Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh is a good book to read this holiday season. Like other novels written by Walsh, this book jumps right into the life of the main characters. Rick reflects back on this season when the course of his life changed direction. The setting takes place in the 1980’s when IBM had not yet launched the personal computer; the Boombox was hot; Reality TV was unheard of; MTV was just launching; Ronald Reagan was president; the Winter Olympics witnessed the USA team defeat the favored Soviet team and win the gold; and Rick Denton was in pursuit of his career goals and climbing the corporate ladder.
The focus of the story is Rick- a self-centered executive on track to promote himself- contrasted with Andrea, the single mom working two jobs and struggling to provide food and warmth for her daughter. We see rich vs poor and kindness vs pride woven into the story. Through remembering we are reminded of the person we once were and how we change with the presence of Christ. One of the key characters in the story, a homeless man named JD, brings life to a lost community. His words are few and his message in the story is lasting. He even inspired me to post this photo on my Facebook wall along with a scripture verse:
It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better. 1 Cor 4:11 Message
It’s the third book I’ve read by this author and Dan Walsh’s writing style reminds me of Nicholas Sparks. My hope is someday his books will be published into a movie for all to enjoy. Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.
If you need a good Christmas gift idea for someone who enjoys reading, I’d recommend putting together these three books- Remembering Christmas, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming.
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