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The Christmas Gift
     

The Christmas Gift

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by R. William Bennett
 

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In a world with diminishing civility, increasing rancor and moral relativism, The Christmas Gift rises above the noise as a simple story about our relationships and the values that make them precious.

Told through the experiences of Scott and Ben, two sixth grade boys who begin as bitter enemies, The Christmas Gift gently illustrates the power of apology,

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In a world with diminishing civility, increasing rancor and moral relativism, The Christmas Gift rises above the noise as a simple story about our relationships and the values that make them precious.

Told through the experiences of Scott and Ben, two sixth grade boys who begin as bitter enemies, The Christmas Gift gently illustrates the power of apology, forgiveness and understanding, and the lasting impact we can have when we reach through the mists of hurt and distrust to offer a hand of kindness to another.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Bennett's allegorical novel about spreading goodwill toward men follows the lives of two boys and charts the course of their unlikely friendship. New sixth-grader Scott makes an instant enemy in troubled, oversized Ben, who bullies him in the lunchroom and on the playground. But when Scott tells Ben he's hated by the entire school, the bully is hurt, and this surprising reaction touches Scott. Feeling sorry for the older boy, Scott—at the advice of his father—visits Ben and apologizes, and the two boys become friends. By looking beyond first impressions, Scott sees Ben as a gifted artist with dire health problems who hides his weakness behind mean behavior. Bennett frames this moral tale around a lawyer (the adult Scott, still in possession of Ben's drawings) who is visited by an irate and litigious client. The lesson to pause and closely examine life will resonate with readers of all ages. Ages 12�18.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Sixth-grader Scott moves to a new town and meets a bully on the first day of school. Ben has been tormenting other kids for a very long time. When Scott witnesses Ben's abusive behavior, he intervenes on behalf of another child. This earns Scott Ben's undivided attention, making his life miserable until he finally explodes. Plagued by his outburst, Scott worries over the right thing to do and finally works up the nerve to apologize to Ben, which sparks a series of events that bring Scott and Ben together as friends and change the culture of the school. VERDICT This heartwarming tale of forgiveness and redemption is sure to be a big hit with fans of Richard Paul Evans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982560631
Publisher:
Burgess Adams Publishing
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Christmas Gift 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CTD57 More than 1 year ago
Bill Bennett's "gift" is in telling a story that not only holds your interest, but remains in your thoughts long after you've finished his book. I can't think of anyone I know who won't be moved (and changed) by the wonderful lesson given in this poignant story so masterfully told by Mr. Bennett. I'm looking forward with great anticipation to future lessons from this terrific new author. This truly is a GIFT! Thank you.
Anziano More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Gift is a phenomenal story that we've incorporated into our annual family holiday traditions. My favorite thing about the book is how I was able to relate to each of the characters in different ways. Most of us, some more frequently than others, have been in Scott's shoes: the new kid in school, struggling to find friends, and the brunt of others' jokes. We've also probably at some point been in Ben's shoes, misunderstood, and putting up a front to cover a piece of us that we don't want anyone else to see. As the characters experience difficult, but necessary growth, I was pulled in by the remarkable similarities to what I've experienced. Hopefully there is a little of the changed Ben and Scott in each of us too. While the title brands the book as one to be read during the holidays, it is by no means a "Christmas Story", and will certainly be enjoyed by many throughout the year. While it centers on so-called "Christian" values, members of all faiths will enjoy and appreciate its lessons of forgiveness and compassion. I give The Christmas Gift five stars for its engaging story, excellent character development, and touching message.
cdptenor More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Gift was a pleasant surprise. I received it as a gift and had no particular expectations. I started the book late one night before bed, sometime later (well after midnight) I finished it in tears. (I actually feared that my sniffling would wake my wife who had long since dozed off.) In the telling of this simple story Mr. Bennett delivers a powerful sermon on what it really means to be a Christian, to have our hearts full of the pure love of Christ and how charity changes everything. I think the reader will relate to any number of characters in the book at different times as I most surely did. I liked it so much I purchased 10 copies to give to friends and family. The Christmas Gift is a simple but powerful story that is sure to change the way you look at others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago