Christmas is supposed to be a season of joy and gladness. But sometimes it can be a season of pain and sorrow. For author Connie Cameron, Christmas of 2009 was just that. However, Connie was reminded that she didn't have to succumb to the pity party; she had a choice. When she trusted God in the midst of her sadness, He worked behind the scenes in her heart and in the hearts of others.
Journey with Connie as she reminisces about Christmases past. See yourself in her struggles to step out of her comfort zone. Laugh and cry over human and canine rescues. And by the final page, you too will be inspired to help someone less fortunate. This Christmas allow your heart to become enlarged … for the underdog.
This is a great book for dog lovers. Cameron has woven many of the stories around the dogs in her family. But there is much more to her stories that would be of interest to readers in general. She writes about the sudden death of her teen aged step-son right before the Christmas season. She tells us about her reluctant entrance into prison ministry.
Running through all of her reflections is the theme of relying on the Lord for strength in adverse situations. She has included a number of spiritual lessons that are very encouraging.
I was impressed with her depth of writing. What might have seemed to be a regular occurrence Cameron turns into a spiritual lesson. The culmination of it all is a reminder of our call as Christians to be aware of the underdogs, whether they be the unwanted dog at the pound or the downcast prisoner at the local jail. I recommend this encouraging book.
Connie Cameron has hundreds of published writings including seven Chicken Soup for the Soul titles, Reader's Digest, and The War Cry. She has also been published in many of Cup for Comfort titles, Guidepost's Extraordinary Answers to Prayer book, and God Allows U-Turns for Women, among others. She was also a weekly columnist in five newspapers for several years where she shared her thoughts about life and faith. Her first book, God's Gentle Nudges, is full of true inspirational stories pointing the reader to a closer walk with the Lord. She served as a missionary in Kenya and is a popular women's ministry speaker. She and her husband of thirty five years live in Ohio. You can find out more at www.conniecameron.com.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 116 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.