Christmas Past

An Angel's Story

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
57 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2017
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Author Biography

Ron Shaw is an Atlanta, Georgia native who currently resides in metro Atlanta with his wife and their daughter. In1974, he graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. degree in English Literature.
In 1996, he retired from the Atlanta Police Department with the rank of Captain.
With SEVEN FISH TREE, Ron began his writing career in 2013. Since that date, he has authored other novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, and poetry. As his published works indicate, he enjoys writing in a wide variety of genres like romance, horror, humor, travel, young adult, coming of age, science fiction, paranormal, erotica, visionary and metaphysical, and others.
The overwhelming majority of this story is true. It happened to me and my family. I was inspired to tell the story in an effort to help others who may be going through difficult times in their lives whether children or adults. I wanted it to be an inspiration, promoting love, faith, kindness, and the power of prayer.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I am a Christian. I was born and raised as one. But my faith sometimes needs a strong shot in the arm. Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story by Ron Shaw gave me one today. It is June. We are a long way from Christmas, but I think this boost will last me at least until the Christmas season arrives. Then I will read the story again. I hate to compare anything to the Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, but this story comes pretty close. One of the things I like about it is that it is told by an angel. I tried to remember if I had read any story told from the point of view of an angel and I couldn’t think of any…except ones told by Lucifer. And that’s not the angel I had in mind.

The angel in Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story does not steal the show. I like that. This is first and foremost a story about family. A modern family. A family falling apart. A family that really needs help. A family like this has the potential for a great Christmas story and Ron Shaw delivers on that potential. The characters are so real that I feel I know them. Some of them I have met before. Ron Shaw does characters almost painfully well. The plot is real too. I have seen families in this kind of situation. Thank God it wasn’t my family. Even if you are a Scrooge at heart, trust me, you will love this tale.