Mary’s Christmas Gift is a sensitively written, heart-warming novella about a young, single woman, Mary
Chapman, who is nine months pregnant. Mary is understandably depressed about the choices she has made in life, but
even so, retains a strong connection to God.
Mary has three special friends who support her: Jill, a co-worker at Midwest Milling, and Pastor Don and his
wife, who support Mary’s decision to give her child up for adoption, though understandably that decision is a
difficult one, especially with Christmas a short time away.
When Elizabeth McAllister, Mary’s boss, makes unreasonable demands regarding a report, Mary reveals her innate
compassionate nature. Mary knows Elizabeth has heavy job responsibilities. What’s worse, Elizabeth and her husband
are unable to have children and yet she sees Mary daily, and Mary is nine months pregnant.
One day, Mary pauses before a shop, staring at a small village scene that reminds her of her hometown and the
ex-boyfriend she argued with when she left to start her career. One look at her reflection and Mary feels remorse.
Then Jill arrives by car. One the way to work, they have a terrible accident...
Yet God has a way of standing by those He loves, and Mary’s true Christmas gift is just a heartbeat away.
Mary’s Christmas Gift is a poignant, wonderful story of faith. The author, Jack Zavala, reveals the
heart and soul of his characters, and adds just the right amount of surprise to make his story one that will touch
everyone’s heart. It certainly touched mine, and brought tears and joy to my heart. Mary’s Christmas Gift is
an absolute delight: a true gift to be shared not just at Christmas, but the whole year through.