Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Christmas Dog Book Review

The Christmas season is one of hope, peace, happiness and beauty. But for many people, Christmas can be very lonely and sad. There are many reasons for this, but there is hope for the sad, lonely and lost during this wonderful time of year. Sometimes, the smallest things can make a huge difference in the lives of those who struggle through the Christmas holiday season.  Something as simple as an animal can make all the difference. I recently read a book that invites the reader to experience this such situation first hand.

I was recently invited to be a part of a blog tour for The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson. Thank you to Baker House/Revell Books  for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

About The Book:

In this warm, contemporary story, readers meet Betty Kowalski, who isn’t looking forward to the holidays, which are just around the corner. Lonely, she just can’t seem to find Christmas in her heart. There’s church, of course. But who can she bake for these days? And who would care whether or not she pulled out the Christmas decorations?

Her new neighbor just adds to the problem. He’s doing home improvements that don’t appear to be improving much of anything. These days when Betty looks out the window, she sees a beat-up truck, a pile of junk, lots of blue tarps, and—horror of horrors—an old pink toilet.

But when a mangy dog appears at her doorstep, the stage is set for Betty to learn a very important lesson about what Christmas is all about. This contemporary Christmas story is a timely yet gentle reminder that God can work miracles through something as seemingly insignificant as a little brown dog. 

You can read an excerpt of The Christmas Dog here (in PDF file)

About The Author:

Melody Carlson is the prolific author of more than 200 books, including The Christmas Bus and All I Have to Give. She recently was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books. She lives with her husband in Oregon.

My Review:

I have heard so many good things about Melody Carlson's book, but honestly had never read any of them, until I read The Christmas Dog. I will definitely be reading more of her books.

The Christmas dog has two main stories going on....Betty's grand-daughter runs away from home and shows up at her house, all the while Betty is dealing with an unruly neighbor. The way that Carlson interconnects these stories is wonderful. Her book is a wonderful reminder of the importance of relationships in our lives. No matter how difficult those relationships can be, we will always learn something from them. The book also reminds the reader the importance of "loving your neighbor" despite faults, because love will come when we least expect it.

Melody Carlson has written a very easy to read/quick read that would be a super stocking stuffer for the book lover in your life. I highly recommend this book for any book lover, especially fans of Carlson.

BUY IT!: The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson directly from Revell Books/Baker here, or you can check it out online at and

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