One Holy Night Endorsements
Praise for J. M. Hochstetler

Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year

American Christian Fiction Book of the Year Finalist

"J. M. Hochstetler dug deep into the well of emotions and came up with a story that strikes the heartstrings in a tender and yet also provocative manner. The characters are so well drawn, they’ve stayed in my mind long after reading the book, almost as if they were real people that I’ve known for a long time. Being the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, I also appreciated Hochstetler’s gentle handling of one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history. And even though it’s set during the Vietnam era, there are lessons to be learned and truths to be taken away from this beautifully crafted story for today. Highly recommended."

Kaye Dacus, author of the Brides of Bonneterre Series


“J. M. Hochstetler makes another mark on Christian fiction with One Holy Night, a moving and inspirational tale of family, love, war, prejudice, and heart-wrenching loss. Though I’m not usually interested in stories set during the Vietnam war, I quickly became caught up in the lives of Hochstetler’s characters and felt their joy, pain, and struggle to either hold tight to their faith or open their heart to God. Warning: The deeper you journey into this painfully honest tale, the more you’ll need a ginormous box of tissues close by. Very recommended!”

—Tamara Leigh, bestselling author of Leaving Carolina

"One Holy Night is powerful yet gentle in both its method and message. Set in the 1960s amidst the divisiveness of an unpopular war, a family’s very faith and foundations are tested as memories and cultures collide. Hochstetler’s “lighting the past . . . and leading you home” signature couldn’t be more appropriate than in this sacred tale of hope rising sweetly from the ashes of sorrow. . . ."

—Kathi Macias    , award-winning author of My Son, John


"Provocative and insightful, One Holy Night shows in rich detail how God can use the most trying circumstances to bring people around until they see how much they need each other, and need Him. This life-changing story will move you to tears as you experience the humility of a young Vietnamese woman, her husband's desire to see his father heal, and the trials that bring them together in one desperate attempt to save another’s life."

—Michelle Sutton    , author of It's Not About Me

 and It's About About Him

Edgy Inspirational Author


“One Holy Night is a stunning first release from Sheaf House, a new boutique publisher based in Tennessee. One of the best things about this book is its reader friendly design. The font size and legibility, along with premium paper, contribute to easy reading, even in low light. Kudos to the design team at Sheaf House!


“Since savoring the last page of J. M. Hochstetler’s story, I have found myself revisiting the characters regularly as if they were members of my own family. The rich characterization and lush description place the reader comfortably in the midst of the story setting: the heartland of America near the end of the Vietnam War. Any reader who can’t relate to this turbulent era in U.S. history will grow in understanding, and those who lived during that time will be reminded of the division it created.


“Amazingly, Hochstetler tackles several big issues—love, loyalty, war and death—while maintaining a positive thesis. Family can survive. Human love is grander in weakness than in strength. And faith is, by necessity, stronger in tragedy than in triumph.


“One Holy Night is a soon-to-be-classic “miracle story” with an inspirational message that will warm your heart with love. It is a wonderful statement of faith and a gift of hope.”

 Kathy Harris, author and agent for Joe Bonsall

 of the Oak Ridge Boys


"Author J. M. Hochstetler depicts a family in crisis during the etnam years. Tenderly written and poignant, One Holy Night is relevant to our lives today. The ending moved me to tears."

—Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, author of The Heavens Before.

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

Illuminating the World Through Fiction Blog 


"One Holy Night is a heartwarming story of forgiveness. But this is the gritty kind of forgiveness—the kind that must first endure the deepest despair imaginable. In 1967, Frank McRae still nurses bitter hatred toward all Asians after witnessing unspeakable atrocities on the battlefields of the South Pacific during World War II. When Frank’s only son, Mike, falls in love with a young Vietnamese girl while fighting in the war there, then marries her, Frank disowns his soldier son.


"On the home front Frank bargains with a God he hardly knows in a desperate attempt to keep his wife, Maggie, from dying from cancer. With his family torn apart, Frank comes face to face with the ugliness of his hatred in an unforgettable moment of truth. What happens next is one of the most touching scenes I’ve ever read in a novel.


"I’m proud of Hochstetler for weaving this story through the Viet Nam era and embracing the genuine, raw emotions of that tumultuous era of our history. This is a very different kind of Christmas story and one that stayed with me long after I reached the end."

—Diane Moody, author and columnist


“A heart-wrenching story of a war few believed in, a son’s duty, a mother’s fight to survive cancer, and the devastating results of prejudice. One family’s faith is tested to the limit . . . and beyond.”

A. K. Arenz, author of The Bouncing Grandma Series


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