Sunday, October 28, 2012

REVIEW: The Ghost of Christmas Present by Abbott & Swinton

Date:                  10/24/12
Title:                   The Ghost of Christmas Present
Author:               Scott Abbott and Amy Maude Swinton
ISBN 13:           978-1-4516-6039-5
Pages:                226
Publisher:           Howard Books/Simon & Schuster
Cover:               Hardcover
Rating:               3

This book was, in my opinion, a partial ode to Shakespeare, of whom I’m not the biggest fan. However, what I took away from this book was that the human spirit cannot be broken.

Patrick Guthrie is left to take care of his ailing son, Braden, alone. Braden has an enlarged heart and is in need of a delicate procedure. Bad luck, trials and test are thrown at Patrick from every angle. Not only is he put in a position to be there for his little boy, and “hope” him through the procedure, Patrick has been laid off from his job and eventually he is threatened with losing his son because the courts have concluded that Patrick is no longer able to take care of his son financially.

Unable to bear much more, Patrick contemplates suicide until he realizes that he would leave his son alone. Patrick then is hired and fired from another job that leaves him panhandling on the streets in an effort to keep and take care of his son.

This story shows that no matter how much is put on a person, they have the ability to overcome many obstacles with faith, love and determination.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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