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Karen Kingsbury
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April 1 2011 Red Gloves
Thanksgiving 2007, GIDEONS GIFT tells the stirring story of an unlikely bond between a little girl and a bitter homeless man, forever changing their lives and reminding them of the true meaning of Christmas. One long-ago Christmas, Earl Gibson lost the two things most precious to him: his wife and his daughter. Angry and heartbroken, he ended up living on the streets and abandoned any belief hed once had in God. Ten years later, Big Earl meets a little girl named Gideon, a seven-year-old leukemia patient who is determined to reach this lonely and hurting man who hates Christmas-and he is just as determined to rebuff her. It will take a miracle for Earl to come to understand the true meaning of Christmas. But if he can accept what Gideon wants to give him, he might find that he can return the favor with a precious gift of his own. Karen Kingsburys writing shines in this moving tribute to the power of love at Christmas time. 176 pages 5-1/4 x 8

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Kingsbury, a beloved novelist in the CBA market, is known for weepy tales replete with hospital bedside scenes, emotional reunions and miracles. This eager if predictable novella will please her established fans, and may win a few new ones as well, provided they are armed with enough Kleenex. In the story, the Scrooge-like Earl Badgett-a grumpy and aggressive version of the typical widower of CBA fiction-has his Christian faith revived through the efforts of an eight-year-old girl. Pious, mature children who lead adults back to faith were a staple of 19th-century domestic fiction, and remain so in the CBA today; sweet little Gideon Mercer is no exception. And if the novel's emotional quotient weren't high enough, she's even suffering from leukemia. Despite the overwrought stereotypes, Kingsbury writes quite well; her skill with pacing goes a long way toward redeeming this tired and contrived plot.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gideon Mercer, an eight-year-old leukemia patient, is hoping for a huge Christmas miracle. She does not wish that her parents will scrape together $50,000 for a life-saving bone marrow transplant for her. Nor does she want her dream Christmas with a light-filled tree and a truck for her little brother. Instead, Gideon hopes that the belligerent homeless man she met while her family worked in a food kitchen will believe in God. Five years prior, Earl Badgett lost his faith when his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. Unable to go on, he took to the streets, hoping to die. An unexpected Christmas gift from Gideon brings God back into Earl's life with repercussions for both of them. This pleasantly conventional story will appeal to sentimental readers. Purchase to augment holiday collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading! Jan. 8 2003
Gideon is an angelic little girl who is dying with cancer. However, just at Christmas, in the season of miracles, she gets one, remission from her disease. Determined to spread the joy, she uses all she has saved to buy a cynical, homeless man a pair of red mittens, hopefully replicating the ones he lost, and with their loss, lost hope and faith. Somehow, the used mittens she is able to buy are the very ones that he lost. Then, life turns for the worse, and Gideon needs another miracle. Her cancer is back, and worse than ever. Will there be another miracle, or will she join the angels for whom she is named?
**** As always, Ms. Kingsbury delivers a story that warms your heart through the tears pouring down your face. Closing one of her books never fails to leave the reader untouched and with a new lease on life. I also encourage readers to take time to read the author's message at the end and support the projects mentioned so as to help bring miracles to more people. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read Christmas treasure! Nov. 22 2002
I just loved this book! I am not a fiction-reader, and if you check out my other reviews, you'll see that I'm very picky about my fiction! Most of my reading is Christian non-fiction.
Having said that, you MUST READ THIS BOOK! The author does an excellent job of decribing Gideon's sweet spirit, her parents' love and concern for their sick daughter, and the homeless man Earl's toughness and depression and his giving up on life.
Before buying a book (or checking one out at the library), I look at how it's laid out. This book beckons you with its blue typeface and the motif of the gloves at the beginning of each chapter.
Most of all, you have to read this book for the amazing story. This book WILL become a Christmas classic. It is poignant, gentle, and touching without being saccharin. If you're looking to read a good story that will stick with you for a long time to come, without investing hours of reading time, this is a must-read for you!
I would highly recommend giving this book as a gift - perhaps before Christmas? The message is one of God's miracles and hope and what happens when you BELIEVE.
Please check out my other reviews of Christian books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Treasure Nov. 11 2002
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This wonderful novella from author Karen Kingsbury is destined to become a Christmas classic. It is heartwarming and inspirational in it's story of belief in miracles by a selfless young girl with leukemia, and a man haunted by his memories living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. This book will hold a special place in both your heart, and your library, once you read it.
Gideon Mercer is a very special eight year old girl who brings out the best in those around her. She is selfless and kind. When she dreams of the perfect Christmas and prays with her father for some kind of special miracle this Christmas it may have to transpire soon, as time appears to be running out on little Gideon. That miracle will present itself in the form of Earl Badgett.
Earl has been living on the rainy streets of Portland so long he has lost touch with humanity. His only connection to his past is a pair of red gloves. Only at night when he puts them on does he recall his 'two girls'; wife Anne and daughter Molly. They are his only connection to those he loved and a reminder of happier times. What happened to Earl is heartbreaking and very plausible. Kingsbury has a gift for making stories like this of faith and hope utterly convincing.
When Gideon and Earl meet at the mission she senses what that miracle could be. I will not reveal what transpires between Gideon and Earl but this novella opens upon the joyous occasion of a wedding and slowly reveals how faith and a Christmas miracle brought all the parties involved here. This is a sweet and heartfelt story of hope that will make you want to do good to others while we still have the time.
This is the kind of Chrismas gift you give to friends early in December so they to can appreciate and enjoy something warm and special this holiday season. This may be a fast read but it's message will linger with you a long time. Pick this one up now. It is a small book with a very large heart....
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1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book, but couldn't Dec 9 2002
By A Customer
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The story had good Christian morals, but was handled in such a ham handed manner, that it came over as a Victorian morality tale. A little girl, who is sweet to the point where "everyone looks for her angel's wings" is also dying of a dread disease, her parents are too poor to afford the cure, her sweetness reaches a bitter old vagrant. The vagrant, now a bright and shining pillar of the community, turns out to be... I won't spoil it, but can't you just guess what the end is? This could have been a great book, but the author poured the saccharine on until it overwhelmed the story. I don't recommend this book, but if the author can learn a little perspective, I'm sure she'll become one of the greats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching book Dec 12 2002
Gideon's Gift is not one story, but two. It is the story of Earl Badgett, a man who lost his wife and daughter, and, consequently, his reason for living. And, it is the story of Gideon Mercer, an eight-year-old girl with Leukemia, who wants a special gift for this Christmas - a miracle, but not a miracle for herself, a miracle for someone else. Christmas is a time for miracles, and when Earl and Gideon meet at a homeless shelter, Gideon may just get her wish.
I must say that this is one of the most touching books that I have read in a long time. Indeed, I doubt that it is possible to read it without becoming choked up. This is a very heartwarming tale that will touch your heart and your soul. I highly recommend this book!
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