A Christmas Gift for Rose, written by Tricia Goyer, is an uplifting story for the Christmas season. (Amazon lists Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2013, as the publisher of the hardcover version.  Zondervan which is now connected to Thomas Nelson is listed as the publisher on the title page.) Suited for women ages 14-30, the story takes place in Berlin, Ohio.

Rose Yoder is Amish through and through. She loves her family and surroundings. As the book begins, she is upset because her boyfriend, Jonathan has just returned from being a medic in Europe during World War II.

Rose refuses to see him, feeling that he has betrayed all of them when he left for the war. She still cares for him, but doesn’t think he will be able to be content where he is, now that he has seen so much of the world outside of the Amish culture. He wants a chance to talk to her, but she keeps putting him off.

About a week later, Rose has a disturbing dream. Her mother goes to comfort her. The dream is a recurring one in which Rose searches in a house, going from room to room looking for people who have left her. Her mother decides to tell her something important that has not been shared with Rose.

Rose came from a poor family, struggling to live during the Great Depression. When she was very young, she would often come to the Yoder’s house to eat and to play. One day, when the Yoder’s son took Rose home, he discovered her family had left with no forwarding address. All they left was a wrapped package to be given to Rose when she was older. This news is a shock to Rose, who realizes that after persecuting Jonathan for interacting with Englisch folks, she herself is Englisch and not born Amish as she had assumed.

Rose has a deep desire to find her birth family. Her mother tells her to open the package they left. Inside, Rose finds an apron, decorated with roses. On the back, she finds the names of her family members, including the name of a little sister who had died.

Rose decides to begin seeing Jonathan again, but he feels that she will never be content until she finds some answers about her birth family. He leaves, but doesn’t tell her why.

Close to Christmas, Rose meets Curtis Williams who works at the grocery store. She discovers that he is her brother. She speaks with him and finds out her three other brothers, Timothy, Bobby and Rodney, have lost touch with Curtis. He doesn’t know where they are. She also learns that her birth parents have died.

Jonathan comes home just in time for Christmas with a heart-warming surprise gift for Rose.

A Christmas Gift for Rose has an encouraging and happy ending.  Rose realizes God has been looking out for her all this time. He brought her to the Yoder family at a time when they needed her just as much as she needed them. She realizes she can commit her life to the people around her regardless of her original roots.

This story has many great lessons. Most importantly, it shows that we have been adopted into the body of Christ and belong to him because He paid the price and loved us enough to sacrifice everything. I know this book will bless you and bring a new appreciation into your life for God’s gifts to you.

Patsy Ledbetter says she has many titles, but her favorite is being mom to her five children. Her two daughters, two sons and one son-in-law are her joy. A teacher with forty years experience Patsy has taught children of all ages and also special needs children and adults. She writes occasionally for a local newspaper and performs in church theater productions on a regular basis. Her husband is the church choir and orchestra director. They have been married for 32 years. She says, “It is my desire to bring honor and glory to my Lord Jesus in every area where He has allowed me to minister.”