The Doctor s Christmas Quilt By Kathi MaciasDr Laura Brandon s world tilted when her young unwed daughter announces she is pregnant Not only is Meagan s future jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy but so is her dream of following in her mothers footsteps by finishing medical school and becoming a doctor The choices she is facing are life changing, abortion, adoption or becoming a single parent Together Megan and Laura examine their pro life belief s while their relationship becomes stronger The Doctor s Christmas Quilt By Kathi MaciasDr Laura Brandon s world tilted when her young unwed daughter announces she is pregnant Not only is Meagan s future jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy but so is her dream of following in her mothers footsteps by finishing medical school and becoming a doctor The choices she is facing are life changing, abortion, adoption or becoming a single parent Together Megan and Laura examine their pro life belief s while their relationship becomes stronger Jenny is an old friend of Laura s, she is making a Christmas quilt inspire by the life story of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell As she shares the story of the quilt with mother and daughter they find healing, love, faith and forgiveness This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last Author Kathi Macias did a great job of sharing the difficult subject of unplanned pregnancy with dignity and compassion She was able to interweave history with modern everyday life Her characters were inspiring and heart warming I want to thank the author Kathi Macias and publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review The Doctors s Christmas Quilt written by Kathi Macias Author Kathi Macias is a multi award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women s clubs and retreats, and writers conferences She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA Advanc The Doctors s Christmas Quilt written by Kathi Macias Author Kathi Macias is a multi award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women s clubs and retreats, and writers conferences She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net Kathi Easy Writer Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.This book combines a Mothers Love with pro life issues, adding historical issue told story form of the first American Dr who was a woman and of her struggles to become one.A surprise weekend Megan comes home from med school to talk to her Mom earlier then she had planned as Thanksgiving was soon and she could have just waited til then Megan faces many changes after learning she is pregnant after she breaks up with boyfriend,Alex She wants and needs to talk about how she will handle the changes Mother and daughter are very close after they lost two of their family, Husband Father,Son brother.Dr Laura Branson is a workaholic and works in a clinic for the poor, sometimes so busy she forgets to eat.When Dr Laura finally takes some time and stops at a friends gift shop for lunch she hears the story told by the owner,Jenny of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman American Doctor, she weaves her story while working on a Quilt with bits and pieces of her life When finished it will go to one who should have it, not known till it is finished.I think this story will make you think of many things as you read the pages but mainly Forgivness and Faith are at the forefront.I received this book from New Hope Publishers and the Bookclub Network to read and review, Thank you I enjoyed the story within the the story of the first woman doctor The actual story was good but ends abruptly and writing is just okay. Very good story until the Way too much of an abrupt ending When her unwed medical student daughter discloses that she is pregnant, Dr Laura Branson is torn between excitement and fear Until now, her beliefs and stance on pro life issues have been theoretical than personal It isn t until she receives a Christmas gift a quilt that depicts the life of pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America that she is forced to wrestle with her beliefs What does she really believe, and will she have the courage to stand by her convictions This is the first book I have read by Kathi Macia, and I am hooked An amazing read, on a very tough subject abortion, for Christians and non Christians alike The character of Dr Laura Branson is introduced to us, on her day off, giving a pro life presentation via skype Next we meet Dr in training, and daughter to Laura, Megan She is on her way home to tell mom she is pregnant She struggles much on the hour drive home with thoughts and feelings, as well as dreading sharing this news, know This is the first book I have read by Kathi Macia, and I am hooked An amazing read, on a very tough subject abortion, for Christians and non Christians alike The character of Dr Laura Branson is introduced to us, on her day off, giving a pro life presentation via skype Next we meet Dr in training, and daughter to Laura, Megan She is on her way home to tell mom she is pregnant She struggles much on the hour drive home with thoughts and feelings, as well as dreading sharing this news, knowing how it will break mom s heart Mom has already been through so much, having lost her best friend and husband as well as her son, one half of her family This has brought Megan and mom closer, which makes the news harder to share with mom.Megan starts off slow, telling first of break up with boyfriend, Alex Then moves on to the news of the pregnancy Finally it is out, and Megan can relax, as her and her mom can now talk it out and make a plan Easier said than done It does appear as though mom is taking the news well, but looks and actions can be so deceiving.A renewed friendship, and story of the life of first female Dr of USA, Elizabeth Blackwell, fill many a lunch hour, and give much food for thought, as well as Jenny two added friends to her prayer list She knows not the problem, but gives them to God.God does what He does best, and works in the lives and situations, of those whom open their lives and hearts to Him.This is a well written novel and you will not only learn about Dr Blackwell, but will come face to face with some of the thoughts and emotions from different view points regarding abortion, and how Christians are not perfect, but definitely forgiven You won t be disappointed.Thank you bookfun.org for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review Kathi Macias has once again written another great book She has woven the story of Dr Laura Branson with that of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician Dr Blackwell was not only a staunch abolitionist but also a pro life supporter There were two convictions which were not well accepted during her time.Dr Branson has lived a life not untouched by tragedy She and her daughter, Megan, have had to pick up the pieces and continue on with life They have had to find a new normal Dr Kathi Macias has once again written another great book She has woven the story of Dr Laura Branson with that of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician Dr Blackwell was not only a staunch abolitionist but also a pro life supporter There were two convictions which were not well accepted during