Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker, Illustrated by Marijan Pamljak

As a mother who enjoys collecting seasonal books for her family, I am happy to add this one to our collection. A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker is a sweet story of a little girl who has chosen to be thankful for all of the gifts God gave us through Christ's birth rather than desire toys and dolls under the Christmas tree.

This colorful and family oriented book uses a poem to introduce Gabriel, the animals, Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The little girl uses her own toys to recreate the manger scene as you work your way through the book, while it teaches that we should not only be thankful for the season and for Christ's birth, but for everyone who was there when Christ was born and the role they played. The soft illustrations are very sweet and inviting and the padded cover and board pages make it a book that will last for many years. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has small children.

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On another note, someone asked about my Top Ten 10 for books. Here they are, in no particular order, with the exception of the first one, which is my favorite all time book...

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
A Chance to Die by Amy Carmichael
Abba's Child by Brennan Manning
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
The Shack by William Young
Christy and Julie by Catherine Marshall
Savannah Series by Denise Hildreth
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

I have to offer a disclaimer here....I read these books at different times in my life....over the course of the last 18 years or so. Some of them are fun reads, some serious, some are "learning books," some are chick books (that will make you laugh out loud). With that being said, they impacted me because of where I was in life at the time. They each provided something that I needed at the time and I can honestly say that each book changed my life. If you have read any of them, I would love to hear what you have to say...

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