The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh

by | Nov 30, 2009 | Fiction Book Reviews | 1 comment

Can a gift from the past mend a broken heart?

Ian Collins is an old man without his son. Patrick Collins is a young boy without his father. On his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather’s house. And he wants the dusty wooden soldier in Grandfather’s attic–the one he is forbidden to touch.

Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift is the engaging story of a family in need of forgiveness. With simple grace, it reminds us of the small things that affect powerful change in our hearts–a young boy’s prayers, a shoe box of love letters, and even a half-carved soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of reconciliation will touch your heart.

Available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Get ready for a beautifully crafted story of hope, second chances, and forgiveness. I almost cried three times in the first two chapters.

Dan Walsh takes the reader on a story about an embittered old man who has lost sight of true love and of a lonely seven-year old boy who is trying to find hope in the middle of his sorrow. Both characters a beautifully crafted and draw you into the struggles within each of their hearts to try and make sense of hurt in their lives.

The tenderness and transformation of Ian Collins is beautiful, but it takes hitting rock bottom to bring him to the end of himself and his own prejudices. As with any of us, the only true healing and hope comes from the truth of God’s love, and what a better example than in the story of Christmas. God gave us a ‘finished’ gift in sending his son to the world to rescue those who were lost, lonely, embittered, and looking for hope. A beautiful story.

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  1. David A. Bedford

    Based on your beautiful review, I think some of your readers may like my new release, Angela 1: Starting Over. To learn more about it, just click on my name and follow the link to my website. I also invite you to read my blog at Thanks!


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