4 out of 4 stars
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Can we get a second chance? Does one decision irreversibly determine the course of our lives? Is it ever too late to change the past? These are the questions Douglas J. Spiel tries to answer in The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The author portrays the importance of virtues like humility, patience, and temperance. He also shows love as a driving factor in living life to its fullest. There's so much more to this book than a Christmas story.
It was the story of Mike Foley, a man who had so many ups and downs in life. He endured so much loss and pain and ended up as a homeless man, though not entirely hopeless. On the evening of December 14th, 12 days before Christmas, he made a prayer that changed the course of his life.
This book takes us back through the years and shows the defining moments in Mike's life and the various decisions and indecisions that led him to a homeless situation. Through Mike's life events, we see the changing power of faith and love.
The author was inclusive in his approach. Many people would read this book, enjoy it, and learn useful lessons from it. Though it was based on Christian beliefs and principles, it was not intended to promote or demean any particular religion. It would be appealing to everyone, as the focus was not on the religious aspect but the book's lessons.
I admired the author's writing skills. I could flow and connect with the book, feel the main character's pain, and relate to his experiences. It was easy for me to personalize them and learn the same lessons Mike learned as the story progressed. This was my favorite aspect of the book.
The transitions from present to past and then back to present was impeccable. An overview was given of the main character's life and how he got to where he was at any point in the story. This made me pay attention to details so as not to miss any vital information. It was not disorienting or confusing anytime the story went back in time because the author remained consistent in his details, and everything was synchronized.
I found nothing to dislike about this book. It was an engaging read, and it contains tons of lessons. It was professionally edited as I found very few errors, and they were not enough to take away any point. I'd rate it 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to anyone experiencing difficulties and in need of hope.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
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