Book Review: Sam’s Christmas Wish by George D. Durrant

Sam's christmas wish
Sam’s Christmas Wish by George D. Durrant

“We don’t need no charity,” insists Big Sam Edwards. It’s bad enough to have lost his job a few weeks before Christmas; the thought of “do-gooders” meddling in his business is more than he can bear. “I’ll be watching if anybody comes around trying to leave anything at the door!” he warns.

But the mystery of a pile of gifts left anonymously, without any tracks in the snow, works a change in Sam’s heart. The spirit of Christmas fills his home with joy.

Over the years, Sam becomes one of the most generous men in town. Yet his fondest wish goes unrealized: “I wish I could do something good and do it in secret so nobody would ever know.”

And then one Christmas, he gets his chance—his secret act is even more gratifying than he ever could have imagined.


I love Christmas stories like this one. Sam is a hardened, bitter man but a Christmas act of service transforms him into someone special.

This one had me in tears and made me think about a few things I can do to serve others this year.

Both the illustration and the text make this a great read aloud Christmas story.

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it.

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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