The Silent Gift is an incredible book. The narrative is so compelling that the book is hard to put down. Although I was eager to find out how things turned out, the ending arrived much too quickly. Totally captivating in its realism and descriptive elements, The Silent Gift relates the love and dedication of a mother for her deaf/mute son. The authors skillfully set the background for the story and brought the characters to life. I would highly recommend it to any reader who is looking for something more than a bit of fluff.

This book was provided to me for review by Bethany House Publishers.


From the creator/director of the Love Comes Softly film series–
a story both bittersweet and heartwarming of a mother and her son –
and of his unusual gift

The decade of the ‘thirties was a time of enormous uncertainty–for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of unyielding love and incredible sacrifices in the face of circumstances beyond belief.

But then The Gift appears–where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who cannot communicate provide comfort and direction to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved son, Jack. Will it be enough?





Minneapolis,MN—With over ten million DVDs sold of the hit Love Comes Softly movie series, director Michael Landon Jr. is known for his ability to capture characters and themes on film. A feat he couldn’t do without the help of his longtime screenwriting partner Cindy Kelley.

Now they bring their creative teamwork to the world of books. A bittersweet story of hope in the midst of suffering, The Silent Gift follows the story of a devoted mother and her disabled son trying to survive the Great Depression—and the discovery of the boy’s unusual gift.

“We wanted to tell a story to illustrate that one’s worth isn’t dependent upon what society deems valuable, but that our intrinsic worth comes from our Creator,” said Landon Jr. and Kelley. Yet the book explores another theme—one that isn’t often found in the pages of fiction. And one that the authors didn’t take lightly.

“The uniqueness of this story is that it focuses on a child who is both deaf and mute, but everyone believes has the gift of prophecy,” said the authors. “It was intriguing to delve into the spiritual gift of prophecy and its own unique implications.”

With prophecy as a hot-button issue with some denominations, Landon Jr. and Kelley wanted to give an accurate but thought-provoking portrayal of this special gift. As a result, they conducted in-depth research as well as interviewed some of the top theological minds of today. “The challenge was trying to find clarity between actual prophecy and what we typically call ‘psychic’ today,” they said.

With research balanced by story, Landon Jr. and Kelley weave a beautiful narrative of love and enormous sacrifices that lingers long after the last page has been read.

A novel filled with passion, with yearning and with hope

Read an excerpt from The Silent Gift here.