her time.Dr Branson has lived a life not untouched by tragedy She and her daughter, Megan, have had to pick up the pieces and continue on with life They have had to find a new normal Dr Branson has always held the belief of pro life But when the unthinkable touches their lives, will she and Megan have the strength to go on Will they be able to move forward even if they outcome my not be the path that they have set right now Dr Branson must decide if she can accept a new path or if they present path was really the one her daughter had chosen or was it the path that she chose for her daughter Can she support her daughter in whatever decision she decides When God sends an angel in the form of a friend, will Laura be open enough to receive the insight that she is suppose to Megan must come to terms with not only a life changing occurrence but with the decisions that led up to it She must decide what her future will hold Dr Blackwell s story is not only meant for her mother but for Megan as well She sees the strength and convictions of Dr Blackwell as a stepping stone and a chance to learn.Will Dr Blackwell help to lead these women over a hundred years after her life and death Will Dr Branson and Megan be able to walk forward Will Megan decide what path her future will hold Many questions and many answers are found in this book Many ideas are tested.I received this book through TCBN for a fair and honest review When our convictions are tested Many of us wonder how we will stand when some of our beliefs are tested Will they stand as a rock solid conviction, or will we fold and say that was just a good idea, but it doesn t work out in real life Dr Laura Branson is a single mom, having lost her husband and son in a car accident Besides her medical practice, her daughter Megan is her reason for living Megan is a model Christian young lady, a Medical student, and comes home to tell her mom that she When our convictions are tested Many of us wonder how we will stand when some of our beliefs are tested Will they stand as a rock solid conviction, or will we fold and say that was just a good idea, but it doesn t work out in real life Dr Laura Branson is a single mom, having lost her husband and son in a car accident Besides her medical practice, her daughter Megan is her reason for living Megan is a model Christian young lady, a Medical student, and comes home to tell her mom that she is pregnant Megan never meant for her relationship to be carried to this level, but it did and now she is bravely facing the consequences Dr Laura has always counseled girls that all life is sacred and is very pro life But now she wonders if this inconvenient pregnancy will spoil her daughter s life and her plans for her daughter s life.This is the second in Kathi Macias s Quilt series in which she take a modern day dilemma and intersperses it with the true story of an outstanding woman from history In this case, it was the story of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America Through the telling of this story, via quilt blocks made by an older friend, we learn about the hardships faced by this brave woman The story also gave Dr Laura, the courage face her own fears This would make a good book club read about the abortion issue and even the history of prejudices faced by women I received this book from BookFun and was not required to give a positive review When her unwed medical student daughter discloses that she is pregnant, Dr Laura Branson is torn between excitement and fear Until now, her beliefs and stance on pro life issues have beentheoretical than personal It isn t until she receives a Christmas gift a quilt that depicts the life of pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America that she is forced to wrestle with her beliefs What does she really believe, and will she have the courage to stand by her convictions M When her unwed medical student daughter discloses that she is pregnant, Dr Laura Branson is torn between excitement and fear Until now, her beliefs and stance on pro life issues have beentheoretical than personal It isn t until she receives a Christmas gift a quilt that depicts the life of pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America that she is forced to wrestle with her beliefs What does she really believe, and will she have the courage to stand by her convictions My Review Jenny makes quilts every year, never knowing who they are for, or what purpose they will serve She never knows who they are for, but in faith she sews every stitch knowing their purpose will eventually be revealed When she meets Megan, she slowly learns her story, and discovers that the girl had a bright future ahead of her until she came home and announced that she was pregnant I loved how Macias took some very tough yet sensitive topics, and so easily took us on a journey of grace, forgiveness, and mercy And of course, the quilting theme tied with Elizabeth Blackwell s history as the first female doctor in America was absolutely fascinating When life got messy for Dr Laura and her daughter, the symbolic quilt and Dr Blackwell s story was the shining star of hope in their life Macias shows us that no matter what life throws at us whether based on our choices or otherwise , God always has a plan for us far beyond what we could ever hope or dream of This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review The Doctor s Christmas Quilt by Kathi MaciasI first wanted to read this book because it focuses around a Christmas quilt two of my favorite things When I read the synopsis I knew it d be a story I d enjoy Dr Laura Branson s medical school daughter is back home before the Thanksgiving break Megan has informed her that Alex is history and she s pregnant.Not only does the story follow Laura s part but Megan s part as well as others.Jenny s Treasure store is a major part of the quilt storytellin The Doctor s Christmas Quilt by Kathi MaciasI first wanted to read this book because it focuses around a Christmas quilt two of my favorite things When I read the synopsis I knew it d be a story I d enjoy Dr Laura Branson s medical school daughter is back home before the Thanksgiving break Megan has informed her that Alex is history and she s pregnant.Not only does the story follow Laura s part but Megan s part as well as others.Jenny s Treasure store is a major part of the quilt storytelling aspect of this book The woman are able to meet at lunch most daily visits where each square holds a story about the life of the first female doctor.The recipient of the quilt God will inform her in time for Christmas Everybody is against abortion til Laura overhears something that might change her mind..The story also follows Alex, a med student also and he and Megan had dated and on his way home for Thanksgiving a car crashLaura prays to God in how to help Megan The women get to cook dinner and do spend hours bondingLove hearing how the story is pictured in the quilt and what it all means Love the travel and places they visit as I ve yet to visit Colorado.Megan does have a discussion with her mother on the plans after the semester is finishedAmazing how this story is bound together by God and believing in him.I received this book from The Book Club Network bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review