The Doctor's Christmas Quilt

The Doctor's Christmas Quilt

by Kathi Macias
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The Doctor's Christmas Quilt by Kathi Macias

When her unwed medical student daughter discloses that she is pregnant, Dr. Laura Branson is torn between excitement and fear. Until now, her beliefs and stance on pro-life issues have been more theoretical than personal. When she receives a Christmas gift—a quilt that depicts the life of pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America—she is forced to wrestle with her convictions and examine everything she stands for in light of her faith. A book club guide is available at

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ISBN-13: 9781596698857
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 08/24/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 601 KB

About the Author

Multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias’s nearly 35 books include this “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 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, 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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The Doctor's Christmas Quilt: No Sub-title 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Inspirational Parallels As a result of the accidental deaths of her husband and young son ten years earlier, Dr. Laura Branson devoted herself to paving the way for her daughter to attend medical school. Those plans may be about to change as Megan comes home from school for a weekend visit and announces that she is pregnant. With strong Christian convictions and dedicated to saving lives Laura and Megan share a strong stand against abortion; however, at Megan's announcement Laura questions her feelings regarding her unwed daughter's pregnancy. Laura had recently begun taking her lunch breaks with an older woman named Jenny, the owner of an antique shop. When Laura asked about a quilt in Jenny's back room Jenny explained that she makes a Christmas quilt every year that she gives to someone special. She prays for inspiration from God regarding who will become the recipient. Jenny explained that her current Christmas quilt is inspired by the story of the first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell. Lunch dates become routine as Jenny shares the details of Dr. Blackwell's life represented in each of the blocks in the quilt, and how they relate to the obstacles she overcame in her life. Through Dr. Blackwell's life story both Laura and Megan are inspired by the history that parallels present issues they both face. This parallel reveals some thought-provoking questions regarding Megan's future as a doctor, and potentially as a single mother. Author Kathi Macias is a favorite of mine. She has penned stories that have touched me in ways that have confirmed issues in my own life, and this book is no exception. In The Doctor's Christmas Quilt she reveals a rich history lesson that is interwoven with present day issues that make us question our deepest beliefs. The relationship between mother and daughter is done with compassion and realism. Issues of guilt, fear, uncertainty and spiritual concerns are broached with sensitivity and Christian perspectives, with resulting redemption through forgiveness and God's grace. The story of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell is very educational and blends seamlessly with the issues discussed in this book. As a quilter and mother of a daughter who became pregnant as an unmarried young woman, this story is very dear to my heart. God does bring beauty from ashes as Kathi Macias presents in examples throughout this beautiful and poignant story!   Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the For Readers Only program through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of The Doctor's Christmas Quilt for my honest review.  I enjoyed this book.  It was refreshing and easy to read.  I like the fact that Laura and Megan never wavered from their convictions in spite of the odds against them  This book portrayed women with a strong faith that I want to possess and portray to others who meet me.  I enjoyed the story of Elizabeth Blackwell who was the very first woman doctor.  Her story was inspiring as she had many hurdles to overcome just to become a doctor.  I think this story gives women the picture that they can be anything they want to be.
swager More than 1 year ago
The Doctor's Christmas Quilt by Kathi Macias was a wonderfully well written book. It was the story of a young medical school girl,Megan, who becomes pregnant after one life changing experience. No longer with her boyfriend, Megan travels home to her mom to try to figure out what to do. Her mother, Dr Laura Branson & she are strong pro-life supporters & Christians, never the less the journey to accept & decide what to do after finding out about the pregnancy weighs on them both. An older friend & shop owner, Jenny, who is making a Christmas quilt shares the story inspiring the quilt about the first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, with Laura, and when available with Megan. Jenny prays for them during this time as she senses that something is troubling them. It is a beautiful story of faith, forgiveness, salvation & family that you won't want to miss.   Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the For Readers Only program through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I love reading and reviewing books by Kathi Macias because I know they will resonate in my heart. This one hits the target. A daughter's shame, a mother's heartache, and choices to be made all written up and wrapped up for Christmas. All her life Dr. Laura Branson has believed that a baby is a baby from conception to birth and beyond, but when her only child, her beloved daughter, her pride and joy, comes home early for Thanksgiving and breaks the news of a baby on the way and no intention to marry the father, Dr. Branson finds her own beliefs exploding before her eyes. Her dreams that Megan will follow her into medicine will be shelved if not discarded by Christmas. Megan is confused by her mother's response, or rather lack of response. A friend of Laura's, an older woman who is making a quilt, begins to tell first Laura and then both Laura and Megan stories of the first woman doctor in the US, Elizabeth Blackwell, a woman who listened to God rather than the voices around her.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt is a story that illustrates how actions speak louder than words. This book has so many wonderful themes including women supporting one another, parenting under difficult circumstances, consequences and redemption. Finally, it demonstrates when dreams don’t go as planned and life gets messy, love and faith are the best foundation. When Dr. Laura Branson’s daughter announces she’s pregnant, and by less than desirable circumstances, she is forced to reckon with her beliefs. Laura has been an outspoken prolife supporter but in the situation her daughter has presented, she contemplates the possibility of abortion. I loved the way Ms. Macias characterized each person’s point of view. She beautifully portrays how it’s never too late to be forgiven and come to Christ. This is a wonderful book that’s perfect for anytime of the year but definitely as a Christmas read. I received this book from The Book Club Network and New Hope Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt By Kathi Macias Dr Laura Brandon’s world tilted when her young unwed daughter announces she is pregnant. Not only is Meagan’s future jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy but so is her dream of following in her mothers footsteps by finishing medical school and becoming a doctor. The choices she is facing are life changing, abortion, adoption or becoming a single parent. Together Megan and Laura examine their pro-life belief’s while their relationship becomes stronger. Jenny is an old friend of Laura’s, she is making a Christmas quilt inspire by the life story of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. As she shares the story of the quilt with mother and daughter they find healing, love, faith and forgiveness. This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. Author Kathi Macias did a great job of sharing the difficult subject of unplanned pregnancy with dignity and compassion. She was able to interweave history with modern everyday life. Her characters were inspiring and heart warming. I want to thank the author Kathi Macias and publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Kathi Macias has done it again! This book was wonderful! I read it in 2 days! Dr. Laura Branson is shocked when her unwed med student daughter, Megan, comes homes pregnant. Laura and Megan try to deal with what to do about this. Laura has always been pro-life but this is a whole different ballgame for her. This book was very interesting and thought provoking. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone! I received this book from bookfun for my honest review.
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I read a book by Kathi Macias. The Doctor's Christmas Quilt, was an enjoyable story to read. I could not put the book down and felt the emotions of each character in the story. Dr. Larson's unwed daughter announces she is pregnant. Dr. Larson is torn between faith and fear. An unexpected Christmas Quilt helps answer her questions. A story of love and forgiveness. I received this book from The Book Club Network for an honest review. I recommend this was a great story!
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Doctor's Christmas Quilt is an amazing story on a tough subject. This is the first book by Kathy Macias I read but it won't be the last. I have already looked into recieving some of her other books. The book revolves around a mother - daughter relationship. The daughter is in medical school, following in her mother's footsteps of becoming a doctor. She decides to take an early Thanksgiving break to go home to her mom because she has news to break. She is pregnant which will bring with it many decisions to make. The daughter wants her mother to help her make them.  There is also an added story of the history of the first female doctor in the US., Dr  Elizabeth Blackwell.The story is well-written,and enjoyable but  also with a lesson to it of savation and hope and forgiveness.I recieved the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
