Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Best Gifts Come in Small Packages

It is the season of giving. I received a most delightful gift in reading “Orphaned Hearts” by Shawna Williams.

This novella, only eighty-seven pages long, is full of gifts. There is the gift of the setting: the holiday season of the early 1930’s, in the small town of Brady Hill.

The main characters, David and Sadie, are gifts as they show us the things that matter: love, faith, compassion and kindness. They will rise above their own issues to help others, especially the children of the orphanage in nearby Fort Smith.

There is the gift of Caleb, the orphan who will steal your heart the moment you meet him. Only six, he has experienced more tragedy than any child ever should. But the little boy, who loves to run and climb trees and play ball, is still inside and with the love of David, Sadie and the entire town of Brady Hill, Caleb becomes the six year old child he was meant to be.

Lessons learned or those we are reminded of is another gift of “Orphaned Hearts.” This book shows us that no matter the issue, no matter the “damage,” physical or emotional, all people are created equal and should be treated as such. It shows us that we need to reach out to others who need our help – we cannot ignore those who are in need. And it shows us that faith in God and obedience to Him will bring us through everything we face.

On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, I rank “Orphaned Hearts” as a twenty. Buy this book and in the midst of the Christmas rush, take an afternoon, sit in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot tea or cocoa and enjoy this book. It will be the best Christmas gift you can give yourself.

7 comments:

Sandy said...

I think, at this time of year, we can all use such a gift--the opportunity to relax and enjoy a story that reminds us of God's work in our lives and others. Thanks, Edwina.

Edwina said...

Sandy,

You are so right. Every year, I determine not to get caught up in the rush. I do get rushed, but I also make sure I have time to sit and relax, enjoy a good book, or spending time with my family.

Blessings,
Edwina

Shawna Williams said...

Edwina, wow! Thank you so much! This story is very precious to me, especially because of my granddad.

Diane Craver said...

Hi Edwina,
Beautiful review! I just started reading Shawna's Orphaned Hearts and love what I read so far and know the rest will be wonderful.

Bob West said...

I enjoyed reading your blog.
Very interesting and I have now become a follower.
Hopefully you will get a lot out of mine also.
God Bless, Bob
http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/05/god-vs-science.html

Michelle Sutton said...

Edwina,

I like how you think (and review.) I need to feature you on my healing hearts blog since that is what you do for a ministry, too. Let me know when you can swing it. As far as Shawna's books go...they are all excellent. I need to read this story.

Edwina said...

Shawna,
I loved your story (obviously!) and it is a beautiful tribute to your granddad.

Diane,
Thanks for stopping by - you will truly enjoy the remainder of the book.

Bob,
Thanks for reading and signing up. I'm sure I will enjoy your blog!


Michelle,
I would love to guest on your blog! I'll send you an email about my availability! You will enjoy Shawna's story!

Blessings to each of you!