Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"A Silent Gift" Book Review & Giveaway!

The Director of Love Comes Softly Films

Pens New Heartwarming Story

The Silent Gift

by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


It is almost 3:00 in the morning as I write this review. Why? Because I just finished the last page of a book that gripped my heart from the first paragraph and didn't let go until the last sentence had me in tears. I was swept away into the life and times of the 1930's with such abandon that I would have sworn for a short while that I could smell the circus, see the sunlight reflecting off the windows at the Edmundson's estate, glimpse the red skin barely peeking out from under Mary's white kid gloves and feel Jack sitting next to me in comfortable silence, sharing companionship with an old friend. The fact that the storyline was fresh and original and always left me wondering what was around the corner was sheer bonus.

The story opens with Jerry driving his young wife Mary to the hospital in labor. On the way there things go horribly awry and we are left wondering if Mary and Jack even survive. From there we move forward seven years and things aren't good. Mary finally sees an opening to leave Jerry and she does just that, taking Jack and fleeing to safety... maybe. Along the way she discovers that Jack has a gift... of prophecy, but he can't speak. This is incredibly interesting and then suddenly the world is turned on its head and Jack is taken away from Mary. Time passes and Mary can finally go looking for Jack, but her search does not reveal what she was hoping for. Is God really watching out for her? Who can she trust? Has Mary let down her son when he had no one else?

Venture carefully into this story because you may not want to leave after meeting Mary and Jack, and I dare you not to love them and sob at the last sentence in this wonderful book.

**************************Special thanks to Elliot at Edify Media for a review copy of this book!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book (also provided by Elliot) then leave a comment telling me which of the spiritual gifts has always intrigued you the most. Be sure to leave your email address in case you are the winner - good luck!

Minneapolis, MN. With over ten million DVDs sold of the hit Love Comes Softly movie series, director Michael Landon Jr. is known for his ability to capture characters and themes on film. A feat he couldn't do without the help of his longtime screenwriting partner Cindy Kelley. Now they bring their creative teamwork to the world of books. A bittersweet story of hope in the midst of suffering, The Silent Gift follows the story of a devoted mother and her disabled son trying to survive the Great Depression-and the discovery of the boy's unusual gift. "We wanted to tell a story to illustrate that one's worth isn't dependent upon what society deems valuable, but that our intrinsic worth comes from our Creator;' said Landon Jr. and Kelley. Yet the book explores another theme-one that isn't often found in the pages of fiction. And one that the authors didn't take lightly. "The uniqueness of this story is that it focuses on a child who is both deaf and mute, but everyone believes has the gift of prophecy;' said the authors. "It was intriguing to delve into the spiritual gift of prophecy and its own unique implications." With prophecy as a hot-button issue with some denominations, Landon Jr. and Kelley wanted to give an accurate but thought-provoking portrayal of this special gift. As a result, they conducted in-depth research as well as interviewed some of the top theological minds of today. "The challenge was trying to find clarity between actual prophecy and what we typically call 'psychic' today;' they said. With research balanced by story, Landon Jr. and Kelley weave a beautiful narrative of love and enormous sacrifices that lingers long after the last page has been read.


The decade of the thirties was a time of enormous uncertainty¬ for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. But then The Gift appears...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who cannot communicate provide comfort and direction to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved son, Jack.. .. Will it be enough?

About The Authors

Michael Landon Jr., son of the Little House on the Prairie star, has been building his own reputation in the film world and beyond with his highly successful Love Comes Softly movies. His Christian worldview illuminates all his work. He and his wife make a home for their three children near Austin, Texas. Cindy Kelley and Michael have co-written fIlm scripts together for over a decade, including the screenplays for most of the beloved Love Comes Softly films. Cindy and her husband, Jim, have three children and a granddaughter and make their home in Tucson, Arizona


Anonymous said...

The gift of prophecy has always intrigued me the most. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Debbie F said...

I also love the gift of prophecy. I read a book once about a child who could heal people and the struggle they went thru deciding on whether it was their responsbility to heal or if they could keep to themselves. It was a great book. I would love to read this so count me in thanks!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Gin said...

I don't know if I'd use intriguing to describe it, but the gift of helps or service often goes unnoticed, yet can bless so many.


Stacie said...

Spiritual healing is an area that I have an avid interest in.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Kindness...this unspoken gift can bless the giver and the receiver.

karen k

Sherrylinn said...

The gift of healing is the one I've always been intrigued by.

slcremer at gmail dot com

Cherie J said...

I have always been intrigued by the gift of healing. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


pippirose said...

I'd love the chance to win a copy of this inspirational book.

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

rubynreba said...

The gift of compassion and understanding.

The Perfect Trio said...

The spiritual gift of teaching is something that I always WISH I had...

I have come to the realization that God has blessed me with other gifts...and that's ok.


LoveMy2Dogs said...

I think the gift of understanding is harder than some people realize. Some of us have problems with understanding other peoples thoughts and reasons.

I would love to win a copy of this book.


Jolene said...

The gift of word of knowledge is interesting to me, but I read this week that the real gift is the gift of love-the love that Jesus shows each of us.

Charity L. said...

The gift of teaching and helps. Please enter me. Thanks!!

Winning Readings said...

The gift of prophecy here...

Posted about this at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/silent-gift_15.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

wmmahaney said...

I would say the gift of exhortation/encouragement. I read another of Landon's books a few months ago and loved it.

Diana D said...

Artistic talent is considered a spiritual gift and I guess I fall into that category. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Julie said...

The gift of kindness and compassion towards others :)


Linda said...

I think the gift of discerning of spirits, the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom are the gifts I find most intriguing, as you know it's from God and not yourself. I've enjoyed Michael Landon Jr.s movies, but haven't read any of his books. Please enter me for the silent gift. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Jo said...

The gift of discernment fascinates me but so do all the other gifts of the Spirit.


Cheryl said...

I would love to win this book. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Deborah said...

Wow!Sounds amazing! I have watched all of the Love Comes Softly movies already as soon as they hit the shelves. I am a huge fan. And your review of this book just took me in. I will buy this even if I don't win it!
Please enter me!

Carolynn W. said...

The gift of serving. For people to keep giving of themselves even when there is nothing more to give....just overwhelming! I do try though.

Janna said...

And the winner is...



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