The Christmas Shoes

Donna VanLiere

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Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they're gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe....

Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Even brings Robert and Nathan together-he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.

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THE CHRISTMAS SHOES (Chapter One)December 1985

We did not dare to breathe a prayer,
Or give our anguish scope.
Something was dead within each of us,
And what was dead was Hope.

—Oscar Wilde

The first big snowstorm of the winter of 1985 fell on Thanksgiving. After that, another massive storm seemed to enter the area every few weeks and drop inches, or even a foot, blanketing the landscape and making the town look like a Christmas card, long before the holiday arrived.

Schools were closed more times that winter than in the previous five years combined.

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Praise for The Christmas Shoes

"A heartwarming story."--Publishers Weekly
 
"Heart-tugging...an inspiring Christmas story." --BookPage

"A delightful book."--Tampa Tribune & Times

"Heartwarming."--The Sanford Herald

"Has precious gifts for all of us." --The Washington Times

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About the Author

Donna VanLiere

Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Her much-loved Christmas Hope series includes The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies for CBS Television; The Christmas Secret; The Christmas Journey; and The Christmas Hope, which was adapted into a film by Lifetime. She is also the author of The Angels of Morgan Hill and Finding Grace. VanLiere is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, and a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year. She is a gifted speaker who speaks regularly at conferences. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and their children.

Donna VanLiere

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The Christmas Shoes
Donna VanLiere

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
May 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429957489
ISBN10: 1429957484
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 144 pages
$9.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427214447
ISBN10: 1427214441
Audio Run Time: 3:00
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Macmillan Audio
March 2003
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593970291
ISBN10: 1593970293
Audio Run Time: 3:00
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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
November 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312289515
ISBN10: 0312289510
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 144 pages
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