Saturday, March 5, 2016

Keeping Christmas: A Book Review

About The Book:

Stan opened the ugly ornaments box and pulled out the top three ornaments, the ones wrapped in green paper, the kids' favorites, and set them on the coffee table. He picked up the first one, the biggest one--Anna's blue pinecone--and began to unwrap it. Without thinking, Judith walked up, stopped him, and gently took it out of his hand. She wrapped it back up, set it carefully in the box. Then picked up the other two ornaments, put them in the box, and closed the flaps.

"What's the matter?" Stan said. "Did I do something wrong?"

"I don't think I can do this."

Nothing is more beautiful than family
For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking--some were downright ugly--but they were tradition.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . 

You can read an excerpt of Keeping Christmas here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift and The Restoration Series with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Learn more at

My Review:

Dan Walsh has been a favorite male author of mine for several years and I have read all of his books. They are very reminescent of author Nicholas Sparks and that is saying a lot! His most recent release is Keeping Christmas and is a heartwarming read perfect for the holiday season. Now, i know the review is coming way past Christmas but I think it is the perfect read for Christmas 2016 and beyond. 

I give you a warning that you will need to have tissues handy as you read this story that is full of emotion, covering themes of depression, empty nesting, tradition and ultimately joy. 

I loved the dynamics of the husband and wife, and felt that their relationship, while fictional, is very real and that many who read the book could relate to their ups and downs, and how they related to one another and their adult children. 

I look forward to reading more from Dan Walsh in the future! 

I highly recommend this book and I give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Keeping Christmas at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing House.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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