Giver of Wonders

Giver of Wonders

by Roseanna M. White


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A miracle once saved her life . . . will another give her a future?

Cyprus was little more than a child when a fall left her paralyzed...and when the boy known as the wonder worker healed her. Ever since, she has wondered why the Lord spared her, what he has in store for her. But her pagan father thinks she was spared solely so she could be introduced to the wealthy wonder worker, Nikolaos.

Nikolaos has never questioned that his call in life is to dedicate himself to the church and to God. Never, that is, until he and his cousin Petros meet the compelling Cyprus Visibullis. For years he struggles with the feelings she inspires...and with the sure knowledge that Petros loves her too.

Petros knows he will never be good enough for Cyprus’s father to consider him as a match for his favorite daughter—not as long as Nikolaos is there. But when tragedy strikes the Visibullis family, he will do anything to save his beloved. But his beloved is determined to do anything to save her sisters—even at the cost of herself.

As the festival of lights bathes their Greek city in beauty, Cyprus, Petros, and Nikolaos celebrate the miracle of their Savior’s birth together. And through their sacrificial love, a centuries-long tradition will be born.

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ISBN-13: 9781939023834
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 396,743
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Giver of Wonders 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This beautifully written and amazing story is a gift. It truly captures the genuine unselfish spirit of love and giving. This is one I will buy as gifts to give away and will re-read and future Christmas seasons
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Giver of Wonders***** by Roseanna M. White In the Giver of Wonders Roseanna White tells the story of who St. Nicolas truly was—*a man who loved God with his whole heart, who gave generously and in secret, performed miracles, a true servant of the Lord. I appreciate her prayer: “My prayer is that as you read this interpretation of who Nikolaos may have been as a young man, you come to appreciate that he was so much more than our traditions today give him credit for being. My prayer is that we can all take a few cues from him...that our gifts become less about us. And more about Him.” —yes Roseanna, I wholeheartedly agree! (*see author's at the end of the book). Patara, Lycia young St. Nicolas—Nikolaos, his cousin, Petros, the community where he lives and of a family who appear to have wealth but tragedy strikes leaving them in despair and desperate. Without their faith the three daughters—Cyprus, twins Alexandria and Rhoda—would be even more lost...but their father wants nothing to do with God. Cyprus loves her family so much she sacrifices a life of love for them—God sees her heart...don't want to give anything away so won't say more. When I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it but as I read on I found the story and the characters captured my heart. I love how faith and God's love is in every aspect of the story. There is hope, heartache, miracles, sacrifice, wonder and many lessons of forgiveness and love—sacrificial love—that touched my heart. One such phrase on page 296 has stuck with me: “A gift, a true gift given from nothing but love, should be done in secret. So, that God alone sees. So that the giver's only reward is what the Lord decides to bestow. Not even the joy of seeing their joy. Just the joy of knowing one did what one ought.” What a wondrous story that gives us a glimpse of the true life of St. Nickolas.
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
I'm so very sorry that my review came awful late but finally here's my review This book is certainly very different than what Roseanne usually writes. Roseanne has a way to make her characters come to life so that we can actually connect with them. This story definitely has charm, tragedy, and good all wrapped up into one. It is interesting to see what the Lord has in store for us is it not? Even more so that the Lord can send angels in disguse just when we need them as the author shows us in this story. I felt kind of sorry for Cyprus since she got the dirty end of the deal from her father and cousin just because she has red hair. I admire Cyprus even though she was young and foolish at the time but I also enjoyed watching her take a stand in her faith. I believe her mother would've been very proud but sad at the same time. Her sister's faith was staunch too. I loved how they stuck together through thick and thin. (I wish I could've had my 2 sisters friendship like that). They didn't know how blessed tbey were until it was almost too late!!! I did enjoy Cyprus's little sneaky ways and I laughed in some places of the book. I also cried about midway in the book. It makes us question about why certain things happen and why they don't in others. Only in God's timing can things happen. He has a plan for us. He knows what he's doing and through his will not ours. Roseanne, I enjoyed the book and I and enjoyed even more to know that these were your ancestors. What a rich and wonderful history! I recommend this book to people who love reading about Christmas traditions and history all at the same time!!!! I received this book from the authority in which I was not required to leave a review but I did anyway! I wanted people to know that I enjoyed this story and it will leave you with a warm feeling long after the story is over!!!
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
