The True Meaning Of Christmas
Boys Need Santa Claus Because… by Tonya L Matthews is a lovely little book for the under tens showing them the true meaning of Christmas. It is aimed primarily at boys but girls would enjoy it too.
We see a young boy who knows what he wants for Christmas. As he gets older, he realises there are lots of things that boys need – and none of them need to be wrapped under the tree. Such as friendship, healthy food, exercise etc. He learns the lesson that we really need other people and Jesus.
The book is written in rhyme, giving a bounce-along feel. This makes it easy for our children to join in when they have heard the tale a few times.
The Real Reason For The Season
A Girl’s Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Tonya L Matthews is a perfectly beautiful book that tells us the real reason for the season. It is for children under ten years old. In fact, whatever your age, it will draw your focus to Jesus.
Portia is a young girl who believes Christmas revolves around her as she tells Santa all the presents she wants for Christmas. She is horrified when her perfect Christmas plans are interrupted by the weather and life.
There are lessons to be learnt – people are far more important than presents. And Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. Jesus is God’s gift to us. We just need to receive Him.
The book is written in rhyme, enabling our children to join in when they have heard the tale a few times. There is a wonderful bouncy rhythm to the book.
A Quilt For Christmas by Melody Carlson is an absolutely charming contemporary Christian festive tale that will warm your heart.
Every year I look forward to Melody Carlson’s Christmas offering, they are always beautiful and heart-warming.
All the characters are well drawn and realistic. They are an eclectic mix from a four year old girl to two ladies who are nearly seventy.
Kind hearts gather to make a little girl’s wish for her mother’s Christmas quilt to come true. We see that you are never too old nor too young to learn new skills.
The warm atmosphere has a chill at times as a hurting character has let bitterness invade her heart. Past memories, rather than warming have the opposite effect and freeze a character’s heart. What will it take to thaw that frozen heart?
Of Mercy And Grace And Love
Season Of Memories by Jennifer Rodewald is the most charming Christian novel and the nineth book in the Murphy Brothers series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the previous books first for maximum enjoyment.
This book concentrates on the Murphy brothers parents who have been married for forty years and had seven boys. On the surface, life looks ideal but it hasn’t always been that way. The marriage had a rocky start but God was faithful. “One should delight … in the goodness of God.” Sometimes it is not always easy to see God in the middle of the storm. “She wanted to spit out a pray harder because it’s not working.”
Throughout life’s struggles we can see the goodness of God when we look backwards. “Life was uncertain but God was unchanging.” In the tough times we see that “God works in hard places.” When we are in a pit, we can be sure that God is right there with us.