The Christmas Portrait

The Christmas Portrait

by Phyllis Clark Nichols

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ISBN-13: 9781629982175
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 477,340
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Phyllis Clark Nichols has a degree in English and a master’s degree in music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband cofounded a national cable network featuring health and disability-related programming. For over a decade she has worked in the orphanages of Guatemala and currently serves on several nonprofit boards. Phyllis and her husband make their home in the Texas Hill Country near their two daughters and their families. Visit for more information.

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The Christmas Portrait 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Derlene More than 1 year ago
Curl up with a cup of tea and be prepared to experience a myriad of emotions as you read this sweet, inspiring story, revealing precious family devotion to one another and to others! I actually felt as though I was a member of Kate's family as I read this, experiencing the hurt and the joy, as she worked through her grief. This is a beautiful, poignant and uplifting story written by a compassionate and loving friend, Phyllis Nichols.
marvknox More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Portrait describes how a 10-year-old girl encounters the first Christmas after her mother’s death. Told from a child’s poignant-yet-resilient perspective, Phyllis Nichols’ lovely novel is layered, subtle and profound. Children will adore its vivid imagery, family warmth and will-she-or-won’t-she mystery. Adults will appreciate its deeper themes of loss, brokenness and persistent hope. All readers will revel in heroine Kate’s plucky resolve and generous compassion. This book is destined to become a Christmas classic that accompanies readers through the holidays and leads them into the New Year pondering the strength of faith, family and future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Portrait is a tender story of heartbreak, hope, and love, written by my dear friend, Phyllis Nichols, whose gentle spirit and kind nature warm every page of her new book. It is the perfect read in preparation for the poignancy of the Christmas season, filled with carols, lights, aromas, redbirds, traditions, memories, and love. Young Kate struggles to deal with the unwanted newness of life without her mother, a determination to keep her memory alive, and a deep desire to live a life of her mother's legacy: Faith, Family, Forever. The Christmas Portrait deals with hard, real-life situations, beautifully balanced with joy and the hope which can only come from God. I heartily recommend you drink it in, settled in a comfy, quiet corner, with hot chocolate. Please keep writing, Phyllis! Letha Cole Crouch
dcleve1971 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Portrait is a charming story. It is written by my sweet friend, Phyllis Nichols, and comes from the heart and imagination of a writer who understands the power of love and loss. In this story, a child loses her mama much too soon, but even in her grief she honors her mother by innocently, but tenaciously, living out the eternal truths she taught. Faith, family and forever become the wind beneath Katherine Joy’s young spirit. These truths are tested as the young Kate is forced to navigate the confusing journey of loss and healing. The Christmas Portrait and its young protagonist beautifully and gently remind us of the wonderful mystery and grace that embodies the Christmas season and all who believe. Phyllis is just getting started, and I look forward to what her talents will gift us with next. ~ Deb Cleveland, Author of Hugs from Heaven: Portraits of a Woman’s Faith and Man From Macedonia: My life of service, struggle, faith, and hope.
mayorsat More than 1 year ago
“Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” There is no better way to see the Love of God than through the eyes of a child. What adults sometimes make so complicated and conditional, a child is able to simply and whole-heartedly see and know. THE CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT is a portrait of God’s Love.
Yudith More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Portrait is a well written narrative that invites the reader to live through what ten year old Kate feels, thinks, does and is learning as she had to mature due to the loss of her mother. It makes you cry but also laugh. A story of strong family ties, love, faith and above all hope in the promise of forever. You will not want to stop reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Portrait is a story about loss, grief, healing, and hope. Through Kate’s eyes, a perceptive, mature, and brave ten-year-old girl, Phyllis Nichols explores universal human experiences and meaningful theological concepts in a way that is profound, yet accessible to the general reader. Nichols’ vivid narrative is a gift with a warm invitation to consider our own ideas, feelings, fears, and hopes under the lenses of faith, family and goodness with a forever perspective. Dr. Nora O. Lozano
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Read this book. You will cry, laugh, hope, wonder, and believe. Your faith will be renewed. Your family will be more precious to you. You will live and love remembering there is a forever. Every time you see a red bird, you will think of this beautiful story and be blessed by the memory. This story has inspired me to be a mother to my children like Mama in this story was to her little girl. Thank you, Phyllis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“THE CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT” awakened in me some unexpected feelings of warmth and surprising thoughts of joy. I found myself immersed in this beautifully written novel of child-like grief, love and goodness. I will treasure more deeply my own family and friends, and I will be more attentive to the ways God loves us through other people. Phyllis Nichols has given us all a wonderful gift and an eloquent example of how profound truths are best expressed through story. Daniel Vestal Director, Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership Mercer University Atlanta, GA
Debra More than 1 year ago
This story of faith and wonder will forever change the way the reader sees a red bird. The Christmas Portrait by Phyllis Nichols took me back to the magic of a childhood Christmas with traditions and rituals and family love, but also to a place that I thankfully have not had to go, because I still have my mama. Kate Harding is a precious tween trying to cope with her mother’s untimely death and the gap she feels in her heart, even though she is surrounded by a loving and supportive family. She yearns to understand how to move forward and still stay connected to her absent mother. Christmas is coming, and everyone around her is trying to make it special, but she is convinced the only way to make it right is finding a way to send a gift to her mama in heaven. This story is masterfully written and points the reader to the value and meaning of “Faith. Family. Forever.” Don’t miss the chance to curl up with a thoughtful story told by a storyteller who has the reader practically smelling the cedar trees and the hot chocolate, and feeling the warmth of a family looking to heaven at Christmas time and always.
SarahM3 More than 1 year ago
Faith. Family. Forever. Words taught by a dying mother to her young daughter. I cried tears of sadness and then tears of joy as the story unfolded. The Christmas Portrait really made me think about how important family and faith are and that if you have those two things, you have everything. This story will bring healing to so many people who have lost loved ones. Our loved ones are with us forever if you look hard enough. I will smile every time I see a Redbird. Kate's unwavering faith in God while grieving the loss of her mother is truly inspiring. Reading The Christmas Portrait will make you look at life differently -  a true blessing.