The touching sequel to the beloved novel A Dog Named Christmas.
On Sunday, November 29, 2009, more than 12.5 million families fell in love with the television adaptation of the novel A Dog Named Christmas. Within forty-eight hours after the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie aired, the initial run of twenty thousand DVDs sold out. Two years later, when Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to the McCray family stories, was released, it was described by Dean Koontz as “a perfect Christmas read,” by A. J. Jacobs as “lovely and poignant,” and by Publishers Weekly as “cute, hopeful, and heartwarming.” Now, the much-anticipated third installment, A Christmas Home, will prove to be yet another holiday classic.
Watching their children move out and live independently is a difficult task for many parents—but for George and Mary Ann McCray, it’s nearly impossible. Even though Todd, their disabled son, is in his twenties, George and Mary Ann fear that he cannot thrive without their support and supervision. But Todd is determined to be his own person—and he has a dog named Christmas and an entire community ready to help him find his way.
Greg Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas, is a practicing lawyer specializing in divorce and family-law mediation. The father of five children, he lives on a farm in eastern Kansas with his wife and two dogs.
©2012 Greg Kincaid (P)2012 Blackstone Audio
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This third book about the McCray family at Christmas time hit me hardest, I think, because as a mother, letting grown children go is really difficult . . . especially when they hurt or face obstacles. George is so level-headed when it comes to Todd making his own choices and mistakes. Mary Ann, like most mothers, has those invisible heart strings tied to Todd that keep her up at night and overwhelm her when she senses anything out of the ordinary with her son. Todd is mentally challenged, but he has a special gift with training dogs. When the town's animal shelter faces cutbacks due to the economy, no one knows what will happen to Todd's job there. Greg Kincaid's books are wonderful stories of not only dogs, but of families, community, and of people meeting the challenges of life together.
This is the third installment in some innovative books about dogs, human passion and determination , and the Christmas season. Todd is now a young man working in the town's animal shelter. Though he is 'book slow', he definitely has a way with animals. His job at the shelter has caused these talents to blossom into training dogs to met human needs.
Todd has met Laura, whose arthritis has been less bothersome since she got her dog, Gracie. The nursing home is more joyful for it's inhabitants with pet visits. Then the bad news---the shelter must close from lack of funds. What will happen to all the homeless pets? Can Todd find another satisfying job?
This book has creative and heart warming happy endings. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, you'll be 'blessed if you read them before finishing with this one!! CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER and A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS are the first two books. Though A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS has been made into a wonderful Hallmark movie, as with most all books, the book is even better!!! Great books to share with your kids too!!
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
The third in a great Christmas series. Wonderful characters who are like old friends. Faith, hope and kindness make these some of my favorite Christmas reads. Great and inspirational for all ages. Narrative is excellent.
I would definitely listen to this again. I love the plot and characters, and the narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing characters' voices and making them come alive.
There are two books to which I would compare this: A DOG'S JOURNEY and A DOG'S PURPOSE by Bruce Cameron. Although the stories in these books are told from the point of view of the dog, they're still comparable to A CHRISTMAS HOME because they are all about how dogs can change lives for the better.
My favorite scene was close to the end of the book when Tod announces to family and friends during a Christmas brunch that he has found a job in another city. He proves to his parents that despite his developmental disability, he can find a job and make his own way in the world.
I can't think of a better name for this book. Christmas is the name of Tod's dog who helps him realize his potential as a dog trainer. Most of the story takes place during the holiday season, and at the end of the book, Tod makes the ultimate sacrifice by leaving Christmas with his parents when he moves away to his new job, making his parents' farm a true Christmas home.
This book is about how dogs can help people with disabilities. For six years, I cared for my totally blind husband who was partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I considered getting him a service dog but didn't want the added responsibility of caring for an animal, too. Now that my husband is gone, I wish I had at least looked into it. I might have found someone like Todd to train the dog to do things for my husband that he couldn't do himself. It might have actually made my life easier and his life more fulfilling. I hope others who read this book will consider getting a service dog for themselves or for loved ones who need help.
This is one of the best stories that I have ever read.
This is a great story that could be used to teach children about people who are physically or mentally challenged.
Each character really came to life with the inflections of the narrator.
A Heartfelt Movie for the Whole Family - this would be a great movie for the Hallmark Channel!!!
I like listening to Christmas stuff at Christmas. In that regard, it satisfied a need last December. The best ones I listen to again another Christmas. This one won't make that list.
Yes, however I would make sure to let them know that this is the 2nd book in a series
Yes. Not only is it a heartwarming, touching story, but also it teaches us in a very effective way not to judge others based on appearance.
When Todd and Laura went to the service dog training facility to apply for a job without telling Todd's parents. Another lesson in not assuming the worst no matter what the evidence seems to present.
He does a great job of re-creating the voice of the autistic Todd which would be very hard to get effectively just by reading the book.
When Todd makes the decision to leave home to pursue his dream despite the odds against him.
This is so much more than just a story about dogs. This story is a great lesson in how we should all treat each other so that all of us can achieve our purpose in life.
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