Return to Christmas beautifully blends the two struggling worlds of a former marine and a little boy with attachment disorder. Former Marine Chet is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He doesn't need help. He needs employment. He doesn't have issues. The little boy his friends adopted has issues. But there is something about that little boy that draws him. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his soldier heart or will he spiral into a dark depression?
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About the Author
Multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias’s more than 40 books include the “Quilt” series, the award-winning “Freedom” series, and the “Extreme Devotion” novels for New Hope Publishers. Her devotionals reach hundreds of thousands—through the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and crosswalk.com. The Excellence in Media Angel Award, San Diego Christian Writers Guild fiction awards, Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (Red Ink), Carol Award finalist (Red Ink), 2011 Author of the Year for BooksandAuthors.net, and an international writing contest grand prize are some of her credits. A popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, churches, and TV and radio programs, Kathi also loves outreach to prison and homeless ministries, and praying for and aiding the persecuted church globally. A mother and grandmother, Kathi lives with husband, Al, in California.
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Return to Christmas: A Contemporary Novel based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I've read one of Ms. Macias's Christmas novellas and really loved it so I had high hopes for this one. I admit I don't know much about PTSD or attachment issues that adopted children have so I can't say whether or not the author got them right or not. What bothered me most about the story is that Chet was a major jerk and I couldn't believe how much garbage his wife put up with. I don't think I wouldn've been so calm, especially when Chet passed out drunk and left his three year old son to take care of himself for hours! And his wife didn't have anything to say about it - to him. There are two different stories in here, one of Chet and his issues and his wife and the other of another family with the little boy who had attachment issues. Ryan and Chet really didn't have much to do with each other throughout the book so the ending was rather surprising in that way. I loved the strong faith message. I also loved how Chet's wife and Ryan's mother bonded.
I really love getting a book by Kathi Macias. I know it's going to be well written, it will reach the heart, and it will be engrossing and inspirational. God will always be first in her books, something I personally count to be of primary importance. Chet Mason is a returned vet, one who lost his best buddy in the Middle East to an IED, nearly losing his own life in the process. He often wishes he could trade his buddy places, even though he has a beautiful and sweet wife, Jeneen, and a cute little live-wired three-year-old, Kevin. Chet battles depression and tries to control his temper, but it's so hard. He wants to give up. Jeneen isn't so far from giving up herself. Chet has difficulty holding onto a job, so she went back to work to try to catch up with the bills, even though she knows Chet resents it. He takes care of Kevin on the days when he's not working--and that's about to become full time, because his latest construction job is over. Jeneen is frightened by that--sometimes Chet drinks too much, and she worries about their little guy. So what will happen in this little family as they approach Christmas? Will they become just one more statistic? They could use a little help. You can get the book and help them through to the end. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
What could inspire a miracle of Christmas, the season, thoughts of love and hope more than reading of an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD and a loss of his self-esteem who finds a kindred spirit in a toddler whose short life has been one of loss and withdrawal? Definitely a spiritually inspired read, Kathi Macias’ Return to Christmas had the potential to blend the power of faith and the misery of misfortune. Ms. Macias has a wonderful gift for bringing each character to life "for the moment," but failed to dig deep enough to flesh them out. I wanted to reach out to Chet, who felt worthless, damaged from his tours in Afghanistan and the horrors he survived. Throughout, his wife, while loving him deeply never conveyed that message by opening a safe channel for him to talk, or by listening for the messages he has hidden beneath his actions. She was always praying on it, leaving the work to God. I wanted to ask her if she had ever really listened to the song Onward Christian Soldiers, and the concept of taking action herself, that is how involved I became and how disappointed I was in her character. Prayer is a wonderful thing, asking for guidance is a wonderful thing, but actions speak louder than words. For me, this tale fell short and left me feeling like I was left standing in the shallow end of the Christian pool. I want to feel inspired. The synopsis leaves us to believe the story is one centered around a man and a toddler in their own personal Hell, while this is only a blip on the pages. I rarely leave negative reviews, but the topics handled in this read are far too important and real, the main character far too absorbed in waiting for a higher power to do her work for her. 2.5 Stars I received this copy from new Hope Publishers in exchange for my honest review.