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The Twelve Gifts of Birth (Twelve Gifts Series) Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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From the Back Cover
There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother's arms. What was for many months a dream and a mystery is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities.
Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one's life.
This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of values and self-respect. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others.
Top Customer Reviews
I looked back through 18 years worth of pictures and matched pictures of James with the twelve gifts. His sister, brother, and father helped as we searched for just the right photos.
For example, on the cover page where it says, "Royal dignity was yours from the day you were born" Psalms 110:3, I glued a baby picture and a graduation picture.
On "The first gift is Strength" I glued him in awesome shots from his three sports...basketball, football, and javelin.
On "The fifth gift is Hope" I glued a shot of him from the bottom of the stairs as he attempted to crawl up those stairs clad only in a diaper~~along with another shot of him in a triumphant basketball moment.
For "the ninth gift is Reverence" I chose a photo of him feeding ducks by a tree-lined lake and another of a tiny James standing on some rocks by the ocean's edge.
One of my favorites is the "Faith" page where I put a picture of him kneeling with me and holding Kermit the Frog as he says his prayers.
I cut the pictures using templates for scrapbooking, so the shots of James are in ovals, stars, curved edges, etc. The finished product was awesome!
When his father and I gave him this book, all of our family sat around as I read it to James. He is a 6'5" wonderful fellow who got teary-eyed as I read it. As he looked at the pictures accompanying each gift, we talked about family and life!
Charlene Costanza is to be praised for writing this inspirational book. It is a treasure! The words, the message of dignity and worth, the pictures, and the artwork are outstanding. Everyone who sees it wants to order one. One friend is personalizing "The Twelve Gifts of Birth" for her mother!
I came across a real life-time treasure when I found this book.
The book includes a special page for gift-givers to inscribe some personal thoughts to the receiver. I always told my 23 year old daughter she was a princess and now I have a book that shows her just how special she has always been.
I highly recommend "The Twelve Gifts of Birth," as a wonderful gift to give to a pregnant woman, a newborn baby, or a child of any age to remind them of the special gifts that were their's from the day they were born. It would be an especially thoughtful gift for a young person who is struggling with adolescence to help remind them of the beauty and talents that they were born with.
Not only the words are beautiful, but the quality of the materials used to produce this book will make this a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime.
The 12 gifts every baby should know they where given at birth are: Strenght, Beauty, Courage, Compassion, Hope, Joy, Talent, Imagination, Reverence, Wisdom, Love, and Faith so you may believe you have these gifts!
Whether you come home with your child from the hospital, international flight, or domestic travel this is a book that should be read often and in every childs' home and or room!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great gift before baby comes- I was lucky enough to receive this at a baby shower and started reading it outloud on a nightly basis. Read morePublished 27 days ago by B. Tinant
I really liked this book. The Twelve gifts are appropriate not only for children but adults also. I would like to see
some scriptures relating to each of the gifts that could... Read more
I have purchased this book several times over the years. I always give it to people who have babies. Great gift!Published 4 months ago by smarie
This is an amazing book! I have given it to several new mothers and each one has been very moved by it.Published 6 months ago by Patricia McKay
This is one of the most beautiful books. Both the sentiments and the exquisite illustrations are incredible. I love to give this as a baby shower gift.Published 6 months ago by SLW324
My wife bought this as a gift for our son and his wife. Wonderful book!Published 6 months ago by Seizan Breyette