Author: Melody Carlson
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
The Christmas Angel Project shows us what the holidays are all about and how angels are all among us.
Book clubs are a nice way to make friends. But when one friend is the glue that holds the rest together, it is hard to stay organized if something happens to that one friend. When Abby, the leader of a club of five women, dies the rest of the group doesn’t know if they want to continue the club. It is right before Christmas and they feel the need to stay together a little longer to honor Abby’s memory. Abby had prepared gift bags for each member of the group and after she passes her husband hands them out. Inside is a small angel ornament specific for each person. It is almost as if she knew she were fixing to die and wanted to leave something for her friends to keep them going. They decide the best way to honor Abby, who was a sort of guardian angel to each of them, is to become angels to those around them. They each use their own unique talents to help others and find that in the process they become blessed themselves.
Melody Carlson puts a delightful spin on the holiday story of helping others to spread the Christmas cheer. The Christmas Angel Project is the type of story that can be read at any time of year to help us remember that sometimes the best way to help ourselves feel better is to do something for someone else. One of the characters is on the verge of depression, but after she works on her Angel project she finds that she no longer feels depressed. By helping others she has inadvertently helped herself out of the lousy mood she has been in for a very long time. That is a take away we can all use at any time of the year, not just Christmas. There are a lot of characters to follow at times for such a short book but they all come together at the end to bring the story to a pleasant close. It is a sweet book that should be read and used as an example on leading a life that will help you to feel like an angel on earth for at least a short while. You never know who you might be the angel for. I recommend this for all to read especially around the holidays.