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Number of Pages: 40
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)|
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I surely wish with all my heart,
This day of Jesus birth,
That peace and love and happiness
Soon cover all the earth.
Mary Engelbreit rings in the holiday with a Christmas collection that includes many of her favorite carols, the story of Jesus' birth, and beloved poems that touch the heart and celebrate the miracle of the season.
Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mothers own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Marys distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Marys dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.
LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Children's Christmas Book!December 26, 2013LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This children's book is amazing! There are beautiful (and I do mean beautiful) illustrated pictures to go with the songs, Bible stories, and poems that have come together! It is so easy for young ones to understand the essence of the Christmas season through the detailed drawings that Mary has accompanied in this Christmas collection!
When I saw that their was a chance to review this book, I jumped on the chance immediately! I thought it was a board book since my son seems to really enjoy those the most, but I found out it was hardback (this is no issue though). Since my son is still fairly young he wasn't as interested in this hardback as I thought he would be (I didn't realize that they recommend this book for ages 4-8), but I do believe when he gets a little older that will change. However, I personally loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations and really felt that Mary drew to show her love for Jesus Christ. I was just blown away by the beauty and simplicity of the pictures and how they brought the songs/stories to life in a new way for me. I also felt the author really drove home the point that Christmas is ultimately about the birth of Christ and to celebrate it joyfully. This day has such significance and should be held in reverence for our King who willing came down to Earth for us sinners.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and again loved the illustrations! I would recommend this for any parent looking for a Christmas collection that shows the importance of Jesus birth with vivid drawings and decorations! I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.comÂ® [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
MIMomAge: 25-343 Stars Out Of 5Catholic illust, & subtle arguably unbiblical toneNovember 12, 2013MIMomAge: 25-34Quality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Apparently I am a bit behind the times. Just as in other reviews, where I had never previously heard of the author, well here again, I had never heard of Mary Engelbreit. Sure, looking back, I've seen her illustrations around here and there (I think I was even gifted a Christmas decoration with her artwork), but I never realized they came from the same, renowned illustrator. In her preface, Engelbreit states that Christmas is her favorite holiday and she has thus collected some of her favorite hymns, stories, poetry and quotes into one eclectic collection, entitled, Peace on Earth: the Christmas Collection.
I chose to review this book when I saw it was a children's book, as my son is a voracious listener. If he knows he can expect a book in the mail, he waits with great anticipation for it to arrive. Thus, we were both delighted when this hardbound book (with a glittery dust jacket) arrived, and he immediately started flipping through its vividly detailed pages. I enjoyed reading the Gospel account of the birth of Jesus (according to Luke) as well as many carols and poems. The illustrated pages would make for a lovely book to have on display during Christmas time, if it wasn't for some of the content. I am very critical with what I put out, as I feel it reflects my beliefs. Because of this, I don't think this one will make it out on display this Christmas season. Perhaps I'm reading into it a bit too much; I guess I'm a chip off the old block though, because my mother read it to my 4-year old and had a few of the same concerns.
First of all, I'm a bit startled that Zondervan has this book dedicated towards 4-8 year olds. I think they'd enjoy the pictures, and recognize some of the poems, hymns and carols (e.g. Friendly Beasts, First Noel, All Things Bright and Beautiful, etc), but I felt like some of it might be a bit to mature for them. I feel that adults would enjoy this (and appreciate the illustrations) a lot more then young children. Next, if you are not of the Catholic faith, you may be irritated and even offended by Engelbreit's numerous illustrations of the virgin Mary, who is consistently crowned with a halo of some sort. She even includes a poem, 'Lullay, My Liking', which contains the following in a stanza, "pray we now to that child and to his mother dear". I wish instead of caroling children on her cover, that Engelbreit could have placed the virgin Mary and child so that those of the Protestant faith could have been warned in advance. Finally, I was alarmed by the direction with which the theme of her book took as its pages progressed. It seems her focus on peace begins with Christ's birth, but somewhere along the way transitions into a more worldly stance of peace being something achievable by man's power. Nowhere is this better exemplified, then in her inclusion of the story, "Another Boy", by Bruce Barton. Barton writes as if Jesus was born to topple the throne of Rome and cause democracy and equality to rise. He further writes,
"We celebrate His birthday, and the festival of all children everywhere. They, not we, are the really important people of the earth. In cradles, and at the foot of Christmas trees, are the lives that are to overthrow and rebuild all that we have built. Nothing is so powerful or so perfect that it cannot be transformed utterly by the miracle of another girl. Or another boy."
Engelbreit notes in her preface that she believes her selections "capture the true meaning of this wonderful holiday... a small child, humbly born in a stable". And therein lies my problem with this work. The miracle of Christmas was not just the birth of a child, but the Christ child. He is Emmanuel, God with us, not just 'another boy'. And He was born to save mankind; Christmas ought to be a celebration of His birth, not a 'festival of all children everywhere'. And yes, children are important. Scripture says that we need to have faith like a child to enter into the kingdom of heaven. But it comes about in believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and Messiah. Salvation comes from Him alone, unlike her illustrated quote by Jewish philosopher Martin Buber that leans towards a universalistic mindset ("God made so many different kinds of people. Why would he allow only one way to serve Him?"). True peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and can only be found in Christ.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ® book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
DalynYakima, WaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5DelightfulNovember 5, 2013DalynYakima, WaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mary Engelbreit is a gifted artist. I have always loved her work. This beautiful book is a great gift or coffee table-type book. It's chock full of Mrs. E's artwork as well as some of our favorite carols, poetry, Bible verses, and the story of our Savior's birth. My little kids beg for this at bedtime. It's a lovely bit of tradition and I was blessed to receive this from Booksneeze in exchange for an unbiased review. My thoughts on this are warm and fuzzy.
KellyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Illustrations!October 29, 2013KellyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection by Mary Engelbreit is a beautifully illustrated picture book that includes a variety of poems, readings and Christmas songs. There are current and contemporary writings included, as well as older poems and songs that capture the true meaning of Christmas. It contains a nice mix of well known and maybe not so familiar songs and writings about Christmas.
The illustrations are really something special, and my children love to snuggle up on the couch with this book after supper together and read through it and sing the songs together. It helps to have a book like this to re-focus on the importance of Christ as the centre of Christmas. Even though it is a children's book, I think it has an appeal that would stretch far beyond childhood. I can see how this would be a book that would actually appeal very much to those blessed with long life as it could bring back some great memories of Christmas' gone by.
I am a member of booksneeze.com by Thomas Nelson Publishers. In exchange for writing a review, I received this book for free.
Phronsie HowellAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 24, 2013Phronsie HowellAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Let me just say, words can't accurately describe the work of Mary Engelbreit. The illustrations in this compilation of Christmas writings is absolutely beautiful!
I grew up with a lot of Mary Engelbreit. My mom loves her work. The artwork in this book lives up to the Mary Engelbreit expectations. It would make a great addition to your Christmas collection. I plan on displaying it (when we aren't reading it) under the Christmas tree. The kids love the pictures, I love the words. Well worth it!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.