It’s been a while since a book has brought tears to my eyes. But as I reached the final pages this one did. Return to Christmas by Kathi Macias is a tender story full of hope and a beautiful example of the way the fiction can sometimes educate and inspire as much or more than non-fiction informational or self-help.
Return to Christmas tells the stories of two families. In the first, the husband has just returned from his second deployment as a Marine. He is unemployed, depressed, and in need of counseling for PTSD. Prone to irrational bursts of anger, he has his family confused and unsure of what to do. His wife fears she’ll never again be able to do anything right in his eyes.
The second family has adopted a three-year-old boy out of foster care. This child suffers from attachment disorder and dwells in his own, little, isolated world. His parents have been patient with him for a year, anxiously waiting for him to respond to their love, to begin to reach out to others socially. They are beginning to despair.
Return to Christmas shows how prayer, patience, endurance can make a difference in the lives of those who suffer. God knows who is hurting; He is faithful in His work of healing hearts.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.