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Unwrapping Christmas by Lori Copeland

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...a poignant, thought-provoking story about slowing down and seeing what's truly important in life."

In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, can one woman discover what’s really important?

With a family to care for, a workaholic husband, and all her volunteer duties at church and other organizations, Beth doesn’t know how she’ll find time to squeeze in the Christmas shopping and holiday preparations. Where can she cut back to gain some extra time? Her volunteer jobs are important and help others less fortunate, but her family has pressing needs too. As Christmas draws near and close friends encounter problems, Beth feels herself stretched so thin she’s afraid she’ll crack in two. Her husband challenges her to cut back on volunteering because her family needs her, but he just doesn’t understand how important it is to her to help others. Isn’t that what God expects of her?

With Christmas quickly approaching, Beth tries to be there for everyone, but things at home are falling apart, and she feels guilty for not comforting her friends, who are going through difficult times. When Beth is sidelined, will everything fall apart? Or will Beth learn that she can lean on others and doesn’t have to do everything herself?

Unwrapping Christmas by popular fiction author, Lori Copeland, is a poignant, thought-provoking story about slowing down and seeing what’s truly important in life. With the holiday season quickly approaching, harried moms and busy working women will wonder how to squeeze in their Christmas shopping and holiday preparations. Ms. Copeland challenges readers to step back and relax and refocus on God and family. Beth’s story illustrates how easily it is to get so involved in good works that we overlook the really important things like family dinners, spending time with a child or spouse, and quiet times with God. Unwrapping Christmas is an inspiring novella that everyone should read before the hectic holiday season arrives.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.