Sunday, January 3, 2021

A NEW HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS by Erin Stevenson, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

I found this to be an emotionally charged story of how God can take the brokenness of our lives and turn it into something beautiful! I also think it shows that nobody escapes the hard stuff, even as Christians. I like how honest Sam is when he tells Laura he walked away from God because He didn't prevent his wife from dying a senseless death. We have all questioned why bad things happen to good people and wonder why God didn't stop it. I love how He understands those authentic thoughts of our hearts! Laura shows by her life that clinging to God instead of walking away can give us hope and comfort. It didn't prevent her from going through grief, but it gave her someone to turn to when life became too much. I love how it ministered to Sam and helped change his heart. Restoration is God's specialty!
Even though this is a short story, it doesn't feel flat or lifeless. There's plenty packed into it to keep you engaged in the lives of Sam and Laura and their kids. There's always hope in Christ when we put our trust in Him. I very much enjoyed reading this book! 
* This book was provided by the author through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions expressed here are mine. *
BackCover Blurb:
This Christmas, Two Lost and Broken Families Need Restoration.

Sam Jarrett was just starting to explore spiritual things when his world was shattered. Now, he's completely turned his back on God. Laura Preston is a devoted believer, leaning heavily on her faith to get her through each tortured day.

Two Chance Meetings Spark a Friendship and a Glimmer of Hope.
Sam battles God's prodding through Laura's gentle, caring spirit. When another tragedy strikes on Christmas Eve, Sam is sure that God has completely deserted him. Laura tries to show Sam that God loves him and has been there all the time, but how can Sam trust when he has no faith?

A New Hope for Christmas is a story of restored faith in a God who never leaves us, even when we can't see or feel Him near.

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