I have to say that the cover of The 13th Gift immediately grabbed my attention and the subtitle "A True Story of a Christmas Miracle" sounded like my kind of book.
The book takes place in the weeks leading up to the first Christmas the author would face as a widow. Having said good-bye to her soul mate just months prior and now facing the loneliness, the daunting role of single parenting, and the angst of teen conflicts, the author isn't sure how her family will survive this Christmas.
Then one day, a gift is left at the author's front door with a note about the first day of Christmas and what their "true friends" gave that day. That unexpected and beautiful reminder that someone cared about their family allowed the first ray of light to penetrate their suffocating grief. Each day a new gift is delivered--nothing expensive or fancy just something that puts a smile on their face and helps them start to see some hope. Little by little, these small acts of kindness begin to work their magic.
Check out the author's website for more information about her and her family. She also has some great advice on how to reach out to others any day of the year, not just at Christmas.
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This was one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and it offers a really wonderful idea for ways to encourage and enrich others who may be experiencing a difficult time over the holidays. Go out and get your copy and go make a difference on someone's life this season.