Holiday Reading: Snow Day

Author: Billy Coffey

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.

Merry Christmas.

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.)

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7 Responses to Holiday Reading: Snow Day

  1. On the one hand I love the anecdote about the old man, but on the other it bothers me that they left the car door open!!!

  2. A devotional feel is perfect for this time of year.

  3. Martha says:

    This sounds like just the kind of book I need right now.

  4. Just reading your review puts me in the Christmas spirit! Have you included Christmas books that you will give or read to your granddaughters in your Holiday challenge?

  5. katdish says:

    This was a great review, and the story you shared is one of my favorites as well.

  6. Staci says:

    This one sounds absolutely delightful!! I love the idea of surprising the little boy and the family. We need more of that in the world….not more buying just to buy, but the pure joy of giving to others!! 😀

  7. Tami says:

    I got that same “devotional” feeling from this book – also in a good way. Good review.

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