Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Kings Christmas List by Eldon Johnson, Illustrated by Bonnie Leick

I recently received a copy of The Kings Christmas List by Eldon Johnson to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The story begins with a little girl, Emma, and her dog, Shu-Shu. They receive an invitation to the King's birthday party. They face a dilemma of what kind of present do you take to the King? After selecting the most prized presents, they set off to attend the party. Along the way, Emma encounters families with needs and her gifts end up being given away as she makes her way to the castle. One she arrives, she realizes that she is coming to the Kings birthday party empty handed. However, the King assures her that she has come with the best present ever - a willingness to give and serve others (based on Matthew 25:40). The story ends with the reminder that by stopping to love others and share the things that are dear to us, we show others what God's love looks like.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing this with my children as Christmas draws near. I think the beautiful illustrations and the way the author used Emma's childlike gifts, will help children understand that giving occurs on so many levels. Without a doubt this will spur my daughter to give from her heart so that others will see Jesus this Christmas. I am so excited to see what elements of giving this will bring into our family this Christmas season. I would recommend this book to any parent wanting to keep Christ the focus of Christmas. This book definitely provides a jumping off point for a family to discuss the real meaning of Christmas and how we can show God's love to the least among us.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through 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.

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