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One Imperfect Christmas

By Myra Johnson


Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she's allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves-most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she's one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom.

Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit's end. Nothing he's done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa's adolescent rebellion isn't helping matters. As Daniel's hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.

Book Takeaway:

I hope readers will gain an even deeper appreciation for their families, for the power of forgiveness, and for God's limitless grace.


Year Title Description
2008 Winter Rose Award for unpublished ms. 1st place, Mainstream with Romantic Elements

Why the author wrote this book:

The idea first started percolating several years ago after watching a spate of sappy Christmas movies on TV. I wanted to write something with a little more depth and faith. I imagined , a couple ready to celebrate their fiftieth Christmas together . . . but what if tragedy intervened? How would the various family members cope? Where would they find the strength to go on?


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