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Melk, the Christmas Monkey: Teaching God's Character through Bible Lessons and Activities the Entire Family Can Enjoy Paperback – August 24, 2014
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I appreciate that Melk is never found getting into mischief. He is always doing something sweet, fun, productive, or enjoying Christmas with the innocent wonder of a child (like the morning my children will find him sleeping under the tree).
Rather than being someone who reports back to Santa about how the children are behaving, Melk points children to God and explains Biblical truths in easy to understand ways.
Melk the Christmas Monkey is a sweet character who loves God and Christmas, and wants to get children excited about loving and living for God.
1) He is cute (all of the choices you can buy on Paradise Praises are darling, OR you can use a treasured friend OR a new friend from any shop down the street – it’s up to you! Katie even says you don’t have to call him Melk if you don’t want to. I love choices.).
2) He goes through spiritual attributes, or character traits, of the Lord, and cements them in kids’ minds in fun and memorable ways.
3) His surprises are always fun, sweet and good, not naughty.
4) In talking about the good things that God is, children are inspired to grow closer to Him and emulate Him.
"Melk loves Christmas because this is the time of year when more people than usual think about God and his free gift of salvation. If there is anything Melk loves more than Christmas it is God. Melk loves to learn about God and to share what he learns with others."
Katie has done a fabulous job of weaving fun, tradition and holiness together. This advent devotional and activity book is perfect for the entire family. Even if babies don’t grasp the entire concept, they will still love getting in on the fun Melk brings to the holiday. Melk will melt even the grumpiest Scrooge’s heart.
What does Advent mean anyway? You can look up the technical meaning on many Christian websites. We do not celebrate it in the accurate sense of the word. For us, it’s pretty much a countdown until Christmas! Making the whole month of December a special and sacred month of learning more about, drawing closer to and celebrating Jesus and His birth! We have tried Advent products in the past that were too complicated (for me), not engaging enough (for anyone), or that felt kinda pointless or…just not “us.” But Melk is a joy that reminds us to delight in the little things that make Christmas–and every day in the Lord–special.
This book has 30 days worth of short devotionals and activities, for you to break down into whatever you see fit for your family’s schedule. Katie lists all supplies needed for the activity, and lays it all out for you simply. Melk’s letters are easily accessed and printable. The surprises are fun but not extensive, so you won’t be up half the night fulfilling them. (Please be cautious if you have cats, like we do. It would be sad for you and the kids to wake up in the morning only to discover the cats have ruined your surprise!)
I am thrilled to take part in this new tradition. I love how Katie crafted Melk to be grace-based and not works-based. Unlike Mr Elf or Santa, God gives good gifts based on WHO He is, not on what we do or how we act. This is what we try to teach our kids every day, so it’s something I love reinforcing in such a fun way. I can hardly wait until November 30 to start! :) In fact, I think we might start the night of Thanksgiving. :)
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to review, Melk, The Christmas Monkey. With this e-book I will be able to tie in the fun crafts and activities that we already do with a wonderful lesson that will teach my little one more about God. The crafts and activities are meaningful. We may not do them all, but I know that the ones we do will be fun and exciting.
Overall we love Melk. He is going to be a great addition to our Christmas traditions. With Melk you get to keep the fun holiday traditions that you are already use to, and learn more about God at the same time.