21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest GiftKathy IdeBroadstreet Publishing Group / 2015 / Hardcover$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas Treasury to CherishDecember 5, 2017MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed the stories in this collection--a variety fitting for the season--it's like decorating your mind for Christmas. Many of these touched my heart and a few evoked tears. The stories themselves are all winners, but the spiritual application following each adds another element of depth. Several of the entries focus on the very first Christmas, bringing out various elements and causing the reader to consider what it must have been like to experience it firsthand. It's hard to choose a favorite tale. I think I'll make a new tradition to read this book each December. It could be read aloud to the family too. It definitely helps get one in the spirit of the season. The small hardback book with a ribbon bookmark would make a great gift too, one to cherish from year to year. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5EnjoyedDecember 4, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is such an enjoyable "devotional", depending on your definition of devotional. Not only does it have some great stories but each short story ends in a short devotional or life application.
I really liked the layout, and the stories were quick and easy to read, yet heartfelt. It is written by a collection of different authors, but ties together beautifully for the Christmas season. Each story and application point to Christ and a Heavenly Father who loves and cares about us.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig a little deeper this Christmas and focus more on the meaning of Christmas over the hustle and bustle and chaos of the holiday.
It would make a very nice gift. I plan on using it with my family throughout the holiday season. I was blessed with a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and was not asked or required to review it positively.
Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Filled with wonderful short Christmas stories!December 3, 2017Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a fantastic devotional for December. Each story is short and easy to read. Some of them are very thought provoking. Others are simply sweet and a delight to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that each story is followed by an application section. This helped me to take each one and truly think about what can be learned from it.
They all definitely point to God and the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. The most magical Christmas present ever.
I received a free copy of this gift sized book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
Deana4 Stars Out Of 5Christmas StoriesNovember 27, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book is a collection of short stories with a biblical reference tucked inside. I loved each story and found them encouraging. I love at the end of each story is a life application and scripture to reinforce the story. This brings the story to a beautiful remembrance of His Word. We are reminded about His grace and His provision.
Each story is filled with emotion and reminds us that God is there for you, ready to provide whatever you need. So seek Him today. I loved reading that, because as the holidays approach, it becomes hard for me to find joy. So many bad memories of growing up and other tragic events have robbed me of my joy. I struggle to get through the holidays each year. I cry for the little girl who never received gifts and was told that I was not wanted. As I read through the book today, I was overwhelmed with the truth. He is there for me and I have forgotten to cry out to Him.
I loved each story and how they remind us to remember what the true meaning of Christmas is about. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we forget about a sweet baby born long ago that grew up to save us . I cry every time I think about the story of His birth. How precious it is to know that no matter what we have done, He loves us unconditionally. Thank you for a book that lifted my spirits and reminded me that I am not alone.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Twenty-one authors contribute a Devotion and Life ApplicationNovember 26, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sunday, November 26, 2017
21 Days of Christmas: Stories that Celebrate God's Greatest Gift compiled by Kathy Ide, 2015
A Fiction Lover's Devotional series, Book 2
Twenty-one authors contribute a Devotion and Life Application within this hardcover book with a ribbon bookmark! Just the right size to slip into your purse and take along with you ~ to share with a friend over a mocha coffee or chai tea latte!
Join Joanne Bischof's Becca Fletcher on her Balsam Walk.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of Gods varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God suppliesin order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10, 11 ESV
Watch what path you may be on this Christmastime ~ it may be in your own family right close at home. Or to cross the path of someone from long ago...
Lena Nelson Dooley's story, "The Christmas Child of 1864," is a war torn story of the gift of grace given. He turns our mourning into J*O*Y as only He can. A gift to last beyond pain to mend a heart.
Kindness is an antidote to sadness or feeling alone ~ to share a word of encouragement and a different way of looking at where you are.
"Christmas Then and Now" is shared by David B. Carl. In his Life Application he shares how Jesus was born in a stable; Herod would not look for Him there. The "Now" family found their gift ~ His J*O*Y received on Christmas Eve.
***Thank you to Celebrate Lit and Broadstreet Publishers for this copy of 21 Days of Christmas. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***