God has used Brian and his gifts to bless many people. Here is what some of them are saying:

What people are saying about "Christmas for the Family - A Short Novel"

"After years of enjoying Brian's writing, I am glad that there is another platform for Brian to share his gift with many others. I first saw this story on the stage, and I am impressed with Brian's ability to communicate so many nuances from the stage into this novelized format. His faithful witness to the real message of Christmas, and the hope found therein, shines through this story of a fractured family who comes together for Christmas."

-Stephanie J. Hamann, MA, LPC, NCC

"This short story is truly a breath of fresh air! The reader is able to identify with each character on a personal level. It is encouraging to the hurting individual and shines a light of hope for the struggling family. Brian Whitaker is a writer who uses the Word of God as a manual for dealing with real life experiences. This is a great short story and a wonderfully touching play."

-Jeanette Heifner, who played Sarah in the original play

"Christmas for the Family is a moving account of one family's struggle to continue to actively love and support each other, even in the midst of trying times and deep hurt. You will certainly relate closely to the frailties and vulnerabilities of at least one of these characters; and you'll cheer with them as they ultimately draw closer together and closer to God. Good read!"

-Cindi A. Strobel

"Brian Whitaker's Christmas for the Family is a highly engaging account that is perfect for an evening read. I have had the privilege of reading the original manuscript, of seeing it performed as a Christmas Eve production, and now again enjoying it as a short novel. You will be encouraged, entertained, and even challenged by it. Enjoy!"

-Dr. Jeff Hinds, Senior Pastor of Highland Community Church

Here's what others say about Brian...

"Brian Whitaker is a man who has persevered with integrity and faith through some very difficult circumstances. His trust in the sovereign goodness of God is not just something he reads and writes about; it's something he lives out. Brian is knowledgeable of and committed to the Word of God and is wise in the application of God's Word to the struggles and victories of life."

Dan M., Pastor, Highland Community Church, Wausau, WI

"It is my joy to endorse my friend and co-laborer in Christ, Pastor Brian. We have worked side by side vocationally in two different churches for more than a decade. In every way Brian is a man of God, a family man, an astute Bible scholar, and a gifted writer. Time is well spent utilizing the varied writings, dramas, music, and plays written by Brian. Enjoy and be impacted by how God uses him in your life."

Jeff H., Pastor, Highland Community Church, Wausau, WI

"Brian is a thoughtful writer with a rare ability to weave wonderful insights gained from both Scripture and life together into a single fabric. Incisive and uplifting, Brian's writings reflect his own character as he lives out his passion for Christ."

Ken M., Pastor, Highland Community Church, Wausau, WI

"I've been married for only three years, but something that I've dealt with is a fear of losing my husband. I've given this fear over to the Lord many times. Reading your blog and hearing of your experience reminded me in a very deep way of how the Lord is with us through everything, and how God is always faithful amidst our deepest pain. Your writings brought me comfort and filled my mind with truth, even though I've never personally faced the trial you were discussing. Thank you, Brian!"

Lindsay L.

"My church enjoyed doing two of Brian's dramas - a longer Christmas play (Christmas Memories) in a dessert theater setting, and a shorter Easter drama (A Good Friday Night) as part of a Good Friday service. Both were well-written, gently pointed the audience to the Scriptures and the Savior, and yet were a fresh presentation of a familiar story. We were pleased to find such dramas that were both affordable and accessible to a smaller church such as ours."

Mary W., Antigo Community Church, Antigo, WI

"I am so excited to share your ministry with a young widow friend of ours with 5 children. Your ministry is quite powerful and will speak to her heart as she seeks answers in God's word and by fellowshipping with other believers."

Georgia J.

"Good stuff! Keep writing about the things God constantly teaches you."

Scott V.

"Thank you for sharing your story on the Help for Widows and Widowers blog. I pray (and am sure) God will use it, as He promises to work all those things for our good and His glory."

David K.

"It is such a blessing that you are sharing your journey through grief with others. I am sure God will use it mightily."

Kimberly K.

"Brian has a God-given talent for writing. He has an ability to bring across a spiritual point in an entertaining way through his vignettes and productions as well as his songs. I highly recommend Brian's work."

Clay H.

"Brian is a caring and compassionate man who is able to demonstrate great calmness in often-stressful situations. He is a tireless worker."

John K.

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