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The Christmas Shoes

(Christmas Hope #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  35,116 ratings  ·  1,261 reviews
Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they're gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe....

Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his mar
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published November 9th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2001)
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Dec 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, christmas, 2021
A lovely message of remembering what's really important and one that reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:13 --And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The small, everyday moments we share with others may ultimately have a more lasting and significant impact than we realize, both for them and for us. So cherish your time together, make the memories, and share your love.
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've had my eye on this little book for several years. I was thrilled to see that Libby App picked up the whole series this year. There was a long line, but I waited patiently, and my number came up on Christmas Eve!

This book reminds me of those precious Christmas stories written by Richard Paul Evans. There is always such a long queue for Evans' books during the holidays so I've pretty much given up on them. That's OK, as now I have Ms VanLiere's series to feast on. The Christmas Shoes is a ta
Dec 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday
Some people will never believe. They may feel that such things are too trivial, too simple, or too insignificant to forever change a life. But I believe.

Most of us have heard the song about the boy who wants to buy a beautiful pair of shoes for his momma on Christmas Eve. He wants her to look beautiful when she meets Jesus. Donna VanLiere took the bones of that popular song and given us a Christmas novella that reminds us of the importance of those little things, those divine appointments that w
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4, christmas
A sweet, touching Christmas story about a young boy who is losing his mother to illness around Christmastime and a man who needs to open his heart before he loses his family. This one had just the right amount of holiday and was very sweet.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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I had recently been lamenting the fact that I hadn't read a true tear-jerker yet this year. I have been know to get a bit misty-eyed at certain scenes, but it is a rare book that makes me actually shed tears. The Christmas Shoes did exactly that and more. It made me cry buckets both while reading it and afterwards while merely thinking about it, and again while trying to write this review. There is a profound and beautiful message packed into this simple short story. It m
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! So heartwarming and such great messages! Most people have heard the song, but the book is even better! Completely recommend!
Good holiday read.
(edit 2017) This was a very good Christmas book and will probably make you cry. After reading a few more holiday books since then, it is difficult to find one as good as this.
Dec 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
The tune that inspired this novel has been called "the saddest song of all time," so, of course this book would be emotionally charged. Still, if you don't mind that, it's a good read. ...more
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2.5 Stars

I’ve never been much of a seasonal reader. I believe 2014 was the first year I read any books set at Christmas time during the holidays (other than children’s books), but when I saw that my 2015 PopSugar challenge had such an entry, I knew 2014 wouldn’t be the last year I did it.

I don’t know how familiar you guys are with the song “The Christmas Shoes”, I know I’ve heard it and the general message is one that I know pretty well but it’s not a favourite or anything. So imagine my surpr
Jennie Louwes
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant is the word that best describes this book. Heartfelt and moving, at times a bit trite; but, overall evocative and well worth ones time to read.

I smiled, I cried, I cared deeply for the parallel lives of the characters that were being lived out simultaneously.

Tender touches matter. Paying kindness forward matters. Life and death are so integrally intertwined; we will all know someone who dies. How then should we be prompted to live our lives? Why, with great respect towards one another!
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas, christian
This novel follows two different characters during a difficult Christmas season: A boy, Nathan, learns that his mother is dying of cancer, while a hard-working lawyer, Robert, realizes that he has become distanced from his wife and children. When a chance encounter brings the boy and the lawyer to the same department store check-out line, Robert learns something beautiful about the true meaning of Christmas.

I was not expecting this book to be the Great American Novel. I was expecting it to be sa
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas, read-2016
Yes, this is a teary eyed read, but I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of the theme expressed in Jimmy Stewart's movie, It's a Wonderful Life. It will remind you of what's really important in your life. I know, while I was reading it today, I blew up my husband's phone with random text messages telling him how much I loved him. I like books that inspire me to love my family more and to appreciate them and this book did exactly that. I look forward to reading t ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why I'd start reading a book like this on the anniversary of the day my dad died, but I started it yesterday. After sobbing through the first half, I put it down to finish it this evening. It's one of those short, heartwarming stories where a hardened workaholic learns the true meaning of Christmas, someone dies (actually multiple people die), and you really wish it was snowing outside. In short, it was lovely, and I cried all the way through it.

