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Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Gift Giver, a book review

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You all know I love to do Christmas book reviews but typically I am writing about books written for adults.  Those books discuss the decorations of the home, falling in love and getting married in a Christmas wedding. This time, I am going to write about a lovely book written for all called The Gift Giver.

Two thousand years ago, unto us a child was born. Unto us a son was given. Out of the manger a child would grow into a man. A man would become the promised Savior, and would send a message in all that he would do. That message would fill the world… with hope, with peace, with Joy. On that day, a gift for all men was given, and because of all that He did, and what He became, another would be given the task to remind as many as would believe of the greatest gift the Father ever gave…..

When I read these words, I knew this would be a book I would read to my family each year at Christmas time.  This lovely story reminds us of what one Father did for us all.  This book helps us remember the true meaning of Christmas without giving up the magic that goes along with it.  I love that we can remember what the "reason for the season" is without trashing our customs.  The authors, Jacob Haslem and Nicolas Allen have done a beautiful job weaving the true meaning of Christmas with the beloved custom of Santa into a tale worth telling year after year.  Elissa Weaver, the illustrator, creates images of the unfolding tale that show the depth of each of the characters by her use of line and color.  Her work brings the story to life.

At the beginning of the story, a little boy sees Santa at his home and expresses his disappointment in only receiving three gifts.  He believes he's been very good and deserves better.  I hope that when other children hear this part of the story, and the rest that follows, that we can go back to appreciating what we have, and what we get, on a truly joyous level.

The book is a bit long, and for younger children it may have to be broken up into shorter parts.  Nothing like a great book, continued, for deep and prolonged thinking about what the book is sharing with you! However, there isn't one word I would leave out, or words I would rearrange.  The book is lovely, just as it is.

Enjoy this clip about the book:

Proceeds from the book go to support The Nazarene Fund by Mercury One.  If you want to order the book, you can order it here.

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