in a series (luckily, the author loops you in so you don't really need to read the first one). Nathan Andrews lost his mom to cancer and now (20 years later) he's struggling through medical school and trying to figure out if his life path is the right one. Enter love inter
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere is a first read win. This is my honest opinion. This is a cute read and another tear jerker. This book is a continuation of The Christmas Shoe with about 10 years later. It's the story of Nathan. He's now a med student at a hospital about an hour away from home. Nathan has a certain way with his patients, especially the children. He meets Charlie a little boy with a bad heart. Eventually he meets Meghan who turns out to be the love of his life. Meghan is ...more
Christina Claypool
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful Christmas novel filled with hidden truth and wisdom about illness, death, and finding purpose in life. After reading, "The Christmas Shoes," last year, I assumed this sequel would be an excellent follow-up for a inspiring Christmas read. Yet, it was so much more than that. Donna VanLiere is a storyteller extraordinaire who flushes out characters with such depth, in addition to doing obvious detailed research about what their lives would be like.
Plus, medical issues can become
3.5 stars. // Bok #1 in #CramaThon2015.

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Sandra BASIC
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Those stories remind me that's always the Light out of the tunnel and the Hope at the bottom of the box. Nice, warm, sad but hopeful sequel of Christmas Shoes!
Shirley Chapel
The Christmas blessing is a sequel to The Christmas Shoes. Nathan has grown up in this story and is a medical student on his third-year medical rotations. He's been assigned to work under the tutelage of Dr. Crawford ,the best cardiologist at the local hospital. Nathan isn't fond of him and can never seem to do anything right as far as Dr. Crawford is concerned. Nathan starts to have second thoughts about being a doctor. Maybe he was never meant to to pursue a career in medicine.
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Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the 2nd book in the Christmas Hope series. It is told by Nathan (the boy who gave the Christmas shoes to his mom in the first book), however, fast forward many years to when he's in college and studying to become a doctor. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book. No tears were shed in this one but still it was heartbreaking and touching story.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
While some parts were moving, the medical facts were so far off base it was totally unbelievable (Have you heard of HIPAA?).
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book very much! You must understand that this is a sequel to The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1). It is important to read BOTH books, preferably The Christmas Shoes first! This will enable you to fall in love with the characters in Book #1. What's not to love about and eight-year-old boy who loses his beloved mother and also to meet the other supporting characters in that book? Then in Book #2, you see the boy as a medical student wanting to help others! Many of the chara ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one was as good as the first. It really showed how far Nathan had come after his mother had died and how he could love people more because of it. I cried most of the way through it but it showed what real friendship is. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying the Christmas Blessing was an excellent sequel to the Christmas Shoes. It was powerfull at some parts, making me tear up and in others it made me very anxious and scared to know what was going to happen next.

The book is written in two different perspectives. The first is from the point of Nathan Andrews, who in the first book was a young boy who lost his mother to cancer on Christmas morning. Now he has gone into the medical field and is a med student working at a loc
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Very sweet and thoughtful Christmas story. It is so interesting how everyone's lives intertwine and shows that there can really be miracles at Christmas, especially those we don't expect.

The main character is the little boy from the Christmas Shoes, but he is all grown up and working toward his medical degree.

It shows that sometimes you really have to look a bit deeper into those that you have already passed judgement on and that you should always partner up with people who can show you how to
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
3 Stars

I enjoyed this book. Not as tearful as the first, but enjoyable.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, feel-good
3.5 stars
Tear-jerker and feel-good rolled into one
I must be very sensitive right now. It was a tear jerker.
Lori Musick
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”

🎄 😇 💖
Linda Collings
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not crying honest lol !
Mar 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This book is a sequel to the New York Times Bestseller The Christmas Shoes. I had no problems picking up the storyline though as it cut back and did back story constantly throughout The Christmas Blessing to cover pertinent areas for this new book. The book is about the star of The Christmas Shoes a little boy named Nathan that wanted to buy shoes for his mother dying of cancer. In The Christmas Blessing Nathan is now all grown up and, in the wake of his mother’s death, is now a third year medic ...more
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for a Good Christmas-Themed and/or Inspirational Story
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The Christmas Blessing is a lovely follow-up to the first book of the Christmas Hope series, The Christmas Shoes. Nathan Andrews, the little boy from that story who had been so desperate to buy a pair of shoes for his dying mother, is all grown up and studying to be a doctor, but is doubting whether that is the right course for his life. Every time he looses a patient, it's like reliving his mother's death, and he isn't getting along very well with the doctor in charge of
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
If you like characters with depth, riveting plots, and original storytelling -- this book is not for you.

