Thank you, Mr.Walsh, for taking the time to answer a few interview questions for us here at Book Reviews by Buuklvr81!!!
DW:Surprisingly, what I love to write are not the books I usually read (inspirational historical fiction). I will occasionally read an inspirational tale. Just finished Richard Paul Evan’s new book. Mostly though, I weave back and forth between historical novels and non-fiction history books (but here, they’ve got to be really compelling). I also love to read suspense thriller novels, like the series written by Douglass Preston and Lincoln Child. I think books like these indirectly help my writing also, because they provoke me to write in a way that make the pages turn.
BL:Do you have a favorite Christmas story or book that has particularly touched your heart?
DW:Actually, I do. I’m writing it now. But it may get bumped a year, we’ll see. Since writing The Unfinished Gift, I’ve written the sequel, called The Homecoming (due out in June). I’ve just finished a 3rd book, called The Deepest Waters. It’s not a Christmas book and begins a new storyline, set in 1857. It’s inspired by a true story about a newly-married couple who gets separated by a shipwreck on their honeymoon voyage. My publisher may want that to come out next. The timeline of novels 3 and 4 isn’t firmed up yet.
BL:Do you have a special Christmas memory that stands out as extra-special?
DW:Yes, it’s the night we set up the tree (not on Christmas Eve, usually in the first week of December). We play our favorite Christmas CD’s and drink egg nog (I have no self-control with egg nog). After the tree is completely decorated, we take out the videos of our kids at Christmastime and have the best time, remembering.
BL:When writing The Unfinished Gift,were any of the events or people based on real experiences or people in your life?
DW:Some, but it really is almost entirely fiction. Thankfully, my grandfather was nothing like Ian Collins. But he does look like him, a lot. My grandfather was a joy to visit. I couldn’t wait to see him and hated it when we had to leave. The setting of the book is in his neighborhood, that’s real. I modeled Patrick, the little boy, after my son Isaac when he was the same age. But pretty much everything else…I made up. But in some odd way, I feel like I know them well. They feel as real to me as family.
BL:Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers about your book, or are there any messages that you would like for them to take to heart when reading this novel??
DW:What do I hope readers learn from the book? I suppose it’s this: Forgive as we have been forgiven. This is one of the most powerful aspects of the gospel, but one we often fail to grasp. We are happy to receive God’s forgiveness but then find it very easy to withhold from those who’ve wronged us. The alternative to forgiving others is not complicated. We become bitter and start to pull away. As the book shows, we can stay on this path for years, growing harder, becoming more isolated and more unhappy. This is why Christ came at Christmas, to set in motion God’s redemptive plan, to reconcile us first to Himself, then to each other.
About the book:
Can a gift from the past mend a broken heart?
Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift is the engaging story of a family in need of forgiveness. With simple grace, it reminds us of the small things that affect powerful change in our hearts–a young boy’s prayers, a shoe box of love letters, and even a half-carved soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of reconciliation will touch your heart.
About the Author:
Dan Walsh is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Daytona Beach, Florida, a church he helped found 23 years ago. He is the author of The Unfinished Gift and lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area.
Powerful. Amazing. Fantastic. That is how I would describe this book. This book is packed full of lessons to be learned, but the most important lesson that I, myself, learned was this:the power of FORGIVENESS. God certainly used Dan Walsh’s hands to let this lesson flow. I felt Him through the whole book. From the first heartfelt prayer little Patrick said to the very last chapter, you can feel God. It WILL make you cry. It will also make you smile and laugh a bit. But more importantly it will make you stop and think about the true meaning of forgiveness and God’s path for your life.
I wouldn’t normally have purchased this book if I saw it in a store as I have never read or heard of Dan Walsh before( I generally buy books by authors I have already read). But, now that I have read The Unfinished Gift, I will keep on my bookshelf and buy the other books that Mr. Walsh mentioned in his above interview and add them to my collection, too! He is truly talented!
Five stars and two thumbs up! Well done, Mr. Walsh!
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**This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group**