Monday, November 17, 2008

My Mother's Wish

My Mother's Wish - An American Christmas Carol

Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

This book will definitely become a new Christmas tradition for me. In 81 short pages I laughed out loud and found myself in tears. Ellee is a young girl struggling to find her place in a world that seems too regimented and perfect. She can't compete with her beautiful, obedient, intelligent older sister, and she can't imagine how to live up to the expectations her mother has for her.

The story is told from the perspective of an imaginative teen who sees the world in new and different ways. I believe most will find this book reminds them of those rough days of growing up in a world that can't possibly understand teen angst!

This book was a joy to read...and I especially liked the neat little twist at the very end!

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A grandfather’s song turns a diner into hallowed ground, like a church. A contrary girl with a gypsy heart feels the tug of home. A mother, far away, confronts impossible expectations. And a truck driver named Jedidah keeps his foot on the gas to sweep you into an unforgettable story of belonging and grace.

Readers looking for a meaningful, powerful read on a winter’s evening or with the family will love the rich 1960s nostalgia captured in the Midwest of Jedidiah’s and Ellee’s story; the peace found when family strife boils over, and the gentle reminders of the influence and effect every life has on another.

My Mother’s Wish is an unforgettable, powerful tale that ends on a memorable Christmastime note, but will be cherished and reread year-round for its bold message of grand hopes, impossible expectations, and the gift of grace that comes in between.

Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament at Vanguard University , in Costa Mesa , California . A professional storyteller, he is the author of the highly-acclaimed Christmas stories When Mother Was Eleven-Foot-Four (in trade adult and children’s picture book editions) and Givers of Gifts; plus Irony in Mark’s Gospel and Grapevine: A Spirituality of Gossip. His passion is theology and storytelling, which he believes are meant to go together. Jerry and his wife, Shaleen, are the parents of three children.

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