If you like flat characters, a predictable plot, and Lifetime original movies, then you'll love this book.

I have not read "The Christmas Shoes" (and after reading this book, I will not). However, I have heard Newsong's recording of the song dozens of times, and I know the gist of the story. "The Christmas Blessing" picks up where "The Christmas Shoes" left off, except now Nathan is a grown ad
When I discovered there was a sequel to Christmas Shoes, I knew I HAD to read it. I couldn't put Christmas Shoes down & I couldn't put Christmas Blessing down either. Nathan has grown into a fine young man. I loved the letters from mom to son & from son to mom. I could never be as eloquent as Maggie (Nathan's mom) was or to think of others when I was so sick. I remember when I was having chemo, all I could think about was how sick I was & if I died my family would be left with a legacy of clutte ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a 6 star rating! I had already given the 1st book in the series 5 stars, but this one is even better so I'll go with 6! It's a great story...all about the reason we are really here. It reminds us that it's not about how long we live, but how we live and who we love. Erma Bombeck says it best- "I hope that when I meet God at the Judgement bar that I don't have one single talent...and that's because I've used them all up!"
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, christmas
First sentence: It's Christmas Eve, and the lake in front of me is frozen hard.

Favorite quote: But I know that although we may never understand it, there is a plan, and though it may be traced in pain, in the end there will be joy, and it will be beautiful.

This is a bit of a sad Christmas story and the ending was a mixture of happiness and joy. It was just okay for me.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another of Donna VanLiere's books to add in my read shelf. Been reading her books for years and it always pulls me back from my tendencies in complicating life. Her books have always have that simple approach in viewing life beautifully, despite the circumstances. A thought about life is always a good lesson. I think I'll make a habit of rereading her books now and then.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was sweet--a sequel of sorts to The Christmas Shoes, we see Nathan, the boy now grown up, getting through his residency...

Some of his patients bring to mind what his mother tried to impress on him before she died, and remind him anew of the possibility of miracles.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
very emotional heart string tugging book-keep tissues close by
Jennie Louwes
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old. For me, life has been equal parts pain and joy. This book represents the paradox well.

I didn't read "The Christmas Shoes" in novel form but am familiar with the song. This book is a sequel to the storyline that came before. Even though I hadn't read the first book it wasn't a hindrance to the progression of this story at all. This book stands on its own as long as you have some knowledge of "The Shoes".

Despite being a book that was predi
Arlington Leatham
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book “The Christmas Blessing”, by Donna VanLiere is an AMAZING STORY! This book is about a man who is working towards being a doctor but when he begins to see people dying he feels that he can't do it anymore. He begins to believe that people are dying because he cannot save them. When he finally decides to take a break his mind begins to change when he meets a girl named Megan. Megan is a very popular runner who has a dangerous and growing disease. She begins to show him the good in being a ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Synposis: "In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a yo ...more
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Donna is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She's an in-demand conference speaker and gifted teacher and has 14 published books including four that have been adapted into movies.

Donna is the recipient of multiple industry awards including a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, two Audie Awards for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold

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“Meghan and I talked about music - she loved Ella Fitzgerald. "What about all the hip acts that college kids love? Do you like any of them?"

"Like who?"

"I don't know all their names. Snoop Diggity Do and all those hip cats." Meghan shook her head and laughed. We talked about movies - she loved anything made before 1964. No wonder I thought she was older; she was an old soul in a young body.

"So what's your favorite movie?" I asked.

"To Kill a Mockingbird." My mother would have liked Meghan. She made my father and me watch To Kill a Mockingbird with her when I was in first grade. It must have been the twentieth time she'd seen it, but she still cried at the parts that made her weepy-eyed the first nineteen times.”
“Donna VanLiere's "A Christmas Blessing"
“Don’t ever take your EYES off the FINISH line. If you take your eyes off the GOAL, you’ll never make it to the END.”
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