the 13th gift: a true story of a christmas miracle by joanne huist smith
memoir / Holiday, 224 PP
Somehow I missed the sub-title when I first started reading The 13th Gift. I thought the story was a sweet, light Christmas story – a printed version of a Hallmark movie. My opinion of the story soared when I realized it is autobiographical and the events in the book help us all find the good in others through neighborly care.
The Secret Gift by Ted Gup. In 1933, as The Great Depression gripped a nation, one man in Canton OH, brought humanity, care, and a glimmer of hope to its struggling residents through his anonymous benevolence. The CA book club I joined selected this moving read to remind us and put into perspective our own current (2020) situation. Five dollars from a stranger went a long way in 1933. Outreach and compassion goes a long way today and every day.
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