Day #10 – Today I am reviewing The Christmas Star by Ace Collins.
Here’s a brief synopsis from Abingdon Press:
Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.
Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.
When I began reading The Christmas Star, I wondered what sort of story is was… I mean, Christmas is supposed to represent family, love, peace, joy, happiness…
Maybe so… but not many books are written about a happy, joyful season. Instead we read about a young boy desperately trying to raise money to buy his mother a special gift before she dies… on Christmas Eve. Another story is It’s A Wonderful Life, where George (our hero) is contemplating suicide.
These stories don’t represent the lives we wish we lived, they represent the lives we find ourselves living – illness, death, bankruptcy, war – but somehow we survive, usually a little stronger than we were before.
Christmas is a time of hope… hope for the future, hope for the joy and happiness we search for all year.
This story is a wonderful example of how a young man copes with the loss of his dad at Christmas time…
Young Jimmy begins to rebel after the death of his dad, but with the love of his mom and the support of his community, he just might find a little hope… enough to make the right choice.
I don’t want to give away anything else, so I’ll let you read the book for yourself. Read it. You’ll be blessed.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Abingdon Press.
You can find more about Ace Collins on his website… HERE
You can read my review and more about the book on GoodReads HERE
And HERE is a link to read an excerpt of A Christmas Star.