Prayers of a Stranger by Davis Bunn is subtitled A Christmas Journey. While the story does take place in December, its message of healing makes it appropriate for any time of the year.
Amanda Vance is the personal assistant to the director of a major Florida hospital. She is a former nurse who took the assistant position after a personal tragedy. Her neighbors, Emily and Frank, are looking forward to a trip to Israel, but when Frank is unable to travel, Emily invites Amanda to take his place. Frank volunteers at Amanda’s hospital, but she has never really gotten past being an acquaintance with Emily.
Their first few days in the Holy Land are a whirlwind, and when they stop to catch their breath, each has a personal pain that is revealed. In Amanda’s case, the kindness and prayers of a stranger lead to her healing, while Emily finds healing closer to home.
This is an engrossing, heartwarming story that grips you and won’t let go. It would be a great read after a hectic day of Christmas shopping.
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