Christmas Love Letters from God: A Review and a Giveaway

christmas-love-letters-coverGlenys Nellist has done it again.

The author of Love Letters from God brings you another powerful book for children that will open up their hearts and help them feel God is speaking right to them.

In Christmas Love Letters from God, Glenys tells the magnificent story of the birth of Jesus.  She begins with the story of Isaiah’s good news found in Isaiah 9, when he delivers a message of hope to the people:  a child will be born and He will be the light of the world.  He will deliver us and rescue us from the darkness.  He is our hope.

The book then tells each part of the Christmas story, capturing the hearts of all who read it:  Mary’s song, Joseph’s dream, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the Shepherd’s visit, and the Wise Men’s gifts.

What I love about this book is the simple, yet powerful way Glenys delivers the wonderful story of the birth of Jesus.  Her words make you feel that you are right in the story, experiencing it along with each person.  Her words draw the reader closer to Jesus, making you realize that His birth was meant to save you.

Besides the story, Glenys also provides the reader with two other pieces to this book:  God’s Perfect Promise and a lift-the-flap Love Letter from God.  God’s Perfect Promise is a nugget of truth from Scripture that the Lord writes to remind us of His perfect promise in Jesus Christ.  They are short, easy to remember verses that will allow a child to treasure that verse and recall it when they need to.

To me, the Love Letter from God is the most special part of the book. Every child that reads each letter tucked inside this book can insert their own name and read the letter as if God is speaking right to them.  And at the very end of the book is a lift-the-flap letter where the child can write their own love letter to Jesus, which is their gift to Jesus.

I read this book aloud with my 9-year old daughter.  She and I took turns reading the stories and inserting each other’s names into the letter.  When I asked my daughter what she loved about the book, she said the letters were the most special part of it.  At the end of the book, she wrote a letter to Jesus in the “My Gift to Jesus” lift-the-flap letter.  Here is what she wrote:

Dear Jesus,

I love you!  I am so glad that you were born.  What were Bible days like? 

I love you,  Shelby

That sweet letter brought tears to my eyes. Christmas Love Letters from God opened my child’s eyes and allowed her to see the love that Jesus has for her.  It opened her mind and her heart to wonder what life was like when Jesus was born.  And it also allowed her to express her love to Jesus.

One thing I was not expecting, though, was how this book would affect me.  Let me tell you…this book, I believe, is not meant just for small children, but for all children of God, even 40-year olds like myself. I felt God speaking directly to me through the words of Glenys.  The letter found in Joseph’s dream went straight to my heart:

“Never be afraid to say yes to me.  When you hear those quiet whispers in your heart – whatever I say, whatever I might ask you to do – remember that just like I helped Joseph, I will help you, too.”

I am so thankful for the ways that the Lord speaks to us.  He can use a book designed for children to be the tool He uses to speak directly to our hearts.  And when He speaks, you know it’s Him.

I highly recommend Christmas Love Letters from God . This not only would be a wonderful Christmas present for your child, but it would be a great family book as well.  You could use this book as a family devotion as you sit around the table for a meal or at night before bed.  You could read a section of this book weekly or each day leading up to Christmas Day.  You could speak each family member’s name into the letters.  You could use the verses of God’s Perfect Promise as your Bible verse to memorize each week.  You could also pray that Scripture verse over each child in your family, inserting their name as if God is speaking directly to them.  So many ways to use this book for a child or for your whole family.

I am excited to share that one person will win a copy of this special book! Zondervan is giving away a copy of Christmas Love Letters from God.  To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post.  A winner will be announced on Monday, October 24.

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15 thoughts on “Christmas Love Letters from God: A Review and a Giveaway

  1. Melissa B.

    What a wonderful book to help share the story of Jesus’ birth during Christmas! I love how it begins by telling Isaiah’s message of “a child being born and being the light of the world” just as our theme was for VBS!!!!! Excited to buy (or win!!) for our family reading this year!!

  2. Teresa Hatch

    So Awesome.

  3. Lisa Seiler

    I love the concept behind these books. I can’t think of a better way to involve a child in a Bible story and help them realize that “This is not just a story, it is written for YOU!” I haven’t met Glenys in person (yet) but I attended a service at “The church in the cornfield” (as her blog on her site says) the week after she was there and got to see and buy her other book. (I was thinking of writing “I’d love to win this one to add to my collection,” but I don’t know if that’d be too bold… hahaha!)

  4. Jessica B.

    This looks like a wonderful book to read to my family this holiday season. I would love to win! Thank you!

  5. I already have a copy, so no need to enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to say, though, what a lovely post this was! I’m saving my copy to read with my daughter as part of our devotionals leading up to Christmas. Blessings, all!

  6. Vera S

    This is a lovely book with a great message. I sure my whole family would enjoy it. 🙂

  7. Amanda

    Would love to WIN this to use with our family this holiday season.

  8. Janet Anthony

    This sounds like such a great way to get a family focused on the deep meaning of Christmas in a way kids (and adults) will be drawn into a heart relationship with Christ. Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Looks like a wonderful book to recommend to families. (Thanks for hosting the give-away offer.)

  10. Diane Grimm

    Vanessa, That you for sharing how Christmas Love Letters” inspired your daughter Shelby & you. I can’t wait to read it myself!

  11. Anita Balgenorth

    Beautiful book and Vanessa has put into words what I could not. I was touched by the stories, though I have heard them all through my life. The illustrations and the stories are blessings.

  12. Jenn Miles

    Awesome book! I was lucky enough to meet the author. What a blessing.

  13. Glenys Nellist

    Dear Vanessa, what an absolutely lovely review of the book! It was such a blessing to read, and your daughter’s love letter to Jesus was just precious! Bless you for this.
    PS.I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway! 🙂

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