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The Shoe Box [Hardcover]

Francine Rivers
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Aug. 22 2005
When Timmy comes to live with Mary and David Holmes, he brings a red shoe box that he carries with him everywhere. What is in Timmy's precious shoe box, and why is it so important? This tender and moving Christmas parable is a gentle reminder to give God all we have to offer.

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Author Francine Rivers once created her own "God Box" for talking with God. Whenever something was bothering Rivers she would write a prayer about it and slip it in her decorated cardboard box. It was this personal God Box that gave her the idea for writing this compelling Christmas story about a foster child named Timmy whose only valued possession is a shoebox. His foster parents, a young Christian couple, are of course curious about this 6-year-old's mysterious box. What could be inside? But knowing that his privacy is one of the few things Timmy has left, they decide not to pry. Rivers uses the backdrop of Timmy's foster family, church community, and the dedication of his birth mother to illustrate what Christian faith can do. The Christmas pageant finale is a true heart warmer for all believers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good little story. Dec 7 1999
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I have been entertained by many of the Francine Rivers books and this one is no exception. This is a good little story of the type that used to appear in teen magazines as a serial when I was a kid. This book is good for a couple hours entertainment, but for the best (deepest and most meaningful) Christian novels I have to say this author's writing cannot begin to compare to Bodie Thoene's historicals. I have never read a better story for Christmas time than Shiloh Autumn.(I read these two books back to back.) That is a powerful author who touches the deepest heart of what family and Christianity is all about without gratuitous emotion. Real food for the soul. When I pick up Christian fiction I am hoping for something that will have a positive effect on my life, not preach on issues. This book is sweet, as are all of her books. The author often entertains, but does not go into true depth of character or soul. There is a place for both kinds of books and both kinds of authors in the world and if this is what a reader wants than put this in your shoe box and wrap it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new Christmas Carol! Wonderful story! May 12 2000
We read The Shoe Box as a family in Christmas of 1999. This is a beautiful story with all the heart of a Charles Dickens story. We expect to read it again in 2000 and on and on...It's that kind of book. Francine Rivers is an author who is able to reach into the heart and touch lives. There is not one of her books I would not be happy to pass along to my friends. The reviewer who compared Francine's writing to mine might have meant well, but has missed the point. Each of us writes very differently and yet our goal is the same. The Shoe Box is beautiful and powerfully written. Francine Rivers is not only a sister, but a writer I admire tremendously! Read all her books then pass them along. They make a difference!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for reading aloud by the Christmas Tree Dec 7 2001
This is a nice little book that takes 10-15 minutes to read aloud. The story itself is about a little boy named Timmy whose mother cannot take care of him, and God does take care of him. It may bring a little tear to your eye when you read it.
I don't find the book particularly well written, but it is one of the favorite books of my 4-year-old. He would love for me to read it to him every night.
This book also contains the story of the birth of Christ from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke plus a few shorter stories and Christmas recipes.
If you are looking for a book to get your family in the Christmas spirit, this is a good one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed March 16 2000
I felt a little disappointed after having read all the reciepes and such. I was looking for a story. The story was good but not Francines best work. Her Mark of the Lion series, Voice in the wind, An echo in the darkness ect. had me on my knees several times petitioning Our Lord to have a spirit like the character Haddesa. Those books showed the world for what it truly is but also gave us the hope that can only come from being in obedience to God.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was warned, but still a little disappointed! May 13 2001
Rivers is one of my 3 favorite authors, but this one was so very, very brief! My children are too young to appreciate it as family reading and it was just too short and simple for me. Rivers generally arouses deep feelings in me for her characters, but here I was virtually unmoved. I read the warnings here in the reviews and I should have listened!
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