Turning The Can’ts Into Cans
Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols is the most delightful heart-warming Christian tale that will ignite a flame in every heart. It is a tale about “a man whose heart pumps goodness” and a little girl whose heart explodes with care and compassion.
The novel shows that age is no barrier to friendship nor is gender or disability. The lead characters use sign language as one is deaf, and also in a wheelchair but lives life to the full as he quietly makes a difference in the lives of others.
Loss of hearing does not mean that a song cannot be felt. Songs can be enjoyed using other senses.
The novel is told in the first person enabling the reader to experience the tale through the eyes of a child. This reminds the reader that the world can be approached with a child-like faith and wonder. This delightful child is wise beyond her years and full of compassion for the world around her.
The novel shows that where there are needs, they are met, quietly and secretly. This reminds the reader of Jesus’ words to do our good deeds in secret so that only our heavenly Father sees what we do.
Eleven year old Julia is a real live wire. She is open, caring and very knowledgeable. I really loved her. I loved that she noticed the world about her and set out to make it a better place.
People fear the different. Ignorance and fear may motivate actions for evil. We need to be open and kind to all those who are journeying through life.
Faith is important. “Grancie prayed like God was right there in the front seat.” God walks beside us through life. We should live our lives with this in mind.
Christmas is a season of goodwill where hearts and minds can be changed.
I adore Phyllis Clark Nichols writings. She always leaves me smiling and wanting more. Her stories are not just warm, fuzzy tales but have life lessons for us all to learn as faith is lived out. We see love in action.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house…Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights—and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr.Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.
About the author: Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before.With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane,she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health-and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith,joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.