A Baxter Family Christmas

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, Co-president of ECLA and long time book discussion leader



Title: A Baxter Family Christmas

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Publisher: Howard Books

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Hardcover

Length: 246 pages


The Baxter family is celebrating Christmas. Even if you have not read any of the previous Baxter Family books by Kingsbury, this story is a stand alone.

In a bold action, John Baxter invites a special guest to their Christmas celebration, the woman who received his daughter Erin’s heart after Erin’s death. How will the rest of the family receive this person who may be perceived as unwelcome by some. How will Kendra, the recipient, feel among this family who has given so much for her to have life. Could it have a healing effect on her and maybe even her marriage or will it be a fiasco?

Other characters are in the midst of their own dramas but all comes together in a beautiful way at this sacred time of year.  The story is very touching and certainly a tear jerker. It is very sweet and very typical Karen Kingsbury.



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Suggested Audience

Fans of Karen Kingsbury and fans of Christian fiction in general will enjoy this book, particularly those who have read other Baxter Family books.

Christian Impact

Even in great loss, there are blessings and signs of God’s love and care. This comes across so clearly in A Baxter Family Christmas.

Other Notes

A Baxter Family Christmas contains many extras:

-a listing of other fiction by the author
-personal notes to each of Karen Kingsbury’s children
-The Baxter Family: yesterday and today (a little background)
-a letter to the reader from Karen Kingsbury
-The Question game
-Baxter family Thanksgiving dinner menu
-Baxter family Thanksgiving timetable
-Baxter family Thanksgiving recipes
-One Chance Foundation information

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A Baxter Family Christmas

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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