The perspective change throughout was
Feb 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was given to me as a gag gift, and (spoiler alert!) it sucks. I suppose you could say that it is somewhat capably written, much in the same way that a high school essay takes a few scattered facts and stretches them out into a full research page paper. That's where the positives end. The book is filled with enough sugary schmaltz and false sentimentality to send cookie monster into a diabetic coma. The character development (if you could call it that) of secondary characters serves little p ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! A real tear jerker!
Kristina (Kristina's Shelves)
Oh my word, if you want a book to make you feel- this is the one!

I listened to this as an audiobook, and I don't have the same connection to characters hearing the story versus reading (thank you auditory/cognitive issues). Had I read it physically, I would have been a puddle the whole time. I recently read The Christmas Table, unaware it was the tenth (and maybe last?) book in this series. I adored that story, so of course I had to go back to the beginning of the series and will be working my w
Tatevik is on semi hiatus (trying to finish PHD)
This was a solid 3-star book, before I reached the half of it. The book should have ended there, even in the middle of the sentence. It should have.

I am not a huge fan of romance and chick lit, but I wanted something Christmassy and light to turn off my brain from everything, so combing through the GR Christmas book lists resulted some children's classic picture books and this.

And strangely enough I was not that annoyed as I am usually when reading this type of books. The writing was a little "
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
My favorite Christmas read of the season 🎄
Wow! How do I even review this? The cover is lovely, but the story was just amazing!

I don't know anything about The Christmas Shoes song, so that wasn't the reason I bought this and read it! But I LOVE how the story is focused around the lyrics of that song (the lyrics are on a page at the end of the book).

It's a very powerful, spiritual book which made me love it more! It was so focused around God! There was forgiveness as well, along with the fact that married couples should stay together when
Haley S
Pardon me while I cry my eyes out.
This book was so good but so sad. I definitely cried more than once while reading this short and sweet little story. For anyone looking for a Christmas story, this is it. All of the plots and characters in it were amazingly written out. Donna VanLiere is a great author. As soon as I finished this story, I decided that I wanted to read the next book in this series, The Christmas Blessing. This second book in the series is about Nathan. However, he is grown up no
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it

A light and easy read. One of those heart-warming books about how a single event can alter the course of someone’s life. I found that it jumped back and forth between narrators in a way that was not always easy to follow.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet little book about a boy, a pair of shoes, a marriage on the rocks and love.

Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
I liked this book even more the second time around. It is a book full of lots of emotions. Nathan is a charter that grabs you from the start and the love he has for his mother is how we should all feel. I also appreciated that it taught the lesson that wealth is found more in the relationships than in the jobs we have and not in the amount of money or all the material things we accumulate that we think is were happiness is found. It makes mw realize that I need to focus on my family more by spen ...more
Sandra Nedopričljivica
Sadness and pain mixed with warmth and gratitude. Right book at the right time - Christmas time! Christmas is not only decorations and gifts underneath the tree, Christmas is love, family and faith. Books like this one are here to remind us that, over and over again. Don't celebrate holidays for material causes, stay still for a moment and be grateful - for life and for persons beside you.

All of us have something to believe in, so have faith and BELIEVE!
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge tear jerker. I think I cried through almost the entire book. Thank goodness it was only 140 pages. ;) But the story was great and it was a real heart felt book. Made you think about what's really important in life and the true meaning of Christmas. ...more
Precious and a beautiful refreshing Christmas read. There's tears and sadness, but oh so much hope in it too! ...more
Dec 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hmm, nice-try, christmas
The book had such a nice premise and at times it brought some tears in my eyes, but I can't help feeling that the title is a bit misleading and the narration a bit abrupt.

The chance meeting is hyped a lot, but it is not really what made all the difference for both of them. It was just the cherry on top and I cannot help thinking that their lives are not interwined at all. It was just something extra that pushed them forward, so I could not relate all of them together. If anything, I would have m
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is 132 pages of sadness. I hate cancer! I hate it! I hate it! I was upset when reading The Fault in Our Stars, but I cried reading this book.

We, as humans, become so focused and stressed during the holidays that greediness tends to get the best of us. We are never necessarily satisfied with 'having enough' during the holidays, but simply wanting or needing more.

This book not only places the reader in another individual's tragic situation, but also makes the reader realize that just b
Dec 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read_in_2022
Such a beautiful book about how important the little things are, how they are the most significant in fact!
An attorney who is facing the end of his marriage after years of choosing work over family is hurriedly scooping up presents late on Christmas Eve. He happens to come across a little boy who is about to lose his mother to illness.
From this it's clear that this will make you cry and it does. There is sometimes nothing we can do to get back a loved one but what about those times when life gi
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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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