About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

31 Days of Celebration - KJV: Making Much of Jesus Christ this Christmas Season by Sarah L. Roberts

ABOUT THE BOOK

This simple 39 page devotional is designed to help you find ways to help keep Christ the focus of your family this Christmas season.

Available for order HERE




MY THOUGHTS.....

"Dear Jesus, thank You for creating the universe and everthing in it". This is the first page of a new book by Sarah L. Roberts and it is meant to be read on December 1 and continued through the next  thirty days in December. 31 Days of Celebration is the perfect book for this season! The colored illustrations are gorgeous and each of the thirty-one entries  is devoted to a different Bible selection from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. You will Breathe in God's Truth as you read each day's scripture and  other suggested verses that pertain to it.  There is also a question or prompt to help you ponder God's Word further and then you can Breathe Out Your Responses and write them down in the space that is provided. I especially love that each day's reading begins with "Dear Jesus, thank you for....

The commercialization of Christmas by our society has left some children with no concept of the 'reason for the season'.  With this book, Sarah L. Roberts helps us to return to its true meaning. In the days before December 25th, during this season of Advent, we need to prepare our hearts for His coming and make sure that our children understand that God sent His Son in human form as the newborn baby Jesus Christ.  And then, on December 25th, we can thank Jesus for giving Himself as our gift and continue to praise him as the New Year approaches.

As a bonus Roberts also shares 36 beautiful ornaments with names and symbols that refer to Jesus and His birth. This is another opporunity for family time and I am looking forward to using them to decorate a small Advent tree with my young granddaughter.

This is the perfect devotional if  you are wanting to keep CHRIST in Christmas and you desire to create quality worship time with your loved ones,  Reading and discussing 31 Days of Celebration as a family will create precious and lasting memories and help  to "make much about Jesus Christ this Christmas Season."

I received a PDF copy of this book for review purposes but was in no way coerced to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

5 Stars for this beautiful book!

For more information, you can visit  Breathing Grace on Facebook.

You can find more printable ornament designs with suggestions for additional uses at Etsy.com.

Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology by Stacy Monson & Others

Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology
ABOUT THE BOOK

Nine stories. Nine pasts to overcome. Nine futures hang in the balance.

Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but what happens when the past threatens to destroy the peace and joy of the season?

Mountaintop Christmas by Stacy Monson
Wilderness camp leaders Mikayla Gordon and Dawson Dunne have planned their perfect mountaintop Christmas wedding, but nature seems to have other plans. Mikayla will have to face the one thing that has terrified her since childhood or her hopes of a magical mountain wedding to the man of her dreams will be buried deep under the fresh coating of snow.
Like Wool by Eleanor Bertin
Young David Fawcett is all duded up for a night of punk rock with his buddies when the past butts into his plans, thrusting him out into the cold of a snowy Christmas Eve to face his worst enemy.
Ever Greening by Deb Elkink
Thirty-year-old anti-Advent Holly, who’d abandoned Montana as a pregnant teen, faces another Christmas—and this time the meaning of the Incarnation—in the barren desert of Nevada far from the evergreen forest of home.
A Beautiful Christ-mess by Brenda S. Anderson
When prodigal son Zachary Belden returns home at Christmas to surprise his family with news, he’s surprised with other news that turns his surprise into a big mess and challenges his newfound faith.
The Christmas Sweater by Janice L. Dick
Jeanne, a retired librarian and one-year widow, is dreading her first Christmas without Sam. However, when her childhood friend moves in next door, Jeanne wonders if alone might be better. Spunky Debbie McCormick won’t allow Jeanne to wallow in her grief, and seems intent on pushing her into decisions she’s not ready to make.
Taste of Heaven by Sara Davison
When Shawn and Daphne Cook’s hopes for their future are crushed, it takes a chaotic Christmas Eve service to remind Daphne that she has been putting her hope in the wrong things. Her plan is to get to her husband and share that revelation with him, but whoever has been watching them from the shadows just may have a plan of his own.
The Jukebox Cafe by Angela D. Meyer
Retired Marine Mike Thompson is struggling as the new pastor at Hillside Community Church in Preston Hill. Can one special Christmas Eve help him move beyond a past that’s holding him back?
The Caretaker’s Christmas by Johnnie Alexander
Mac never means to eavesdrop, but when the reclusive cemetery caretaker learns that two mourners will be alone for the holidays, he plans a Christmas Eve party for the recent widow and the foster teen. In seeking to ease their loneliness, will Mac find peace for his own grieving heart?
Reno-Vating Christmas by Regina Rudd Merrick
Steve Reno lost his wife two years ago and has two grown children, while Roxy Emerson has been alone for over ten years and is a grandmother. They’re not looking for romance, but when the contractor and restaurant-owner are thrown together at Christmastime, they realize that God does indeed have a hope and a future for them.
When the men and women in these stories face overwhelming challenges in their lives, can hope be restored this Christmas?

MY THOUGHTS.....

There are so many reasons that I love this book!

Reason 1: Hope is Born is perfect for this busy season! It is an anthology with nine different authors each contributing a short story. Reading time is often hard to grab during Christmas!

Reason 2: The stories have realistic characters who are facing situations that we all understand. Loneliness, health issues, hopelessness, unplanned pregnancies, or losing a baby are not fictional occurences!

Reason 3: Hope is Born is all about hope and shouldn't we all have this at Christmas? Isn't this what God intended when he sent His Son?

Reason 4: Forgiveness, redemption, and God's gift of Grace are all big parts of these stories!

Reason 5: The cover of Hope is Born and the cover for each of the stories are absolutely gorgeous and they immediately lifted my spirits!

Reason 6: I am familiar with many of these authors and they never disappoint me! Their Christian witness is very evident in the books that they write.

Reason 7: Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology is the fifth book in The Mosaic Collection. No further explanations needed!

I appreciate the chance to read these stories and I recommend Hope is Born to all who enjoy Christmas stories and Christian fiction.

I was given a complimentary e-copy but a favorable review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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