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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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Count down to Christmas… 1, 2, 3

Over the next week or so I’m going to put up some brief posts about Christmas books for Kids – You might find some of these surprising choices…

Family Time: 82 Devotional Life Lessons and Simple Prayers

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Going into Christmas and the new year we often have plans to start things … fitness regimes, diets, clear outs… A regular devotional time. This book is an excellent way to start a devotional time as a family. With some seasonally appropriate material it also has devotionals that are ideal for any time of year.

Lottie Moon: What do you need?

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Lottie Moon was a missionary to China – with a life full of adventure… and an interesting link to Christmas. Because every year a collection is made at Christmastime in her honor – hundreds of thousands of dollars are donated to missionary projects across the world through the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Find out about the woman who inspires this level of giving every year through this delightfully illustrated book.

Onto more familiar territory now

The Very First Christmas

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Christmas memories can be very special to look back on. A baby’s first Christmas is an event marked by photographs and presents, visits and family. The Very First Christmas was similar but so different for the new born Son of God. Share Christmas with your little one by reading this story, cherishing family and the Word of God together.

The Christmas Story: The Bible Version

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When you read the title and subtitle of this book it might seem strange to you. I understand if it does. But you could have been reading quite the wrong story all your life. Certainly your kids have been cast in starring roles in someone’s re-imagining of Christ’s birth.

We can’t exactly blame Hollywood for the inaccuracies that have crept in because, frankly, the version that gets retold as the story of the birth of Christ has been miss-told for generations.

Not only are there definite errors but there are huge gaps too!

Where we’re wrong:

1. The Wise Men. There might have been three – there could have easily have been six, or eight.The story of three wise men has been developed simply because of the presence of three gifts. I think it’s a bit of a leap, but we can agree to disagree on that one. And I know that somehow Three Wise Men rolls off the tongue easily. It’s just that the Bible doesn’t say one way or the other. In the scheme of things though it’s not a biggy.

2. The Wise Men and the Shepherds. These two groups of men were not in the story at the same time. The Wise Men appear some time later than the Shepherds in the biblical narrative and they are described as worshiping the child Jesus in a house. So the images we’ve seen for years on Christmas cards depicting shepherds and exotic travelers gathered around the manger is not a scene described in the Bible.

3. When the Wise Men come to worship Jesus, He is described as a child. So we’re looking at what probably is at least a gap of a year, maybe more, between the visit of the Shepherds and the visit of the Wise Men.

However, I think one of the most important reasons for describing this Christmas story book as the Bible Version is not simply because it corrects the mistakes – it’s because of the material it includes. And this is material that is often excluded from the story of the nativity.

The Christmas Story: The Bible Version begins at the beginning in the Garden of Eden, when mankind sinned. Why start there? Well that’s where we first find Jesus. Through the sin of our first parents we see the beginning of our own sinful natures. Then the punishment that we all deserve, death, raises it’s ugly head for the first time. However, not is all lost as in the promise of God we discover that there is a plan of salvation. There is a Savior. There is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It’s in the Garden of Eden and throughout the Old Testament that we see God revealing his plan of redemption. We see how Christ fulfills the prophecies of Genesis, Isaiah and Micah. And then we go on to see that the story of Christmas doesn’t just stop at Christ’s birth. Of course it doesn’t! A birth is only ever a beginning – and Jesus’ birth is a promise of greater things to come. Yes, there will be tears – but it’s a sadness to end sadness. Yes, there is a death – but it’s a death to end death. The true story of Jesus’ birth takes us us to the truth of Christ’s words in John 3: ‘You must be born again’. The story of Christ’s birth, his death, his resurrection must take us all to to that point where we are presented with the truth that sinners need saved, that we need to trust and obey God’s Word that we find in the Bible.

I hope you enjoy reading this book and sharing it with a child as much as I enjoyed working on it and Carine Mackenzie enjoyed writing it.

And here’s a thought – take out your Bible afterwards and read it to double-check!

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New Title: Samson

9781781913284Samson had many faults yet before he was born he was described as ‘the one who would begin to save Israel’. Even as a sinful man, God used him in the fight against the enemy.
God has provided us with a perfect Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will conquer all his and our enemies. He died on the cross to save his people from sin. He has fully accomplished this great salvation.

The story of Samson serves as an example of the power of our great God, and how he uses the lives of sinners for his own purposes and glory. It serves as a warning to to a generation of young children who are growing up in a culture where temptation is rife and where it is easy to give in and fit in rather than stand in the gap as God’s witness.

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