Book Review: A Gift for Gracelyn by A.E. Smith

Book Review: A Gift for Gracelyn

By A. E. Smith

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.. Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whosoever receiveth this little child in my name receiveth me. .(Matthew 18:2-5).


    Gracelyn is a young girl who lives on a small ranch called Eagle Wings with her family and animal friends. She has to go to a  hospital for a life-saving operation and will miss being at home for her twelfth birthday. While Gracelyn prepares to go to the hospital, the animals living at the ranch decide that Gracelyn should have a birthday gift. They work together to surprise her with the perfect present, but how will they get it to her? The clever animals choose a gift that hides their identity and beauty until the time is right.

    Together, Gracelyn and her older brother Terry discover the charming secrets of the birthday present. There are even more happy surprises to come, much to everyone’s delight. This is a story about giving the best gift of all. They gathered a bunch of seeds and carried them to the hospital many miles away. They were planted and blossomed during her long hospitalization into an array of blossoms. These creatures gave of themselves, expecting nothing in return.

    Their message to us is the message of Jesus when we become like little children we give of ourselves without expecting anything in return; we see people without blinders of color, economic status, religion, or whether they are disabled or not.

    As we enter the post-pandemic period let us take to heart the message of these animals and youth, to become like little children, in giving of ourselves, our money, our time, and provide for those who have nothing, and nurture one another.

    Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Fr. C. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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