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The Unfinished Gift [NOOK Book]

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Patrick Collins is seven years old, and on his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather's house. And, for reasons even he doesn't understand, he wants the soldier that's tucked away in his grandfather's attic.

Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift tells in an engaging, simple style the story of a family, and reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful ...
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Overview

Patrick Collins is seven years old, and on his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather's house. And, for reasons even he doesn't understand, he wants the soldier that's tucked away in his grandfather's attic.

Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift tells in an engaging, simple style the story of a family, and reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts--like a young boy's prayers, a shoebox full of love letters, and even an old wooden soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of forgiveness will engage readers everywhere.
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Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews Magazine
Walsh paints a wonderful picture of life in America during WW2. The characters are richly developed, and the story about love and forgiveness are not to be missed. 4.5 Stars, Top Pick -Inspirational Category
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"Seven-year-old Patrick's dreadful Christmas began with his mother's death, then worsened when he was left with a grandfather who bitterly calls him "The Boy." Grief-stricken over his mother, confused at his grandfather's harsh treatment, Patrick prays for his father's quick return from war. His grandfather's bitterness leads to a harsh confrontation when Patrick asks to keep a hand-carved wooden soldier he finds in the attic. Roger Mueller's richly developed characterizations contrast the gruff, unforgiving grandfather with Patrick's endearing sweetness and keep the listener engaged with this Christmas tale of forgiveness. Mueller's powerful portrayal of a season of second chances set in WWII America should not be missed." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441204790
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 15,292
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. 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. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Very good

    This book does a good job showing the bitterness of unforgiveness, but through prayer God can change hearts.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Wonderful and heartwarming

    A little boy has to go to the grandfather he has never met after his mother dies in a car accident. The father is in the military and can't be found to come home. This is a tender story of how God woks in these lives through a series of misunderstandings. Don't miss this book

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    highly recommended

    one of the best books i have read in a long time...hope mr walsh writes more books like this...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Tripe!

    Written ar third grade level: maudlin and replete with religious sentimentality; couldn't take more than a few chapters i want a refund!!

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Heartwarming

    I loved this story! This should be made into a Hallmark movie.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It's a Christmastime story t

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It's a Christmastime story that takes place during World War II.

    Little 7-year-old Patrick only has 2 Christmas wishes. He hopes his dad comes home soon from the war. And he wants that hand-carved wooden soldier that he found one day in his grandfather's dusty attic. He's sure his grandfather doesn't want to keep it, but why won't he let Patrick have it?

    Patrick has had a lot to happen to him recently. His mother just passed away. He was sent to live with his grandfather whom he has barely seen before. His grandfather Ian is a grouchy old man, and only took his grandson because it was a duty. As soon as Ian's son arrives home, Patrick will be off his hands anyhow. It won't be much longer will it?

    Living in the dreary days in his grandfather's house, Patrick finds 2 people whom he likes. One is Mrs. Townsend, the government lady who checks on him from time to time. Also, there's Mrs. Fortini his Italian next-door neighbor. She sure knows how to get Patrick's grandfather moving.

    This is the story of grudges, forgiveness, pain, and loving your family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    Forgiveness and Love

    Great Read about love and forgiveness. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Heartwarming Christmas Read! Seven year old Patrick Collins is


    Heartwarming Christmas Read!

    Seven year old Patrick Collins is suddenly alone.  With the death of his mother
    and his father away fighting in the war, he is taken to live with a grandfather he has
    never known.  His grandfather is a grouchy bitter old man and quite frankly Patrick
    does not like him.

    What has made Ian Collins so bitter?  What does he have against his only
    grandson?  Why can’t he accept and love Patrick?

    This story was an emotional ride for me.  It brought me to tears.

    The Unfinished Gift is the first book I have read by this author.  I immediately
    ordered the sequel called, The Homecoming.  I can’t wait to read it!

    If you haven’t read this book yet, I urge you to buy it.  I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    Dan Walsh never disappoints with his writing or his stories. H

    Dan Walsh never disappoints with his writing or his stories. He deveoped a family of strong characters with Ian Collins being the heartless grandfather who experienced a heart wrenching change and finally became what every little boy dreamed his grandfather would be....loving. Patrick coming to live with his grandfather was the catalyst which lit the fire to melt the ice in Ian's heart. Patrick had a sad story and his story touched the hearts of not only his social worker, Miss Katherine Townsend and the next door neighbor, Mrs Fortini, as well. All of these characters were so very real and so very well developed. Each was easy to perceive in my mind's eye.

    This was a sweet story about reunion and forgiveness. It was about love at it's worst and it's best. It was frightening as a blizzard swallowed young Patrick and hid him from the ones who cared most for him. Fortunately he was rescued by ansuspecting hero Ezra Jeffries, the epitome of doing the right thing.

    I thoroughly loved this tale of love from an author I truly admire and respect. And what better time than Christmas to forgive one another and begin anew!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Loved it

    Enjoyed every page of this book. So did my 13-year-old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    About 200 pages

    This well edited book is a little sappy. Since this time of year is a little sappy also, both the book and the season do quite well together. This book is about 200 pages long, it is a family fiction book. It would make a nice Hallmark Christmas movie. It was not a tear jerker for me, but it is a sentimental little story. One reviewer was upset because he/ she thought this story put Catholics in a bad light. I disagree, The grandfather was a lapsed catholic, so bitter, stubborn and mean tempered, he put himself, not his religion, on display as a back slider. My main complaint about this book and many others of the same genre, is they all have one or both parents killed off, leaving the younger family members to fend for themselves, with uncaring adults, under sometimes cruel circumstances. I would like to read a novel, about an intact family overcoming hardship, with their faith and love in God and each other strong, without death being an integral part of the plot. There is some mild violence. Otherwise it is a good, clean story, based on God's love and the inate goodness of mankind. The young boy talks and reacts as a much older child would. I paid almost $7.00 for this book. While, I found it an enjoyable fast read, I wish I had gotten it from the library, as I do not think I will reread it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Wonderful story

    Well done!

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Love love this book. Would recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly recommended along with the book "The Homecoming"

    Richly and emotionally captivating. Shows the power of the change of heart and forgiveness. Dan Walsh's book "Homecoming" is a must read after this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    I happened upon this little book while in search of a Christmas

    I happened upon this little book while in search of a Christmas story, and am glad that I did. It tells the story of a little boy during WWII, whose father is a pilot overseas and whose mother is killed in an automobile accident. The local social services department contacts the boys grandfather, who is enstranged from his own son, and asks him to take custody of the boy. This is essentially a book about how personal disappointments can poison relationships within a family and and potentially harm future generations. I would rather not spoil the plotline with a retelling of the story, buat would encourage you to take a chance on this little volume, and its sequel for there is a message that everyone who has ever been a parent can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Like reading a Hallmark movie

    While this book is kind of predictable, it is a very good read. It is very Hallmark-ish. It made me cry. It is a touching Christmas story of love and true forgiveness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Anti-Catholic

    It's one thing to write a "Christian" book, it's quite another to write an anti-Catholic book. After all, the Catholics were the first Christians. And, by the way, I'm not Catholic. I just hate bigotry in any form. It's so unChristian.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    High recommended

    Having never read anything from this author, I was immediately pulled into a story that offers many emotions. Read it when you have time to sit down and enjoy a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Tear Jerking!

    I read this in one sitting. It was inspiring and drama packed. It may cause your tears to swell up in spots. It is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Good read

    A bit predicable, but it was entertaining and had a good message of forgiveness. I would read more by this author.

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