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Book: The Seed of Faith: A Christmas Miracle
Author: Daniel Petronelli
Illustrator: Emily Pritchett
Publisher: Walnut Ridge Publishing Company, 2021)
ISBN-13: 978-1737485513 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1737485516 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1737485506 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1737485508 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Suitable for everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: General youth fiction
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Petronelli, Daniel. The Seed of Faith: A Christmas Miracle Hardcover – October 26,
(Published in 2021 by Walnut Ridge Publishing Company, P. O. Box 25, West Bridgewater, MA 02379). A father tells a story to his young daughter that had taken place forty years before. On Christmas Eve, the small mountain village of Shiloh is suffering from a severe drought. In addition to not having water for their crops and livestock, the people have no Christmas trees. However, a town on the other side of the mountain, Reidsville, has plenty of water and Christmas trees, but the selfish mayor refuses to allow anyone to share with Shiloh. Two groups of young boys, one from Shiloh and the other from Reidsville, one of the latter the mayor’s son, independently hatch secret plans to climb over the mountain and see that Shiloh has a beautiful, living Christmas tree.
Unfortunately, what the boys do not know is that a fearsome blizzard is on its way. Can they survive the snowstorm? Does Shiloh ever get a Christmas tree? And what will Mayor Reid of Reidsville have to say about his own son’s involvement in the plot? This parable of faith vividly illustrates the importance of having courage in the most challenging moments in life and knowing that God is by one’s side. The book was a winner in the 2021 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, receiving a Gold in the category of Religion/Spirituality. It certainly deserves the honor and may well become an enduring Christmas classic.