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Christmas for the Family - A Short Novel
     

Christmas for the Family - A Short Novel

by Brian T. Whitaker
 
This Christmas Eve, Sarah is determined to make this a perfect holiday for her family. Despite her efforts, things quickly unravel. Sarah is challenged by her rebellious teenage daughter (Megan); her workaholic husband (Tom); and her college-aged son (Ryan), who announces he won’t be coming home for Christmas. With her hopes for a perfect Christmas dashed,

Overview

This Christmas Eve, Sarah is determined to make this a perfect holiday for her family. Despite her efforts, things quickly unravel. Sarah is challenged by her rebellious teenage daughter (Megan); her workaholic husband (Tom); and her college-aged son (Ryan), who announces he won’t be coming home for Christmas. With her hopes for a perfect Christmas dashed, Sarah must face her perfectionism as well as her painful memories from the previous Christmas.

Megan is filled with anger and bitterness toward everyone, including her younger sister (Katie). Megan eventually understands the source of her struggles and reaches a crucial decision point. Will she find the peace she desperately seeks?

Based on the stage play, “Christmas for the Family,” this novella explores honest challenges faced by today’s families. Even more, readers are reminded about the things that are most important at Christmas.

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“After years of enjoying Brian’s writing, I am glad that there is another platform for Brian to share his gift with many others. I first saw this story on the stage, and I am impressed with Brian’s ability to communicate so many nuances from the stage into this novelized format. His faithful witness to the real message of Christmas, and the hope found therein, shines through this story of a fractured family who comes together for Christmas.” –Stephanie J. Hamann, MA, LPC, NCC

“This short story is truly a breath of fresh air! The reader is able to identify with each character on a personal level. It is encouraging to the hurting individual and shines a light of hope for the struggling family. Brian Whitaker is a writer who uses the Word of God as a manual for dealing with real life experiences. This is a great short story and a wonderfully touching play.” –Jeanette Heifner, who played Sarah in the original play

“Christmas for the Family is a moving account of one family’s struggle to continue to actively love and support each other, even in the midst of trying times and deep hurt. You will certainly relate closely to the frailties and vulnerabilities of at least one of these characters; and you’ll cheer with them as they ultimately draw closer together and closer to God. Good read!” –Cindi A. Strobel

“Brian Whitaker’s Christmas for the Family is a highly engaging account that is perfect for an evening read. I have had the privilege of reading the original manuscript, of seeing it performed as a Christmas Eve production, and now again enjoying it as a short novel. You will be encouraged, entertained, and even challenged by it. Enjoy!” –Dr. Jeff Hinds, Senior Pastor of Highland Community Church

Editorial Reviews

Cindi Strobel
Christmas for the Family is a moving account of one family’s struggle to continue to actively love and support each other, even in the midst of trying times and deep hurt. You will certainly relate closely to the frailties and vulnerabilities of at least one of these characters; and you’ll cheer with them as they ultimately draw closer together and closer to God. Good read!
Jeanette Heifner
This short story is truly a breath of fresh air! The reader is able to identify with each character on a personal level. It is encouraging to the hurting individual and shines a light of hope for the struggling family. Brian Whitaker is a writer who uses the Word of God as a manual for dealing with real life experiences. This is a great short story and a wonderfully touching play.
Jeff Hinds
Brian Whitaker’s Christmas for the Family is a highly engaging account that is perfect for an evening read. I have had the privilege of reading the original manuscript, of seeing it performed as a Christmas Eve production, and now again enjoying it as a short novel. You will be encouraged, entertained, and even challenged by it. Enjoy!
Stephanie Hamann
After years of enjoying Brian’s writing, I am glad that there is another platform for Brian to share his gift with many others. I first saw this story on the stage, and I am impressed with Brian’s ability to communicate so many nuances from the stage into this novelized format. His faithful witness to the real message of Christmas, and the hope found therein, shines through this story of a fractured family who comes together for Christmas.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015588842
Publisher:
Brian T. Whitaker
Publication date:
10/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
124 KB

Meet the Author

Brian T. Whitaker is a pastor, musician, playwright, and author. He is happily married to Kristin and has three children. Brian reaches out on the internet through Whitaker Writings, www.whitakerwritings.com.

Whitaker Writings: Relating biblical truth to everyday life, to draw people closer to Christ

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