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Can a Christmas gift really change your life?
It did for me!
My godparents gave me The Beginner’s Bible one Christmas, and the seed was planted! I grew up as a C&E Christian, which you might know means I only went to church on Christmas and Easter. I believed in God, but I had no idea of what Jesus really did for me. I read The Beginner’s Bible from cover to cover and back again, and have done the same with my kiddos as an adult.
If you’re looking to point your kids toward the real meaning of Christmas or you’re hoping to share the Gospel with a child you love this holiday season, here are a few other books to check out.
A Nest for the Savior
A Nest for the Savior shares the Gospel as kids make a nest for Jesus to fill the empty manger. A Nest for the Savior can be used as an Advent calendar too with a Bible lesson for 12 days leading up to Christmas … or the craft can be done in one sitting after reading the children’s story. I wrote A Nest for the Savior to show kids (and parents) the connection between Christmas and the Cross, like my godfather showed me.
The Sparkle Box
The Sparkle Box is a cute Christmas story that helps kids understand the power of giving. You’re instructed to put the sparkle box (included in the back of the book) somewhere kids can see it so they begin to wonder what it holds inside. As they do good deeds and share the love of God, you write their deeds down and record them so you can chat about it on Christmas morning. In addition to talking about generosity, this book shares about the real reason Jesus came.
The Giving Manger
Similar to The Sparkle Box, The Giving Manger is a way to show kids that it’s better to give than receive. The book comes with a manger, straw and a baby Jesus figurine. Each day as kids help someone in need like a brother or sister or someone who needs a friend, they add a piece of straw to the manger. So, as they give to others, they prepare a place for Jesus. I love that this book wasn’t traditionally published, just like A Nest for the Savior.
The Shepherd’s Treasure
Another non-traditionally published book, The Shepherd’s Treasure, comes with a doll, children’s book and Advent cards. Made my a couple featured on Shark Tank (how cool!) this children’s book and kit is similar to Elf on the Shelf … only the Shepherd is looking for Jesus, not children who’ve been naughty or nice.
The Shepherd on the Search
A similar book, DaySpring’s The Shepherd On The Search Advent Activity and Calendar features a shepherd looking for Jesus, but it also has an pop-out Advent calendar and a devotional for families. I have friends who use this book each Christmas, but I wonder if kids are going to be expecting chocolate from the Advent calendar … mine definitely would! But it looks awesome, and my friend’s kids love it!
Other favorites that share the love of Jesus
The Star from Afar
Twas the Night of Christ
The Legend of the Candy Cane
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
And just because I love the message for little ones (even though it’s not about Christmas) …
I Love You This Much
The BestNester created A Nest for the Savior to show kids how Christmas connects with the Cross.