One Imperfect Christmas

By Myra Johnson Published
Paperback ISBN: 9781426700705 $14.99 Buy
Only Love Makes a Christmas Perfect. A warm, inspirational story of faith, hope, and love for the holiday season!Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom


Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit’s end. Nothing he’s done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa’s adolescent rebellion isn’t helping matters. As Daniel’s hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear



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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading One Imperfect Christmas!  Myra draws you into this family and makes you feel like you are one of them.  We can all relate to the very human feelings of guilt, hope and love that are entwined in this story.  You won't want to put it down until you see how things work out for "your" new family! " ~ Peggy Wagner, SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers
"Debut novelist Myra Johnson ushers us into the Christmas season with a fresh and exciting story that will give you a chuckle and a special warmth." ~ DiAnn Mills, author of Awaken My Heart and Breach of Trust, and a Christy Award 2008 Finalist.
"I've done nothing but read One Imperfect Christmas without being able to put it down. I loved the struggle and heart and humanity in this book. Myra made me care so much for all the people inside the pages of One Imperfect Christmas.  I couldn't bear to look away until the beautiful perfect end." ~ Mary Connealy, author of Gingham Mountain and Calico Canyon, both Christy Award winners.
"One Imperfect Christmas is a warm, touching debut novel about a family torn apart and longing to be back together in time for Christmas.  A perfect read for the Christmas season - or any season at all." ~ Deborah Raney, author of Clayburn novels and Above All Things
"Myra Johnson's One Imperfect Christmas is a gift you will want to open time and again." ~ Kathleen Y'Barbo, Books & Such Literary Agency
"WOW!! What a book! The tears have finally slowed down to the point where I can see the keyboard to type.  This is by far one of the more touching books that I have read in my whole life.  It’s totally centered in reality and you feel as if you know the characters.  This book grabs your heart in the first ten pages and makes it almost impossible for you to put it down.  This is a story about life, and every emotion that living, laughter, pain, sickness, family drama, success, failure, guilt, anger, and resentment, just to name a few.  It’s a story rich with character struggles, emotional pitfalls, and pure American stubbornness." read the entire review  ~ Kimberly Stephens, Once Upon A Romance Review
"Myra Johnson did an excellent job of weaving a story that demonstrated this lesson in action, in a true-to-real life way I could relate to as a woman, a daughter, a mother, and a wife. I also love the way she interspersed the story with the common theme of a multi-generational love for—and talent for—painting and art. It really tied the story together and ultimately helped provide closure for Natalie and her family in an unusual way." read the full review ~ Tina L. Scott, The Dabbling Mum
"One Imperfect Christmas  is a tender, insightful and thought provoking story of a family dealing with a tragedy and trying to find their way through with love and faith.  As the director of a therapeutic riding center, I am familiar with the devastation and redemption that families can go through when a loved one suffers a stroke.  The person the family knew and loved has changed and their future is often uncertain.  I have seen amazing miracles of function returning and families seeing changes and healings.  Recovery does not happen to just one person, we are all interconnected and benefit from this blessing.
Often we see the beauty of a relationship that a client develops with their therapy horse.  We believe that this is one of God's many gifts.  We see on a daily basis, the loving connection between a person and a horse that occurs and contributes directly to the successful outcome of therapy.
This is a story of a family who loves deeply and then become lost to each other because they are faced with a tragedy for which no one is prepared.  One Imperfect Christmas reminds us that God carries us through these times in life and if we have faith and accept his grace we will be able to handle life as it comes.  Just as in our everyday lives, this story clearly shows how God is talking to us all the time; we just have to be ready to listen." ~ Karen Gardner Director of SIRE Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers
"When her mother suffers a massive stroke, Natalie Pearce blames herself for not being there that day to help her mother take down the Christmas decorations.  Guilt builds a wall, shutting out her husband and teenage daughter until she leaves them to live closer to work, and further away from the nursing home and her comatose mother.

Her father's steadfast faith, and her tenacious teen's intervention, work together to bring her mother home in time for the next Christmas.  And, yes, you can expect another miracle.  It's Christmas, after all.

The fact that Natalie is a graphic artist working at a print shop endears me to this character; it is all so familiar.  And while Natalie goes through way too much tormenting guilt, that is also way too familir.  I identify with her, I'm thankful for the valleys God brings us through, and you will be too." ~
Elisabeth H. Bantz - Author's Choice Reviews
"I loved the story.  This book deals with our aging parents and their issues, job security and career progression and dealing with teenagers in the family.  It's a very well written character driven book.  I loved all the characters and the writing style made me feel like I was with them every step of the way crying at their falls and cheering on their triumphs."  Jan Crow of Katy Books, TX








About the Author

Myra Johnson

Myra Johnson is an award-winning author. She and her husband of 42 years proudly claim two beautiful daughters, two fine sons-in-law, precious grandchildren, and a pair of playful pooches. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Learn more about Myra and her books at