Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story

Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story

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Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story by Davis Bunn, Brooke Sanford Heldman

While visiting the Holy Land, Amanda answers the prayers of a stranger . . . and begins an amazing Christmas journey.

Amanda Vance is ambivalent about her husband’s idea for a big family holiday up north. Last year she planned a special Christmas in their own home, carefully preparing a nursery and the keepsake ornaments for their newborn. Now that room stands as empty as her heart.

Then a neighbor’s mishap turns into a last-minute chance for Amanda to take a much-needed vacation to tour the Holy Land.

An extraordinary turn of events allows Amanda to help answer a young mother’s plea for healing. Then, filled with a sense of awe, Amanda visits the place of Jesus’ birth. There she discovers anew the miracle of the Christ child—God incarnate as a tiny, vulnerable baby.

Her return to Florida marks a momentous shift in her soul and in her marriage as she begins to realize that her journey didn’t end in the Holy Land. And that God doesn’t just answer prayers of strangers . . . but also those of her own heart.

“A great story filled with emotion, depth, and spiritual beauty.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Best-selling Author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613752784
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 5
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than four million books in fifteen languages. He has been honored with three Christy Awards and is a sought-after lecturer on the art of writing. Visit his website at Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than four million books in fifteen languages. He has been honored with three Christy Awards and is a sought-after lecturer on the art of writing. Visit his website at

