Friday, November 27, 2009

One Holy Night Book Review

About The Book:

An unforgettable story of forgiveness and reconciliation, One Holy Night retells the Christmas story in a strikingly original way—through the discovery of a baby abandoned in the manger of a church’s nativity scene. Destined to become a classic for all seasons, One Holy Night deals compassionately with the gritty issues of life—war and violence, devastating illness, intergenerational conflict, addictions, and broken relationships. This moving, inspirational story will warm readers’ hearts with hope and joy long after they finish reading.

About The Author:

J. M. Hochstetler writes stories that always involve some element of the past and of finding home. Born in central Indiana, the daughter of Mennonite farmers, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Germanic languages. She was an editor with Abingdon Press for twelve years and has published four novels. Daughter of Liberty (2004), Native Son (2005), and Wind of the Spirit (March 2009), the first three books of the critically acclaimed American Patriot Series, are set during the American Revolution. One Holy Night, a retelling of the Christmas story set in modern times, is the 2009 Christian Small Publishers Fiction Book of the Year and a finalist for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Long Contemporary Book of the Year.

Hochstetler is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, Nashville Christian Writers Association, and Historical Novels Society. She and her husband live near Nashville, Tennessee.

You can find Joan online at or at this book’s blog

My Review:

I loved this book. Actually I read it in two days! The raw emotion shown by all the characters was intense. This book offers so many emotional moments.

A father who, after so many years, is still dealing with his experience with WWII. A wife and mother dealing with terminal illness. A young son who goes off to fight in vietnam and his life changes forever. A sister who wants peace in her family....and a baby who will show them all the importance of forgiveness.

This modern nativity story has me crying throughout the book. I have never been so reminded of God's unending Grace as I was through One Holy Night. A great story for this time of year and always!

I highly recommend this book to be read by all! This would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the book lover in your life.

Buy It: Head over to or to purchase your copy of One Holy Night!


  1. Thanks for the great review of Joan's book. Didn't I tell you that you would need a tissue? This is such a powerful book. Having never read any of Joan's other books, this was a moving introduction to her work.

    You and your readers can find an equally moving trailer for this book at Joan's website:

    Thanks again for the great review. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.


  2. Shirley, thank you so much for this lovely review! In writing the story I was deeply impressed with God's loving desire to reveal his unending grace to us through the birth of His Son, and I am so thankful that this message came through clearly. To Him be the glory!

    Wishing you and your readers a very blessed Christmas!