Guest Post: Diane Estrella – Carving Angels

I’m so happy to have Diane Estrella with me today. Diane is what one might call a “Blogger Extraordinaire.” Her blog, That’s What I’m Here For, is a great place to find good writing, interviews, book reviews, and a whole array of small business spotlights. She is also a sought after speaker at writing conferences.

So, naturally I was delighted when she agreed to add my collection of Christmas novel reviews. Diane is adding to our mix of genres the young adult novel Carving Angels.


About the Book

Papa Adam, the North Pole’s oldest elf and Santa’s former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die. But a challenge to carve, given by his youngest granddaughter, reawakens Papa Adam. Together they prove that the most paralyzing thing you can do is underestimate or undervalue anyone, especially yourself. With the right love and encouragement, anything is possible.

My Review

I was lucky enough to win this book from a blog giveaway and am so thankful that I did.

The thoughts portrayed in this book had me in tears of appreciation. Never give up in life, because we all have a higher purpose regardless of our age or condition. As imperfect as we are, we still have a calling that only we will be able to accomplish.

I read this story with my 9 and 11 year olds and we all enjoyed it. The book contained ten small chapters so we read one a day together. We also went over the discussion questions at the back of the book, and being that my kids are home-schooled, it was a fun literature assignment to incorporate.

This is a story not only perfect for the Christmas season, but contains a lesson that is essential and needed all year long. We are all valuable and useful from smallest to oldest, from birth until death.


Thanks again to Diane for dropping by! Check out her blog and Face Book page for more information. Have I mentioned she regularly holds giveaways? ;)

P.S. If you get a chance, check out my new Christmas novel, The Father Christmas Confessions: A Christmas Comedy. Just .99 cents on Amazon. Click here.

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