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Gideon's gift : a novel
Kingsbury, Karen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
ix, 148 pages ; 20 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.2 4.0 158700.
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One long-ago Christmas, Earl Gibson lost the two things most precious to him: his wife and daughter. Angry and heartbroken, he ended up living on the streets and abandoned any belief he'd once had in God.
Ten years later Big Earl meets Gideon, a seven-year-old leukemia patient who believes with all her heart that "Christmas means never having to ask God how much he loves us." Gideon 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.
In GIDEON'S GIFT, Karen Kingsbury reminds us that Christmas is still a time of miraculous possibilities if only we reach out to those around us.

Author Notes

Karen Kingsbury was born in Fairfax, Virginia on June 8, 1963. She received a B.A. in journalism from California State University, Northridge in 1986. After graduation, she became a full-time reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her first book, Missy's Murder, was published in 1992. She wrote three more true crime novels and four collections of answered prayers and miracle stories before transitioning to inspirational fiction in 1998. Her first inspirational fiction novel was Where Yesterday Lives. Popular series she has penned include the Redemption, Firstborn, Sunrise, and Angels Walking series, and she has also written the nonfiction Miracle Books collection, gift books, and children's books.

She has won several Retailer's Choice Awards, plus 2005 and 2007 Gold Medallions for Oceans Apart and Ever After, respectively. Her other books include Longing, Coming Home - The Baxter Family: A Story of Undying Hope, Fiteen Minutes, The Family of Jesus, The Friends of Jesus, In This Moment, and To The Moon and Back.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kingsbury (A Treasury of Christmas Miracles) tugs at the heartstrings in her modern-day Christmas parable. A homeless man named Earl Badgett loses his last connection to his dead wife and daughter when a pair of red gloves are stolen from his makeshift shelter in Portland, Ore. In a seemingly unrelated incident, a terminally ill eight-year-old girl named Gideon Mercer tries to cheer up Badgett when she serves him dinner at a mission, but he cruelly rejects the girl, not knowing that she has leukemia. The determined Gideon convinces her father, a lumber mill worker who has been forced into poverty by a recent layoff, to buy a token gift for the homeless man after her cancer goes into remission, but when she approaches Badgett with the gift he refuses to open it and berates her for her nave behavior. Gideon is heartbroken after this rejection, and her family is even more bereft when her cancer reappears and begins to advance. The girl's last hope for salvation is an expensive bone marrow transplant that her father can't afford, until Badgett finally makes an abrupt, generous turnaround. Kingsbury keeps her prose style economical and sleek throughout the narrative, and she steers clear of the temptation to get too sentimental, even when Badgett goes through his revelatory transformation. Parts of that transformation strain the bounds of credibility, but the authenticity of Kingsbury's holiday goodwill makes this a feel-good winner. (Oct. 10) Forecast: Kingsbury's reputation and an extensive advertising and marketing campaign should help this book and its inspirational message land in plenty of stockings this December. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.