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We Believe in Christmas Hardcover – September 10, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–This plodding poem never manages to convey the wondrous awe to which the author alludes. Then when we talk of wondrous awe,/no matter what we see,/let's think back in wondrous awe, and/there will Christmas be. Brown's vibrant, if somewhat static, paintings show a multiethnic group of children and adults getting costumed and ready for the traditional pageant, while the leaden couplets try to coax readers into thinking about the true meaning of the holiday. The disconnect between the words and the more engaging illustrations limit the appeal of this offering.
Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.



Growing up, I traced sports stars from newspapers, was fascinated by illustrations in magazines, and chose the books I read by the cover art. Thirty years later, I have painted major leaguers, seen my work in magazines, and may have influenced someone’s purchase of a book with my artwork. Some people tell me I’m still just a little boy.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310712122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310712121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Each year as Christmas approaches we all get caught up in lights, presents, and cookie making, but do we really know the true meaning of this Holy day? In this tender work by author,Karen Kingsbury, we are shown the true meaning of Christmas. Speaking of the song, "Silent Night," and imaging the stillness and awe that was present at the time of the Savior's birth is shared.
The excitement of receiving that special gift is brought into perspective with reminder of the greatest gift, Jesus. The placing of the star on our trees is replaced with the awesome image of the star that shone on that special night.
This is a wonderful book that helps bring to light the true meaning of the greatest gift to mankind.
Subtle, yet dramatic, with illustrations that bring you into the season, this book is sure to enhance your families understanding of the true heart and pulse of Christmas. Very well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Tabatt VINE VOICE on December 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is finally upon us. The hustle and bustle of decorations, gift buying, and parties is enough to tire out the most ardent Christmas enthusiast. As we're in the midst of all the busyness, it is far too easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Is it a happy holiday or a Holy Day? That's precisely the question Karen Kingsbury sets out to answer in this book.

As you read We Believe in Christmas, you will have the opportunity to observe a family as they get ready for, drive to, and then participate in the Christmas pageant at their church. You'll get a sense of the hurriedness throughout much of the story as you look at the expressions on everyone's faces. As the scenery changes on each new page, you'll encounter many of the sights and symbols we typically associate with Christmas: Christmas trees, carolers, nativity scenes, lights, etc. In most stories the background scenery is just that, background scenery. However, in this story, it is a key part of the message. During the Christmas season, we're able to encounter Jesus Christ in the things that are all around us, the tangible things we can see and hear. As you read the story and look at the illustrations you'll have a great opportunity to share the true meaning behind the sights and symbols of the Christmas season with your children. Also, as you're out and about and you encounter the sights, symbols, and sounds of Christmas in the real world, don't let those opportunities pass you by. Slow down and take a few minutes to share the true meaning of Christmas with your children.

Adults and children alike will be captivated by Daniel Brown's wonderful illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We Believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury and illustrated by Daniel Brown is the perfect book for the holidays. Here's Mia's review: I liked how much this book talked about God in Christmas. My favorite page was the cover with the little girl as Jesus' mommy. This is one of my favorite books in the whole world, because it's the Christmassiest. Now my review. I really enjoyed reading this book to Mia, partly because of the absolutely beautiful pictures on every page and also because of so many of the different traditions associated with Christmas the artist captures and are worked into the story as a way to remember the true meaning of Christmas. The book emphasizes the real meaning of Christmas without being preachy. It says that it's ok to sit on Santa's lap, say Happy Holidays, and other secular traditions, as long as we keep hold to Christ at the heart of Christmas. I think that Mia was able to grasp the message without feeling like she was being taught a lesson. The family at the center of the book is wonderfully drawn, and their faces are so full of expression. Each pagei s truly a work of art. We've read this book several times, and immediately after the first time, Mia wanted to read it again. Another reason she enjoyed it was the repetition of the concluding phrase on every page (except the last one), she loved being able finish it herself. Kingsbury has created an instant classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly on December 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do you believe in Christmas? If you don't, you will after reading this wonderful book by an amazing author!

Karen Kingsbury's use of rhyming is wonderful. The way she puts the TRUE meaning of Christmas into each and every line is greatly amazing.

When you sit down with your family, you can open this book to read to them and be taken back to the very FIRST Christmas, where all was calm on that silent night that the Savior was born.

Of all the children's books by Karen Kingsbury, this one is by far my absolute favorite. I loved this book and the details in the pictures that go perfectly with the words God gives to Ms. Kingsbury.

If you are looking to start a new family Christmas tradition, or just wanting to add to an old tradition, this is the perfect one...sit down with your family, get all cozy and warm with some mugs of hot cocoa or hot apple cider, open Karen Kingsbury's We Believe In Christmas, and be taken to that FIRST Christmas and find out the TRUE meaning behind it.

Definitely no less than 5 stars! Two thumbs, too!

*This book was purchased for my collection by myself on Amazon.com*
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