My favorite genre - Christian historical fiction - by one of my favorite authors, Roseanna White. If I could stay awake that long, I could read her novels front to back without stopping to eat or sleep! As usual, the characters are believable, real people--well, sorta real. It is, after all, fiction. I guess I should say realistic. Take, for instance, Cyprus. She's an ordinary, high-spirited youngster with red hair and green eyes. She gets in trouble more than once because she doesn't follow the rules all that well. The trouble she gets in at the beginning of this book is because she went to the port to wait for her father's ship to come in. A bunch of rowdy sailors began to chase her, shouting things to the twelve-year-old that would make her mother blush. Cyprus climbs to the rooftops to escape them, but they follow on the ground, still shouting. She leaps from one rooftop to another and another until.... That's how the young men, Nikolaus and Petros meet her, lying still and broken on the ground. Petros steps back to let Nikolaus do what he does best: work miracles. Cyprus goes from paralyzed and unable to feel anything to up and walking when he bids her to rise. So begins their friendship. Nikolaus, known in Patara, Lycia, as the Wonder Worker, and Petros, his cousin and best friend, also became the girl's escorts and companions. Over the years, Petros longs to become more than a friend, but he says nothing. Then comes the day when Cyprus's world comes apart. Her older twin sisters, lovely dark-eyed and black-haired young women, have become betrothed to two men of wealthy families. That should have been an occasion of joy, but Cyprus's sleepless night excursion to her parent's bedroom becomes a revelation she can't reveal. She overhears them talking about how her father's expensive tastes have brought them to the edge of poverty, and her mother must journey to her father's home to plead for one more loan that will pay her sisters' dowry. Her mother demands a promise from her father to cease his exorbitant spending while she goes to plead their case. Which he doesn't abide by.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I believe that this has to be one of my top five favorite books of 2016. This brought back many memories for me. When I was a child we celebrated St. Nicholas Day and Christmas. I loved putting out my shoe and getting an orange or a bouncy ball and some candy and a dime. I enjoyed reading about how St. Nicholas came about. All characters in this story were well written. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit and the author for a fair and honest opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Miraculous. Heartbreaking. Wonderful. Roseanna M. White has weaved these amazing elements into her latest story, Giver of Wonders. I was drawn into this long-ago Grecian world from the first exciting scene, and my heart became fuller to get to know the early believers in this well-written story. Those who have an interest in early church history will especially enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Well researched and very well written historical fiction based on Saint Nikolaos, not the premise that we think of the jolly man in the red suit. Nikolaos has the ability to heal people that have the faith in God to believe. He is best friends with his cousin Petros and together they have their first encounter with Cyprus when she falls. This is a story of love, loss, self sacrifice, faith, tragedy, and touches your heart deeply. Ms White has a way with words that bring the characters and settings to life, that make you feel you are there observing the story as it progresses like a well oiled machine. This is not your typical Christmas story, but has meat that you can sink your teeth into and have an enjoyable read. Hard to put down. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are not required.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I have to say I really enjoy all of this author's books but for some reason I did not like this one as well. It is nothing to do with the writing style I just had a hard time getting into this time period and the story. It is really hard for me to say this as I do not like giving less than great reviews. This is a nice book to read during the Holiday season. While you read it it will help you to understand how the Christmas tradition started.The characters were well developed in this story and it was nice getting to know each of them. It was also nice to hear about Nikolaos' story before he became a saint. There was a lot of good descriptions in this book so you could really get a sense of where it takes place as well as the feelings of each of the characters.
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
Compelling look in to the history of the original Nikolaus, now known as St. Nicholas. Roseanna White masterfully blends fiction with the historic details of Nikolaus. It takes the reader past the commercialization of Christmas, reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas. Through a change in financial circumstances, the Visibullis family and friends learn that willingness for true sacrifice of oneself for another is a picture of the greatest gift of all. When the family loses everything, the father of three daughters gives up. The three daughters wonder what will become of them. Will they still be allowed to marry with no dowries? One daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for the happiness of her sisters. Will their father ever learn to follow the one true God? Will Nikolaus or Petros win the heart of Cyprus? White pulls the reader into a story filled with the sights, smells and sounds of life with the early Christians of Patara. This poignant story of love and sacrifice will be part of my holiday reading every year.