Christmas Glass by Marci Alborghetti

Anything from Guideposts has always had the highest quality and this year's Christmas story is no exception. It has a marvelous cover with beautiful artwork and all of that is before you even open the book.

Once you start reading this intricately woven story from the viewpoint of all the family members, you can see why communication is a crucial key for family relationships (not to mention all other relationships both personal and business). We do not have the ability to read each other's minds. While the Holy Spirit does a most excellent job of helping us to understand our loved ones and their motives, we must make sure that we put God first above all others, no exceptions.

I have read stories before that were written from different perspectives and got very bored before finishing the novels because you are reading the same thing, just different angles. But this one is well done, and each perspective moves the story along. It was only slightly tiresome reading all the background story, too, but that did lend a greater insight to motives and beliefs.

The last page is a bit ambiguous, and I hate ambiguous endings... but then I think, how else could it end? This is a saga told succinctly and poignantly beginning with WWII up to present day. We slowly find out what happens to this set of treasured Christmas glass ornaments, and there is a beautiful testament of friendship.

Excellent read, well worth the money. It is a keeper

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Christmas Glass

GuidepostsBooks (October 1, 2009)


Marci Alborghetti


Marci Alborghetti has been writing only slightly longer than she's been reading. In seventh grade she received her first writing prize for a zany Halloween story. The prize? A five dollar gift certificate to a local bookstore. She was hooked. The Christmas Glass is her fourteenth book, and she is currently at work on a sequel as well as a non-fiction book about service. Some of her other books include: Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can’t, A Season in the South and Twelve Strong Women of God.

She and her husband, Charlie Duffy, live in New London, Connecticut and the San Francisco Bay area. While in New London she facilitates the Saint James Literary Club.


In the tradition of The Christmas Shoes and A Christmas on Jane Street, the heartwarming story of The Christmas Glass shows how, today as always, the Christmas miracle works its wonders in the human heart.

In the early days of World War II in Italy, Anna, a young widow who runs a small orphanage, carefully wraps her most cherished possessions -- a dozen hand-blown, German-made, Christmas ornaments, handed down by her mother -- and sends them to a cousin she hasn't seen in years.

Anna is distressed to part with her only tangible reminder of her mother, but she worries that the ornaments will be lost or destroyed in the war, especially now that her orphanage has begun to secretly shelter Jewish children. Anna's young cousin Filomena is married with two-year-old twins when she receives the box of precious Christmas glass.

After the war, Filomena emigrates to America, where the precious ornaments are passed down through the generations. After more than forty years, twelve people come to possess a piece of Christmas glass, some intimately connected by family bonds, some connected only through the history of the ornaments.

As Christmas Day approaches, readers join each character in a journey of laughter and tears, fractures and healings, as Filomena, now an eighty-four-year-old great-grandmother, brings them all to what will be either a wondrous reunion or a disaster that may shatter them all like the precious glass they cherish.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Christmas Glass, go HERE

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