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Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas Hardcover – Unabridged, November 1, 2014
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Person by person, story by story, retrace the lineage of Jesus. Fall in love with Him all over again as you experience God’s plan of salvation for us―from the Garden of Eden to the manger and beyond.
With vivid, full-color illustrations, downloadable ornaments, and moving scenes from the Bible, this book is a gift your whole family can unwrap each day leading up to Christmas.
Each devotion includes the following:
- Scripture readings to go along with each story
- Questions and activities to engage the entire family
- Beautiful illustrations to further enhance each reading
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Top Customer Reviews
1) Foremost, she is interposing her own interpretation of Scripture. In many cases, it appears to be erroneous. For instance, we read about the flood tonight. There was no mention of God's anger. It was all about love. I know, I know--I haven't read the entire book, but after browsing it, I just see more the same--lots of commentary and summation of Scripture. And, here's the alarming part--she mixes her words with words from Scripture, and then just puts a reference at the end. So, one (particularly kids) does not know which is which.
2) Verbose to the max. Everyone--including my literature-loving self--was distracted within a minute of this reading. The sentence structure is overly complex, as if she's trying too hard to be poetic. It was not very engaging.
If you're looking for something that solely seeks the truths of Scripture while engaging little ones, you will find more satisfaction in this humble, yet superbly done book: http://www.amazon.com/Advent-Jesse-Tree-Devotions-Christmas-ebook/dp/B009K6DLU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417744712&sr=8-1&keywords=the+advent+jesse+tree+dean+lambert
My first problem with the book is minor, though it is written to the whole family, most times it seems like it is written for young children, other times the reading seemed geared for adults, as on page 146: "Tonight we're just raggedy manger stragglers who feel the heaviness of our old raggedy clothes from fighting the long battle with evil and badness. With our raggedy rags, we've tried to polish this dark world into something good enough to win our way to freedom. With our raggedy rags, we've tried to patch together our own ropes to somehow climb to freedom. With our raggedy rags, we've tried to disguise ourselves as someone else, as someone better, as someone bigger, thinking we could sneak our way to freedom and back to God." Since most of the book seems written in language appropriate for my young child, the instances of speaking to an adult or older child seem a bit jarring. Not a deal breaker, it just seems strange when coupled with the children's book illustrations and sentences like this one, "The whole blue marble of the world spins happy right now with the gladness of His love."
My biggest problem with the book is the interpretation of Scripture that is on page 145, the reading meant for Christmas Eve, it says that the battle resulting in Satan being hurled to earth (Rev 12:7-12) took place on the night of Jesus' birth. I have never heard that interpretation and I was even unable to find that interpretation during a Google search and cursury search of commentaries. Why, oh why, would Ann put a belief in her book that is not widely held? How did this get past the publisher? And even if it were a widely held belief, why mention Satan on Christmas Eve?Read more ›
She tries so hard with her words. The first day or two were simpler writings, and I thought this was a breath of fresh air from her other works. My children understood the words, I was blessed. But here I am, a few days in, and I'm trying to explain half of the sentences I read to them. I really don't like dumbed-down literature, but some of this is just plain confusing. It makes me think of the C.S. Lewis quote about writing plainly so others understand... Especially to children.
As others have mentioned, the theology is off a bit. Yes, she emphasizes the love - I am glad for that! Though she leaves A LOT out. The scripture itself is just her interpretation of the actual verses. And the stories - some of them don't get to the point of God Himself, just about us. I haven't read the Christmas Eve reading many seem to have a problem with, but I can tell already many liberties are taken by Day 6.
The other strange notice? No one seemed to question the repeated lines sound just like Sally Loydd-Jones wrote them? When she describes God's love, she does her very own spin-off on "His never stopping, never giving up, unchanging, always and forever love." It almost seems like she would have had to ask Sally's permission to write some of her sentences this closely. It's very strange. And we do love the Jesus Story Book Bible.
I am grateful for the heart behind the book. I just wish scripture could be enough without changing words, and adding in so many extra words to make one sound over-individualized.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Ann's poetic style of writing this book is for you. If you like the Jesus storybook Bible, this book is for you. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Reahm_D
Thank you for this ministry to our family! It truly helped us focus on the "reason for the season."Published 24 days ago by Emily McCall
Very beautiful book, but that's all that it is. Nothing extra. My husband and I followed this book for advent, but followed a advent-guide off of Pinterest, with a childrens bible... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Laura Welz
Love it! We had a blast going through this during Advent. The kids were engaged and enjoyed each night's readings.Published 1 month ago by L. Pearl
Loved the concept but the text was often awkward to read. VeryPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer