Friday, December 12, 2014

Book review ~ "The Christmas Code" by Ed J Pinegar

The Christmas Code by Ed J Pinegar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Christmas

Book Description:  Mr. G has made plenty of mistakes. Now, in the twilight of his life, he’s a man with a mission: to assuage his uneasy conscience by filling the world with goodness, love, and charity through small acts of kindness. And what better time to spread his Christian message of hope than during the Christmas season? It’s just a few days before Christmas, and Mr. G has created a series of coded messages, words of encouragement he hopes those around him will decipher and live by. Little does he realize that these messages, along with his small acts of service, will set off a chain reaction of positive effects in the lives of five strangers. The resulting events come full circle for Mr. G, culminating in the poignant resolution of the most painful regret of his past. 

My thoughts: Mr G is a humble man who has set his feet on the path of personal redemption. He is trying to help others by sharing a message of hope. He wants to help them, he desires to have them not make mistakes that can  forever haunt them, like the one that he made several years ago.

He creates a code, giving others a message that they need to decipher. He hopes that it will help out friends and neighbors, making a brighter future for themselves. His message at Christmas sets off a chain reaction that forever alters the lives of people around him.

I enjoyed the story of helping others. It was amazing to see how one good deed grows and helps other people. One act of kindness can make a difference and change a life.

This is a wonderful story centering around the holiday season. Really, it would be a great story at any time of the year. I love how Christmas is a season of giving and this book is a great reminder.

About the Author:  Ed Pinegar is a retired dentist and long-time teacher of early-morning seminary and religion classes at Brigham Young University. He currently teaches at the Joseph Smith Academy in Nauvoo and has served as a mission president in England and at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He has been a bishop and a stake president and is a temple sealer. Ed and his wife, Patricia, have eight children, thirty-five grandchildren, and five great- grandchildren.

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