Publisher: FaithWords (Hatchette Book Group), 2010
Genre: Christian Fiction
Format: Review Copy
Source: The Publisher
My Rating: B+
Peter Boyd is a husband and a father of two young children. He works in a factory and his wife is a schoolteacher. They own a nice home and have money in the bank. It looks like everything is going just fine.
But Pete is worried. Nothing is official, but there are wild rumors about the factory laying off people, including Pete. As Pete says, “I’m trying so hard to believe and trust, but I’m not sure how much longer I can hang on.”
And then, Pete wakes up one morning to discover a rare snowfall in his small Virginia town. He knows his wife and children will be home from school, so Pete decides to take an emergency vacation day – a snow day.
Pete’s wife sends him to the store to stock up on the proverbial bread and milk and to do a few other errands. These activities cause Pete to evaluate his life, his failed dreams and his relationship with God.
Pete is the narrator as he goes from person to person on his round of errands. Each encounter affords Pete a chance to learn something about himself and his faith.
Pete meets with so many people and there are lots of messages in this story. Let me just tell you one I liked a lot. Pete was in the parking lot prior to going into the Super Mart. He observed a poor family with a little boy and an older gray-haired man follow them in.
Inside the store he saw the gray-haired man snooping around and watching the little boy. Thinking the man may want to cause harm to the little boy, Pete is ready to step in.
After the little boy’s parents tell him Santa probably can’t bring him a certain toy he wants, the gray-haired man goes back later and buys the toy. The gray-haired man put the toy in the back seat of the family’s car before they came out and went back to his car to watch.
As the parents are putting their groceries in the trunk the little boy squeals with excitement as he discovers the toy. He is convince that Santa left it for him after all. The parents are shocked and befuddled, but happy in the excitement of their son. They discover a note attached to the toy and later Pete learns what it said.
“God gave to me, and now I give to you.
Pass it on.”
I liked Pete and the people he met during this unexpected snow day. I read it off and on over the course of a week. Most of the twenty chapters had the feel of a devotional set in a story. I mean that in a very good way – there was no preaching here.
Although it wasn’t necessarily meant to be a Christmas story, with the the setting just before Christmas and the messages in the book, it fit. I’m counting Snow Day as Book #4 in The Christmas Spirit Challenge.
Check you local library for Snow Day. It’s also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)