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Countdown to Christmas – 25!

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Well I set myself the aim of blogging about 25 different kids books from Christian Focus – now that I’m here I’m just not sure what my 25th should be?

… but I think I do.

It’s an old one but a good one…

The Promised Child by Carine Mackenzie

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/121/-/sr_1

The story of the birth, that ended with a death, that went on to bring life – eternal life.

The birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World.

You may be thinking of different family traditions that you’ve kept over the years, or that you want to start for the future. May I suggest that you make some of your family traditions at Christmas about Christ. Read the story in several ways and at different times – it doesn’t have to be in December either.

Celebrate his birth, be thankful for his death, rejoice at his resurrection.

 

Countdown to Christmas 21, 22, 23, 24

For this post I’m simply going to pick another four of my personal favourite children’s books.

  1. Children’s Devotions by Frances Ridley Havergal. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/155/-/sr_1 – this is a lovely collection of devotional readings – something that you can do with your child early in the morning or last thing at night.
  2. With Two Hands by Rebecca Davis – http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1313/-/sr_1 – from the first moment i read the manuscript I was hooked on her books. You may feel you have a child who has read every missionary story available – if so then get them onto Rebecca’s books. They are so well written and they introduce the reader to christians from other cultures, indigenous churches and unsung heroes and heroines of the faith.
  3. A girl of two Worlds by Lorna Eglin. Though this book is largely fictional – it is based on Lorna’s own experience with the Massai tribe of Kenya and her time as a missionary with them. The key character has to struggle with existing in two very different cultures… which will win out in the end – her tribal family, or her Christian church… or can it be both? http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/347/-/sr_1
  4. A Young Person’s Guide to Knowing God by Patricia St. John http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/864/-/sr_9 – this book has some of the best gospel short stories that I’ve ever read. A perfect read aloud book – but also ideal for a young reader to dip into by themselves. Functions as a devotional book aswell.

Countdown to Christmas 17, 18, 19, 20

Whether it’s something to keep a child quiet at the dinner table, or a book that will keep them busy if the weather is just too grim to be going outside one of the books you’ll likely be look for in the countdown to Christmas is an activity book.

They take many shapes and forms and there are ones that are suitable for younger children and the more demanding older kid.

Take for example the simple colouring book. Why not purchase a few of the Colour the Bible series and lay them out as place mats or on a child’s dining room chair along with a packet of crayons. There are many different ones to chose from but if you need a suggestion how about this one on the book of Luke: http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1277/-/sr_19

If you’re looking for something that’s going to last a bit longer than the Christmas meal then for a younger child My Bible ABC is a good option. With 26 simple stories and colouring pages. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/522/-/sr_1

Older children need something a bit more stretching. The Puzzle n’ Learn series would work well in this instance. Something you would put in their stocking or have ready for a quick half hour or more of down time. The Greatest Gift is a good choice for this time of year but there are several others you can choose from too. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1344/-/sr_1

And then the Bible Detectives series covers several Old and New testament books but again the book on Luke would be a good Christmas choice. There is hours worth of codes and puzzles in here – enough to keep any child busy over the festive weekend. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/66/-/sr_4

Countdown to Christmas 14, 15, 16

A good idea for a Child’s Christmas gift is a Children’s Story Bible.

Now I don’t want to start this blog post about story Bibles without asking does your child have a full bible of their own? They should. Whatever age they are at they need to know that you place a high importance on God’s Word – in its entirety.

I think children’s story bibles and story books have their place – but the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation needs to be front and centre.

Which is why it is important for you when buying children’s story bibles to look at the content and be discerning. The artwork is very important in many different ways – I may blog about that at some other point. But your attention definitely needs to go beyond the visual appeal to the words.

  1. There should be more than just the usual stories, especially if you’re purchasing a children’s story bible for a slightly older child.
  2. There should be something in the book that encourages the child to actually look up a full bible. Every story should at the very least give a bible reference, or make it clear that God’s Word is a book on its own.
  3. There should be a opportunity to apply the message to the life.

