Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Miracle At Coffeeville~ Darrell Case

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1502402335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502402332

If you’re like me, you love the season of Christmas. The festive atmosphere, the tree, the gifts, the feasting, the songs. People seem to be kinder to each other. There are gatherings with family and friends. However, there is a danger. We can become so wrapped up in the celebration that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. That Christ came to provide for us eternal life. That the babe in the manger was just a prelude to The Savoir on the cross. It is my hope this little book will help you recapture the joy of the season. May God bless you and may you have a wonderful Christmas. Angel’s Dust For postal worker Jeff Marlow, Christmas is just another time to relive the heartache of losing his wife and daughter. It will all end tonight but then he finds a letter from a lonely little girl. She asks Santa Claus for only one gift. Can Jeff overcome his pain and fulfill her wish? A Gathering of Angels Bessie’s life seems to consist of nothing more than existence. Stuck in a nursing home, Christmas has lost its meaning to her. Bitter and resentful, she takes it out on those trying to help. However, God isn’t through with Bessie. He shows her the meaning of Love Thy Neighbor. The Christmas Mirror Steven and Mandy have a matchless love. They fell in love in kindergarten and as husband and wife, their love for each other has grown ever deeper. She promises to spend each Christmas Eve with him yet a few days before Christmas, Mandy is taken ill and dies. Can the love she had for Steven transcend even death? Will her love shine through the Christmas mirror? Miracle at Coffeeville The people of Coffeeville are barely surviving the Great Depression. When it seems nothing worse can happen, Samuel Owens takes over the bank. His hostility and resentment causes him to oppress the destitute. He unmercifully forecloses on their farms and businesses with the only alternative being to come work for him at starvation wages. The people of Coffeeville pray for a miracle. Will God answer in time? How can He change the heart of one so wrapped up in hatred? Snow Angels Abigail loves her little brother ‘Buddy’ yet sometimes he is an irritation. When he accidentally dies, she blames herself. Believing Christ can raise him from the dead, she risks her life in a blizzard. Her father and the men of their church search for her but will they find her in time or will there be two caskets to bury? Music of the Night Music is Ruth’s life. When arthritis destroys her gift, she applies for a job as a janitor. Now she is cleaning the very theater where she once performed. Hiding in the shadows, she waits until the others leave, then with twisted fingers, she begins to play. With her hands aching but with joy in her heart, she plays the music of her childhood. Christmas is a time of miracles and God has one for Ruth. Apples of Gold Denver and Anna have a secret. For years, they have lived in a small cabin in the woods. On Christmas Eve, they revealed their secret to my wife and me. What they tell us changed our lives and the lives of others. Tonight we found out that we really didn’t know them at all. Soon we discovered how much God truly loves us.

My take on this book:
Miracle At Coffeeville by Darrell Case is a compilation of seven short stories that take place during the Christmas season.Each story provides a glimpse of how God works his magic in the lives of ordinary people.  From the story of a postman who has lost all that he holds dear and contemplates ending it all,until he realizes that he is still needed, to the story of a cantankerous lady living in a nursing home and the change of heart she has, we see how God truly works little miracles in the lives of people everyday. The Christmas Mirror is the story of a man who loses his wife to soon but a magic mirror allows him to see her one last time. Snow Angels is the story of Abigail and her brother Buddy, when something happens to Buddy Abigail prays for a miracle and has the faith that it will happen. In Music of the Night we meet a woman who loses the ability to play the music she loves and watch how God restores her. 

Each story in Miracle At Coffeeville touched my heart and reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas. A unique grouping of that held my interest and kept me reading. When I finished one story I had to read the next because each story was like  a special gift I couldn't wait to unwrap,I wasn't sure what the story would reveal but I knew it would be inspiring! Mr. Case certainly captures the essence of the magic of God's love and while we expect miracles at Christmas I think this book would be a wonderful faith restorer any time of the year. 

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