Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Favorite Children's Christmas Book

"J is for Jesus - The Sweetest Story Ever Told"
Written by: Crystal Bowman - Illustrations by: Claudine Gevry

It's such a favorite, one of my kiddos tore a chunk out of the cover! I guess we beat up those we love? :)

"One snowy day in the middle of town, families gathered from miles around. For something was new at the candy store, something that no one had seen before."

"The candy maker was eager to share his holiday treat with everyone there. He held up a red and white peppermint stick. The children all wanted to give it a lick!"

""I made this candy," he explained that day. "I shaped it to look like the letter J. J is for Jesus, God's Son sent to earth. And Christmas is when we remember his birth.""

""But when I turn the candy around to make the letter go upside down- It looks like a staff that the shepherds used. They were the first to hear the Good News.""

""As the shepherds were watching their sheep that night, the sky was filled with heavenly light. Angels appeared and started to sing, Glory to God for our newborn king!""

""And there in the town where Jesus was born, the shepherds found him, all cozy and warm. Their hearts were filled with wonder and joy as they knelt beside the baby boy.""

""I added the stripes to remember the day that Jesus washed all our sins away. He died on the cross, his blood was shed. That's why the stripes are bold and red.""

""The white on the candy is there to show that when we're forgiven, we're white as the snow. Jesus was born to save us from sin, to make us holy and clean within.""

""I wanted to share this story with you, so Jesus can be your Savior too. Please tell this story to everyone, and give thanks to God for the gift of His Son!"

If you are looking for a good last minute gift, I greatly recommend this book! The author definitely has a gifting with words and the illustrator was simply amazing with her works of art!!!

I love you all and pray that this Christmas you would join with me and wholeheartedly give thanks to God for the gift of His Son!

Merry CHRISTmas!

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