So with that I’ll point you towards three different children’s bible story books that are good gift options starting with the youngest…

  1. Little Hands Life of Jesus – this is a book aimed at 3-6 year olds that tells the story of Jesus’ life from his birth to the ascension. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1168/-/sr_2
  2. The New Children’s Bible by Anne de Vries. Well told and realistically illustrated this book is a good option for children who are ready to read on their own – but it’s also a great read aloud edition. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/567/-/sr_1
  3. The Bible Explorer. This title is definitely one to use alongside the Bible. It’s aimed at the older child and has loads of extra features that draw the reader deeper into scripture. This title is an excellent way of introducing children to Jesus Christ in all of scripture http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1661/-/sr_1

Countdown to Christmas 11, 12, 13

The three books in this post all have a link to the Christmas season… one is more obvious than the other two.

The Christmas Story by Carine Mackenzie

The subtitle to this is The Bible Version. Simply because we need to be clear that the story we quite often see portrayed in nativity plays and on Christmas cards isn’t the story we read in the Bible. When we read the scripture the shepherds and the wise men are not in the same part of the story. And there is a lot more to Jesus’ birth than simply the little town of Bethlehem. If you want your children to see that the birth of Jesus is important but that the child in the manger becomes the saviour on the cross then this is the book for you.

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1673/-/sr_1

And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, at least in the U.K., without a Narnia blockbuster on the T.V.  Clive Staples Lewis has worked his way into the festive season like Carols at Candlelight or a giant tub of office chocolates (I’m still hoping we’ll get one of those this year.)

So in honour of one of the 20th centuries greatest story-tellers we have two books that introduce different ages to his life and christian testimony.

The Little Lights Series has a title: Can You Imagine? http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1590/-/sr_2

and the Trailblazer series for 9-14 year olds has: The Story Teller

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/744/-/sr_3

 

Countdown to Christmas 7, 8, 9, 10

Four book recommendations in this blog post and not a Christmas book amongst them!

I don’t want to be accused of stereotyping … but pretty much boys will be boys and girls will be girls and everyone likes a best seller. That’s what this blog post is saying today.

  1. Boys Like Monkeys. …  Saturday proved that for me when I was doing a kids story time at church. Instead of picking the book myself… I would probably have picked a Christmas book, something seasonal … I let the children choose the book. An eight year old called Aiden immediately pointed to The Jungle Doctor Fable Book and I read the cracking story about the monkeys who didn’t believe in crocodiles. As always there is a moral to the story – and as always Paul White doesn’t mince his words. Just as the monkeys in the story foolishly refused to believe in the reality of the dangerous crocodile – we can ignore at our peril the danger of sin. Thankfully the monkeys are saved just in the nick of time by Twiga the giraffe. And Paul White clearly identifies our saviour in the Lord Jesus Christ. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1370/-/sr_1
  2. Girl’s Like Dolls… they do. And with all the types of dolls there are these days there always seems to be a style for everyone. It’s no longer just barbies … I really like the look of some of the American girl dolls that are more realistic. But it is the truth – generation after generation of girls like their dolls. If you’ve got a little girl whose heart just warms at the sight of one of those crying, peeing, all be it, plastic babies the book: What’s in the Parcel about Helen Roseveare is just the ticket. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1197/-/sr_1 This is a missionary story, that involves a baby, a little girl, a parcel and a doll. It’s a great read.
  3. Everyone likes a best seller… And if these two books are new titles to you then you need to get in on the act. The Lightkeepers biographies have been our top sellers in children’s books for years now. Ten Girls who changed the World and Ten Boys who Changed the World – are a great way to introduce your 7-12 year olds to real life Christian heroes and heroines. Ten short bios in each book, with extra features that make these books ideal devotionals. A really good gift that keeps on giving. http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/759/-/sr_1 http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/772/-/d_series

My 12 Books of Christmas #12

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Faith of Our Father: Expositions of Genesis 12-25

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1761/-/sr_1

Now this is the only book of my Christmas 12 that I haven’t read because I’m keeping it. I do that with books sometimes. I deliberately put them to one side as a treat to look forward to and that’s something that a Dale Ralph Davies book is – a treat. This time it’s a festive treat.

This is going to be the book I start reading on Christmas day.

What do I have to look forward to in a DRD book?

Great theology.

Cracking stories.

A warm pastor’s heart.

Chicken soup for the soul doesn’t have a look in … this is steak.

With all the sides – and the desert.

Vegetarians – replace the word steak with something else gutsy and nutritious. I’m not sure if nut loaf has the same dramatic emphasis – but you get my drift.

I’m looking forward to this book, and will review it here after the new year.

Have a great 2016 – get into some great books.

God bless.

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