The Shoe Box

Children - Christian
189 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2020
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Author Biography

I am new and upcoming Christian author of The Shoe Box. Currently I holds a degree in Sociology and am working towards a teaching certificate in elementary education. Teaching and writing are my passions, and I hope to truly make a difference in the world doing both.
The one thing that inspired me to write this book is growing up, I had some friends lose a parent. It was sad seeing how this life altering tragedy changed them forever.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Shoe Box is a work of fiction in the personal drama, emotional fiction, and Christian-themed sub-genres, and was penned by author Robert M. Moores. A touching drama that tackles its sensitive subject matter very well, this is a story in which a young girl deals with the tragedy and trauma of losing her father when she was four years old. Trapped between her past and her future, we follow Violet closely through her emotional journey to the discovery of the titular shoe box in the attic. Upon discovering its contents, her life begins to change and starts to progress forward again as she learns things.

Author Robert M. Moores has crafted a beautiful and emotionally intelligent work that deals with grief and loss in a caring fashion. One of the things which most impressed me about this story was its commitment to character and close narrative style, which not only gives us an accurate portrayal of the thoughts and feelings of the young heroine, but also a highly relatable account of how trauma and loss can haunt us from our youth. The plot's events revolve around this central theme, and the dialogue develops as the novel progresses into a relevant and uplifting conversation about how we can help and uplift one another during times of crisis. Overall, I would highly recommend The Shoe Box to readers of dramatic fiction, family saga works, and those who may need some hope themselves during a difficult stage of their lives.

Kristy Volchko

The Shoe Box by Robert M. Moores is a touching story about a young girl named Violet and her family dealing with the loss of her dear father at such a young age. Father’s Day is here again (the day Violet dreads the most since her father’s death four years before) and if that wasn’t bad enough, the daddy-daughter dance is happening at school. As the day goes on, Violet does her best to cope with the overwhelming angst that seems to be building and building with each passing minute. All she wants is to be alone with her grieving and despair. Finally, her feelings become too much to bear and she breaks. It’s clear to everyone around her, except Violet, that God is just who she needs to help her through all of this suffering but how can she trust what Mrs. Turner had said about time and patience? Could that be true? Suddenly, Violet remembers her dream she had about a shoe box and that turns everything around. Could such a seemingly small thing have an impact on her life? What is the purpose of the box and could it truly be a new beginning?

The Shoe Box by Robert M. Moores is a wonderfully-written, heartwarming story that had me wanting to give sweet, grieving Violet a big hug. What a tender age to be dealing with such a loss. I absolutely love the way the shoe box was introduced and the story afterward. Moores writes authentic, likable characters with plenty of valuable life lessons on everything from grief, God, faith, hope, healing, and gratitude. This really is a lovely story and I enjoyed reading it very much. Five stars.

Debjeet Mukherjee

The Shoe Box by Robert M. Moores is a Christian story based on an eight-year-old little girl named Violet Cooper who loses faith in God after the unfortunate demise of her dad four years earlier. She gets stuck between her grief and guilt as she partly blames herself for this mishap. It is during her most difficult times that Violet finds support from her class teacher, the school psychiatrist, a newfound friend, and her mom, despite being adamant not to cooperate with anyone at the beginning. However, one day, a shoebox found in her attic changes everything as Violet embarks on a miraculous journey of a lifetime with her dad during his youth and teenage days.

Robert M. Moores has woven a wonderful tale that is heartwarming to read. It reassures our faith in God and teaches you some valuable lessons on life as a whole. I liked how the author has included many biblical tales full of wisdom in the pages, enlivening the character development of the protagonist. The Shoe Box is a reassurance of the good in mankind, reiterating the fact that there are many good people in our lives who are willing to help us during times of despair. They act as messengers of God while we come to terms with what has happened and work towards rebuilding what is to come. The plethora of emotions displayed in the plot is commendable as Moores has touched upon the intricacies present in human relations while also highlighting the greater relationship one shares with God.