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The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas Hardcover – Unabridged, September 1, 2013
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" Ann Voskamp on Christmas is Monet on sunsets -- made for each other."
" The Greatest Gift isn't simply words on a page; it's a song your heart already loves: a song about Jesus from the beginning to end...a glorious way to celebrate the season!"
" No one unveils Jesus like Ann Voskamp. Journeying through The Greatest Gifts will fill you with wonder, awe and gratitude. Emmanual, God with us."
" Breathtaking. Stunning. The Greatest Gift --- a gift for life."
From the Back Cover
WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?
"I don't want a Christmas you can buy.
I don't want a Christmas you can make.
What I want is a Christmas you can hold.
A Christmas that holds me,
remakes me, revives me.
I want a Christmas that whispers, Jesus."
Hundreds of thousands of readers have already fallen in love with Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, and this Christmas, Ann invites readers into the rich and meaningful celebration of Christmas we all long for --- a celebration of the complete love story that's been coming for you since the very beginning.
In what is certain to become an instant holiday classic, Voskamp reaches back into the pages of the Old Testament to explore the lineage of Jesus -- the greatest gift --- through the majestic advent tradition of "The Jesse Tree," each day featuring its own exquisite ornament highlighting the Biblical story (free download of each of the 25 ornaments available from Voskamp's website, annvoskamp.com ).
Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, The Greatest Gift retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day's profound reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ, so that come Christmas morning you find that the season hasn't blurred past you but your heart's fully unwrapped the greatest gift you've always yearned for.
Sure to become a holiday staple in every Christian home, The Greatest Gift, a New York Times bestseller, is the perfect gift for the holidays and a timeless invitation into the richness of the true meaning of Christmas.
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The idea is that over 25 days of devotional reading, you and your family will come into the Christmas season fully steeped in the meaning of Christmas and have a beautiful Christmas decoration to remind you of the journey.
This is a lovely idea for families. It would even work for a prayer group. The ornaments are so beautifully designed, yet elegantly simple in their white layers of cut paper, that it would be a joy to re-create them. The ornaments are not just Christmas-themed; the one of Noah's Ark is particularly lovely and many of the designs would make delightful cards to send to friends. So this book is not just useful for Christmas. If you enjoy crafts with paper or scrapbooking, there is a lot here you could adapt for other uses.
If your family is looking for something to make a more meaningful Christmas and retain the Christmas message amid all the jollity and distractions of the season, I can hardly think of a better idea.
*I plan to begin a new Christmas tradition yearly on the first day of December until Christmas Day to be still before the Lord with this book to focus my heart and mind, reflecting upon the true reason for the season, Jesus Christ. As her book title suggests, I will gently and tenderly "unwrap the full love story of Christmas" again and again.
In addition to daily readings, she gives questions/comments to help you reflect on the day's topic and a suggested action that will really bring the season to life as you look beyond yourself, beyond the hustle and bustle, and take the love that Christmas represents to those around you.
This book is Scripture-based, but not preachy. That makes it appealing to readers of varying levels of spirituality. Really, the only spirit you need to appreciate this book is the spirit of love--and if you're running a bit low on that, then this book can help you find that spirit of love in the greatest gift, the love story that Christmas represents.