Friday, November 14, 2014

The Gift

We all have a finite number of days to live our lives before skipping off into the light, but what if you could be given more time? What would you do with it? Would you waste it doing the same old things you’ve always done, or would you make a change? Novelist Cecelia Ahern (of PS, I Love You fame) tackles these questions and more in her heartfelt Christmas fable, The Gift. We’re introduced to philandering executive Lou Suffern, a man who always seems to have two places to be in at the same time. Lou is so dedicated to succeeding at his job that he routinely neglects those who love him the most: his wife, children, parents, and siblings. Neither the cold weather nor the approach of Christmas can slow him down (not when there’s a big promotion at stake), but one morning he meets a homeless stranger who stops him right in his tracks: Gabriel, or Gabe. Thinking that he’s doing both himself and Gabe a favor, Lou hires Gabe to work in the company mailroom, but the plan backfires. Gabe seems to know more about Lou than he should, and he has an uncanny knack of popping up when least expected. In fact, every time Lou turns around, there’s Gabe giving him unwanted advice about his inability—or unwillingness—to give his family the same amount of attention that he gives his job. It’s enough to drive Lou insane, but when Gabe offers him a magical gift of unparalleled value, Lou finally begins to see the error of his ways. Ultimately, this is a story about a good person who’s lost sight of himself and what’s important in life over the years, and how, with a little bit of faith, he finds himself again before his time runs out. If you love Christmas stories, you should definitely give this one a try! 

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