Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One Holy Night by J. M. Hochstetler

Frank McRae stared at the television screen; raw images of war exploding in his head long after the news had finally ended, replaced by an inane sitcom. The grainy black and white video of battle-weary troops slogging through the sodden rice paddies and shadowy jungles of Viet Nam ate away at his heart like sulfuric acid. Nothing was left but bitterness and pain.

What Frank didn't know was that God had a miracle in mind. Once more, as on that holy night so long ago, a baby will be born and laid in a manger--a baby who will bring forgiveness, peace and healing to a family that has suffered heart-wrenching loss.

My Review:
Set in Minnesota during the Viet Nam Era, Maggie, a mother fights ovarian cancer while her son goes off to war. Thankfully, her married daughter, Julie, a nurse is close at hand. Maggie's husband, Frank, a WWII veteran, is a man filled with prejudice and hatred toward the "enemies." The ugliness of war can destroy lives. Can God restore?

The story is predictable, and the characters are one-dimensional. However, there's much good inside these covers. Obviously, the author worked hard to get the details correct. The wrestling with God is dramatically realistic. Forgiveness and God's love are the themes, and these are lessons we all need to learn and relearn. A Study Guide is included. This is a different Christmas story.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go here.
If you would like to buy a copy, click here.


Becky said...

I just finished a book in which the horrors of war made a man turn from God and, although the writing was not awe-inspiring, it kept me reading. Sounds like this book was the similar for you.

dawn said...

Thanks for the honest review.

Authors do work hard at their craft - sometimes the finished product doesn't "fit" our needs or tastes.

You were fair in pointing out pros and cons to *One Holy Night*