by Gilbert Morris
Broadman & Holman, 2005
Ben Raines is a seasoned hard-nosed reporter who needs a vacation. His plans to spend Christmas, a holiday he spurns, is thwarted when his editor assigns him the task of writing the newspaper's annual front-page Christmas article.
Ben decides to do an anti-It's a Wonderful Life tale by finding the men who served in his father's unit during the Second World War. Willy Raines was wounded while saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and Ben wants to show that their lives were not worth saving, that one person's actions don't make a difference.
Of course, Ben finds something entirely different as he goes on his journey of discovery. And in doing so, he finds new hope, direction, and fulfillment in living.
An emotionally satisfying story in the tradition of It's A Wonderful Life and Skipping Christmas (by Grisham).