Give This Christmas Away: 101 Simple, Thoughtful & Loving Ways
I love this little book! Since I'm a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, it makes it much more special. Everyone should buy it!!
December 21, 2009
Matthew West, (History, Happy, Something to Say cds) singer and songwriter of some of the greatest songs on Christian radio(More, The Motions, Only Grace and others) can now add "Author" to his resume!101 simple & thoughtful ways to give this Christmas Away is a small gift book based on his new song, titled Give this Christmas Away, co-written with Amy Grant. However, no cd single was included in the book, (as is standard in other gift books) and that was a bit disappointing since it would have really enhanced the message if the song could also be listened to at the same time. (I guess that's what itunes is for, though!)The ideas in this book are exactly what the title says, simple, thoughtful- and inexpensive - ways to give.This would make a very sweet gift this year. Many of the ideas may even become family traditions. I would encourage you to just start with some small idea within this book and add to it each passing year.
December 17, 2009
Are you tired of the same old rushed, harried Christmas season? Look no further than this new book by Matthew West for inspiration on how to spend your time this holiday season. Packed with 101 thoughtful, often simple, yet sometimes challenging one page meditations on how to make the Christmas holiday not only more meaningful for yourself but also for the ones you bless, this small volume will have you thinking about the meaning behind Christmas. For each page contains a short Scripture quotation, perhaps calling to mind God's love for His people and His great gift to us as well as Scriptural admonitions to give to others.If you have been stumped for ideas on how to celebrate Christmas by sharing Christ's love to others, then open this volume and slow down and sing a Christmas carol, smile, fill and donate a shoebox to Operation Christmas Child, comfort the brokenhearted, and consider ninety-six other ways to love others this Christmas. You just might begin a treasured Christmas tradition! I believe our own family will. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for me by Tyndale House Publishers.
December 2, 2009
Wow! Matthew West wrote a book! A good book! Usually he writes songsreally, really good songs. But the song he wrote for the latest Veggie Tales movie gave him the idea for a book, so he wrote that, too. Its really good. (Did I say that already?)"101 Simple & Thoughtful Ways to Give This Christmas Away" is a small hardback (6.5 x 6.5). Each page lists one idea for giving Christmas away followed by Wests explanation of the idea and a Bible verse. (I had no idea there were so many Bible verses about giving, yet they were all familiar verses. Seeing them all together in one place made me realize maybe I take them for granted sometimes.)Throughout the book, West shares personal stories of times he was challenged to give in these ways. I especially appreciated the stories of his grandfather and father giving to others in ways that taught him. Some ideas are extremely simple, like giving a smile, others are more challenging, like giving till it hurts or giving to an enemy. But each idea is well presented, thought-provoking, and easy to understand. Some of Wests ideas draw attention to well-known charities such as Operation Christmas Child and the Salvation Army.If you are looking for simple ideas to make Christmas giving more meaningful this yearand for giving all year round!I highly recommend this cute, little book.Thank you Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this complimentary copy to review.
November 21, 2009