dun1 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book from Kathi Macias; I'm loving the Quilt series. Christmas Quilt is thought provoking; it has a story that will make you question if you could hold to your beliefs if the storm was happening on your home-front. I really enjoyed the characters and felt that I was not just reading a book, but that I was a part of the story. PS: Learning about Doctor Blackwell was an added bonus. I received a free copy of this book courtesy of The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
A female doctor,Laura, is surprised by the unexpected visit from her medical student daughter, Megan. The two have been close since a car accident killed Laura's son and husband ten years earlier. Both women of faith with strong pro-life beliefs find themselves dealing with Megan's unwed pregnancy. Their struggles to decide what to do next is intermingled with the delightful stories of their elderly friend, Jenny, as she shares her warmth and faith and the life story of Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first woman doctor. The relationship between the women gives support and strength as Blackwell's story encourages them to persevere in fulfilling God's purpose in their lives, no matter the obstacles. The story ends with many questions still hanging and no easy fixes, but the reader is assured that their faith in God's grace and presence will see them through the uncertain future.I guess this is truly realistic as none of us knows what the future will bring and must just trust the One in whose hands the future is. I enjoyed the characters and the ties that bind the women. Jenny is a treasure indeed. And Alex, well, we are left to wonder what God will do with him, but his mountain-climbing dream was awesome. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
Kathi Macias has once again written another great book. She has woven the story of Dr. Laura Branson with that of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician. Dr. Blackwell was not only a staunch abolitionist but also a pro-life supporter. There were two convictions which were not well accepted during her time. Dr. Branson has lived a life not untouched by tragedy. She and her daughter, Megan, have had to pick up the pieces and continue on with life. They have had to find a new normal. Dr. Branson has always held the belief of pro-life. But when the unthinkable touches their lives, will she and Megan have the strength to go on? Will they be able to move forward even if they outcome my not be the path that they have set right now? Dr. Branson must decide if she can accept a new path or if they present path was really the one her daughter had chosen or was it the path that she chose for her daughter. Can she support her daughter in whatever decision she decides? When God sends an angel in the form of a friend, will Laura be open enough to receive the insight that she is suppose to? Megan must come to terms with not only a life changing occurrence but with the decisions that led up to it. She must decide what her future will hold. Dr. Blackwell's story is not only meant for her mother but for Megan as well. She sees the strength and convictions of Dr. Blackwell as a stepping stone and a chance to learn. Will Dr. Blackwell help to lead these women over a hundred years after her life and death? Will Dr. Branson and Megan be able to walk forward? Will Megan decide what path her future will hold? Many questions and many answers are found in this book. Many ideas are tested. I received this book through TCBN for a fair and honest review.
CherK1 More than 1 year ago
I love the way Kathi writes, it's so easy to read. Each of Kathi's books deal with one particular subject, so you know what it's all about. Also, faith plays a very important part in her characters lives. Some really strong, some are weaker, and some have almost forgotten their faith or never had it to start with. Dr. Laura Branson works at a clinic for low income people, she also is very pro-life in her every day life. Dr. Laura's daughter Meagan is in the middle of Medical School, on her way to becoming a Dr. also. Life gets in the way, as it does to a lot of us, which makes her question what she really wants from life. This also affects Dr. Laura, making her question if she really did believe what she was preaching. Both Laura and Meagan are brought together by an older woman and her stories. Laura and Meagan had lost the other half of their family and still had a hard time handling it. All around, God's words are brought to the forefront. You will want to read this book, you may not even put it down till you finish. I would recommend this book to all adult readers. I was given this book by Book Fun in exchange for an honest opinion.
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
I just finished “The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt” by Kathi Macias.  The reference to quilts in the title drew me to the book because I like quilts and quilting.  It was interesting to learn about the first woman doctor in America as one of the characters in the novel told Elizabeth Blackwell’s story illustrated with blocks in a quilt.  The novel deals with the relationship of a mother and daughter as they deal with the issues that many women face today.  This is excellent Christian fiction.  I really enjoyed reading this book and will be looking for others by this author.  I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.