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Christmas Love Letters from God: Bible Stories Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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About the Author
Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. The author of two popular book series: Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time, her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.
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~ What ~
Part of the Love Letters from God series, this unnumbered oversized thirty-two-page hardbound with an embossed cover jacket targets children four to eight years old who enjoy Christmas stories and supposed personal letters from God. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, seven stories regarding Jesus birth are included. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
This charming book has seven Bible stories that cover four pages each. Chapters are titled Isaiah’s Good News, Mary’s Song, Joseph’s Dream, Bethlehem’s Road, Jesus Joy!, Shepherd’s Surprise, and Wise Men’s Wonder. Each story references the Bible verses used, contains a short story with a rhyming poem, a written out verse of God’s perfect promise, and a fold-out letter to the reader from God with a line to write in the child’s name. The ending has a larger fold-out card to Jesus with sixteen blank lines to fill out and a place for the writer’s signature. The colored illustrations are detailed and interesting, covering the full pages.
~ Why ~
Focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, this book will keep the attention of young ones. My favorite was the story of Mary learning she is with child (she only questions that she is not married). The poem is a revision of her song, and the letter from God asks how we feel when we hear people singing Christmas carols and reminds us to listen to Him. Isaiah 58:8 is written out.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in Christmas stories about Christ’s birth. Some children’s thinking process may not be advanced for writing a letter at the ending. Others may wish there were more than seven letters from God added. I found the italicized font hard to read compared to the other printing.
~ Who ~
Author Nellist has had stories and poems published in children magazines and produced other books in this series. She lives in Michigan with her husband. Illustrator Clowes illustrates children’s books and lives with her husband and family in Yorkshire, England.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence. The lines on the letter to Jesus seem too close together for some beginner writers.
~ Want ~
If your child wants an interactive book of seven stories of Jesus’s birth with letters written to them from God and a place to respond, this will make a good choice.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for this complimentary book that I am reviewing by my free will.
The stories included are all around the birth of Christ. They are as follows:
Isaiah's Good News
Wise Men's Wonder
It includes scripture references and a verse that could easily be a memory verse.
Each story has a letter from God - which is a personal message to the reader encouraging them with the message of the story and with some application questions.
At the end is a letter that has 'My Gift to Jesus' and inside it starts 'Dear Jesus' and has lines for the reader to write to Him. Really sweet
The illustrations are superb! The illustrator, Rachel Clowes, has done a stunning work in this book. I highly recommend it! It is a beautiful book, would make a great gift or addition to everyone's bookshelves at christmastime. It is very unique.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I personally loved how each mini-story tied into a promise from God in the Old Testament. As I lifted the flap and read the letter from God, each promise seemed to jump off of the page and speak right to my heart.
The exciting thing is that children will have this experience as they read the book. As they lift each flap to receive a letter from God, the Christmas love letters will help them to personally connect a promise of Scripture to their own life struggles, fears, and experiences.
When I feel worried or apprehensive about what God is asking me to do (like Mary) God says, “The light of my blessing will shine on you.”
When I have doubt (like Joseph), God says, “I will make you strong and help you.”
When I am facing a long and difficult path (like Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem), God says, “I will march out ahead of you.”
These are powerful truths for everyone—parents, grandparents, and children!
I also loved how Glenys began with Isaiah, which will help children to make the important connection that Jesus was the fulfillment of a promise God made to bring his light to the world. I also loved how she concluded with a space for the child to write a letter back to God, as a way of giving a gift back to him.
Although my children are grown now, this would be a beautiful book to use year after year as a family tradition, and I know it would become well-loved Christmas read-aloud for any family.