Reviewed by Andrea Sisco
Christmas 2009 finds the prolific Christian author, Melody Carlson, offering her fans a lovely Christmas novella with a “Gift of the Magi” tone.
Anna’s Thanksgiving was difficult. Her sister-in-law has it all, including a new home that is much roomier than her own, and a new baby on the way. Even Meredith, her own sister, is a mom. But the nursery in Anna’s home is empty and since there will be no children, her husband Michael, wants to turn it into an office.
Anna’s sadness is deep and isn’t helped by Michael’s absence every night. She knows it’s difficult to start a new business but she’s feeling abandoned. Anna also has some physical symptoms that point to the onset of the disease that her mother died from. Without insurance, Anna can’t go to the doctor. And to top off everything, a family member’s marriage is disintegrating right in front of her.
What will happen to the perfect Christmas Anna wanted? She’s determined to have faith in God and do her best to overcome the obstacles in her life. An old car in the garage has been waiting for a new engine for a long time. Perhaps she can put a smile on her husband’s face. It will mean she must lose something of great sentimental value, however. But for Anna, preparing the best Christmas ever–the perfect gift for her husband–is worth the sacrifice. However the Christmas miracle that arrives for Anna is one she never expected!
Melody Carlson has offered her readers an opportunity to think about the blessings God has given to us. We may not have everything we want, but All I Have to Give is a reminder that we have everything we need–and there are miracles all around us, if only we will look for them and welcome them when they arrive.
My only criticism of All I Have to Give is that an important story thread was left hanging.
Armchair Interviews says: A nice Christmas gift!
Author’s Web site: http://www.MelodyCarlson.com