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The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson


Title:  The Christmas Joy Ride
Author:  Melody Carlson
Pages:  176
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 4 stars.
The setting of the story begins in Chicago right before Christmas.  A wonderful 86-year-old lady named Joy wants to spread Christmas joy along route 66.  Miranda, a young divorcee just returning from visiting her sister, sees Joy packing all these large tubs with names on them.  Soon, before Miranda knows what hit her, she joins Joy on the ride, learning to drive an RV.  Hopefully, Joy will see life come into Miranda’s eyes again.  You see Miranda has no members of her family living close by, Joy is moving, the house is in foreclosure and Miranda has no job.
The novel then leads readers on a heartfelt journey into some of the lives of various people who connected with Joy via her website.  Throughout the tale readers are reminded of ways to share joy with others and not to be as self-absorbed as society tends to live life.  I loved this elderly character and her heart to take one last trip before entering an assisted living facility near where her two grown sons live.
Joy is a character whose actions challenge us to think outside the box in creative ways in giving away some much of what we have been blessed to own.  Above all, the greatest gift Joy gives is of her time, energy and looking for those who need to be reached by listening to their stories with a heart of love.  Lastly, though Joy’s plans didn’t quite go the way she had planned, she trusted the Lord to do that which would glorify Him as well as touch many people’s hearts and lives.
This is a very heartwarming story that I hope you will read and share with others.

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