Sam Edwards isn't looking forward to Christmas, at least not this year. Since losing his job six months before, he hasn't had any luck in finding a new one. He isn't sure how he can give his family a merry Christmas, and the last thing he wants is charity from his neighbors. But when he falls asleep in his living room with his shotgun across his lap just to make sure no one attempts to visit him he wakes up to find his front porch laden with Christmas goodies. But when he tries to find out who left the presents, the freshly fallen snow reveals no footprints. Years later, Sam's wife has passed away and his children are grown. Old and sick, Sam remembers the kindness of the anonymous stranger from long ago and wishes for an opportunity to bless another's life. So on Christmas Eve, when he sees his neighbor's house on fire, he hopes that he can be the means for another anonymous miracle. Sam's Christmas Wish is a story of love, service, and sacrifice.
|Publisher:||Shadow Mountain Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 Years|
About the Author
George D. Durrant was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University and became a full-time educator. He is a master storyteller and loves telling stories to his eight children, thirty-four grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. He and his wife live in Utah. Dan Burr earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his family and numerous farm animals live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan is a well-known Christian illustrator who also specializes in wildlife renderings. Dan has illustrated The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and The Mansion.
Read an Excerpt
Big Sam Edwards had been grumpy ever since he lost his job a few weeks before Christmas. He was worried about "do-gooders" meddling during the holidays. "We don't need no charity," he grumbled. He made a few phone calls and gruffly warned, "I'll be watching if anybody comes around trying to leave anything at the door!" On Christmas Eve, after his wife, Kathryn, and his children had gone to bed, Sam sat in his small front room with a shotgun in his lap. After a couple of hours, his eyelids grew heavey, and soon Sam was asleep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 STARS This is a powerful 29 pages. It made me smile, cry and think of many of my Christmas memories on both sides. Love the power of Giving in secret and receiving too. One Christmas Sam had lost his job but he did not want any charity. He stayed up late to catch anyone who was going to give his family any gifts. Than he fell asleep. Christmas had come and left stuff inside his house. His kids were excited. Sam was mad he called the sheriff. Sam finally felt the Christmas spirit. He gave the rest of his life but always wanted to do in secret and not get caught. This story touched me. That even rethinking about the story brings the tears again. I think this would be a good book for the family to read. I think we all need to learn to give in secret maybe not as great a gift as Sam gave but whatever we can. All the giving and receiving of gifts in secret sure spread the joy of Christmas. May we all have Sam's Christmas Wish all year long. I have to say the illustrations by Dan Burry are beautiful. I would hang almost any of them on my walls. I was given this book to read so I could give an honest review and be a part of Sam's Christmas Wish by George Durrant
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS ONE! The story is INCREDIBLE! And the illustrations are WONDERFUL! Sam's Christmas wish is a little different from most... This year he doesn't want ANYONE to help him...none...nil...zero...NO HELP! Losing his job was hard enough but to have to accept charity is just something Sam cannot bring himself to do. Now Christmas is here and Sam sits in his chair with a shotgun in his hands just daring anyone to come give his family any presents. He WILL NOT accept them! BUT... Sam falls asleep... And someone does come... The children and his wife are ecstatic! "WHO WAS IT?" Sam demands. He even calls the Sheriff to come investigate. They find that there are no tracks and no footprints in the snow leading up to Sam's house.... See how this Christmas miracle came to be and how it changed Sam's life. "A story of love, service, and sacrifice." NEW story! PERFECT for the season! A WONDERFUL family read!