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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.