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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
The Williams family was planning a special occasion. Their daughter Bella was about to turn 16 and plans were in place for a party. A knock on the door changed their world forever. Bill Williams would not be returning home from the Middle East as his life had been brutally cut short in a London airport bathroom. One phone call had changed their future forever. Bill couldn’t wait to tell his wife about the gift he had discovered for his daughter’s birthday in a flea market. He described it priceless and life-changing and that sentence sealed his fate. The Gift by Betty Collier is the story of how Bella and her mother deal with his murder and the aftermath of losing their beloved Bill.
This is an incredibly thought-provoking read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The central theme is one of loss, but I came away from the book with such a sense of hope. Christian faith and belief mean different things to different people, but Betty Collier has described how belief and faith can be a comfort in times of need. The gift Bill discovered would allow his daughter to follow her dream of becoming a missionary in faraway lands. Spreading the word of God is an important part of the Williams' family ethic and this gift is part of that message. I found the book uplifting and inspiring, a tale of hope in an increasingly violent world, and enjoyed the explanatory afterword written by Terry Gurley and found it informative.