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Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Davis Bunn Published By: Thomas Nelson Publishers Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 5 Review: "Prayers of a Stranger" by Davis Bunn was indeed a wonderful read that really touched me from deep down. This writer really knows how to truly touch ones heart from his writing. "Prayers of a Stranger" was a novel of 'the healing and of the friendships of forgiveness' was simply wonderful. We find in the read that Amanda and her husband Christopher Vance had suffered a great loss last Christmas...losing a baby...then after a trip had turned horrible for Amanda at her husband's family for Christmas...a gift comes...then Amanda gets a trip with a friend to the Holy Land. Only will this trip help heal Amanda's needs? All along this time Chris was having trouble with this company at work. Just how will this all come out for Chris? This is where I say you must pick up "Prayers of a Stranger" to find out. I don't want to give away to any major details however, this read will take you through 'grief, loss, pain, struggle and hope.' I loved reading this story because the script was simple to follow and very interesting. All of the characters were good...some even lovable taking you on a ride of their experiences of their highs and lows of it all. How this author was able to intertwine all of this story together was really something to read about... only doing a good job. Prayers of a Stranger" is wonderful novel to where this couple will discover that God will not only answer prayers of their own heart but will answer prayers of strangers. "Prayers of a Stranger" is a warming Christmas time novel that will warm your heart at you home not only at Christmas but any time of the year and YES, I would recommend this novel as a excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book to put your heart in the right place at Christmastime. Heartwarming. Festive. Helps you to discover the true story behind Christmas. This is my first book to read from Mr. Bunn, although I've heard great reviews of his books for years. I wasn't let down. I enjoyed Prayers of a Stranger SO MUCH! Amanda Vance is a woman with a heart full of long-held grief. She makes it the Holy Land for a special vacation away from her job at the hospital. There are things she's avoided for a year, but she will soon learn how to face her negative feelings of the past. Her husband Chris also faces problems of his own at work, and a mutual feeling exists that their marriage may not be as tight as it once was. The message of Christmas and God's Word is featured throughout the story, bringing families together as they should be and mending hearts back together. A great choice to read this holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is always a time that we just give up, for our prayers have seemed unheard or even unanswered. Prayers of a Stranger brings hope and a lesson of learning that God answers our prayers on His own time through involving people we have never met, and places that we never thought that we would go. And when we don't expect an answer, it is there, we just have to accept it with love and peace that can only be given from above as a blessing. Prayers of a Stranger is a reminder we are not alone for we just need to believe in the strength that comes from God and faith in ourselves to keep on going even if it is one step at a time.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is a precious story of the great power of prayer in many lives.  The family who lost their daughter to stillbirth, the family whose daughter was lost to the world of drugs, and a family whose baby daughter was getting sicker and sicker despite constant medical care. Two neighbors found themselves visiting Israel with a tour group, but deciding to go out on their own so they could get closer to their Lord.  When visiting the Wailing Wall with their prayers, they met a stranger who changes all their lives. Great story of prayer and faith!!
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ReadWorm More than 1 year ago
An easy read and very enjoyable – sometimes lifes hurts send us into auto pilot. Feeling anything, is too much to bear. This was especially true for Amanda who upon the readers entry into the story, is dealing with a deluge of emotion almost a year after her baby had been still born. Going through the motions, helping people in her hospital job environment but not allowing herself to feel anything, changes gradually as she decides to go on a chance trip to Israel and encounters a little girl in desperate need of her help. She embarks on a journey to reconnect with herself, her husband and with God and in so doing finds the healing she needs in Israel. A sweet story, well written, the characters are as normal as you or your neighbor and the reader is very quickly transported into the world of Amanda, her husband Chris and the people that there story unfolds around. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I'm starting to sense God's presence in all things, especially in the latest books I've been writing and Prayers of A Stranger by one of my favorite authors, Davis Bunn is certainly no exception. In fact I've highlighted more passages that spoke to me personally than I think I ever had in a book before and to me, that means something. "It's a shame that life does not give us a time free of other worries when we can heal." In the novel, Prayers of A Stranger, Davis Bunn accomplishes something more than taking the reader along for a great story. He lets the presence of God speak to your own heart, if you are willing to listen and open yourself up to Him. In fact he does this so well, you feel as if the journey is designed especially with you in mind and I personally feel that is God's anointing on this wonderful novel without being heavy handed on religion that would put most people off when reading a Christian book. Prayers of A Stranger is a story about healing and seeing the good that often accompanies difficult times we can not understand and may not this side of heaven in our walk on Earth. Amanda Vance works at the local hospital as the administrative assistant under a harsh director, Moira Campbell, who makes work a living hell for those working with her. In fact her day starts out like the ordinary but soon turns into something quite unexpected. All the hospital staff seem to be in good spirits and being close to Christmas is not the reason. It seems that Moira is about to be reassigned, and thus the need for the rejoicing of all the hospital staff. It even puts Amanda in better spirits. She learns the new director will be starting in the coming days and she is advised to take a few weeks off to think about what direction she wants to take her career in. Seems some of the staff think she will return to her former job as a critical care nurse since she was seen waiting just outside the nursery of the critical care infants. But she can't go back to that. Not yet. It's still too soon and the pain is as fresh as the day it happened. The day she lost their only child, before it had a chance at life. This is the reason she stayed as far away as possible and taken the position of working as an administrative assistant. How will she ever move forward. When Amanda is given a gift of a trip to Israel with her neighbor Emily, who can't take her husband Frank since he is waiting a double hip replacement and can't endure the trip. Rather than having the trip wasted, Emily invites Amanda to see the Holy Land with her. Amanda isn't sure she should go since her husband Chris is still trying to find a way to save his company Avery Electronics from going bankrupt in this tough economy. Yet even Chris knows that Amanda hasn't been the same wife he married since the loss of their child and thinks this might be the answer to restoring her faith and helping to heal her from this loss. Yet neither of them could prepare for what happens when Amanda places a simple prayer into the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It's truly an inspirational story for cold hearts to make them whole again. I received Prayers of A Stranger compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review. I have read several of Davis Bunn's books and remain amazed at how many different directions his writing has taken him. This is such a great book to share with those that may be questioning their own walk of faith through tough times. I know for me, it has truly been a huge walk up call and has melted my own hardness of heart and restored my prayer life. Thank you to Davis Bunn for sharing God's message to my own soul. For this reason, I personally rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion, and I am sure that there is something for everyone is this one. It comes at the perfect time for those looking for a bit more than just a really good Christmas story. Perhaps one with just the perfect message in store to speak to your own heart. Are you will to listen and open your heart?