Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Amish Christmas:December in Lancaster County by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron

Follow the lives of three Amish families through the Christmas season.

A Miracle for Miriam: Miriam fell for Seth, but he broke her heart. Years later, after he’s nearly killed in an accident, Miriam sees him at a Christmas party and notices something is different about him—not just how he looks, but how he acts. When Seth pursues her, she must decide whether to guard her heart or accept his love.

A Choice to Forgive: Lydia has loved two men in her life. Daniel disappeared one Christmas Eve long ago, leaving only a note saying he wanted to live in the Englisch world. And Elam, Daniel's brother, to whom she has been happily married for 15 years. When Elam dies, Lydia gives up on ever loving again. But she is shocked when Daniel wants to return to the Order and her life.

One Child: The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On this snowy Lancaster Christmas Eve, another child will change the world of two couples.

I truly have high opinions of this book. I recieved, read and reviewed in ONE day. This is set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I am from Pennsylvania and I loved reading about the different places that I,myself, have been to! In the winter time too!

The 3 authors combined their talent and wove the stories together in an inspiring way. They use faith, God, friendship, love and blessings to tell the stories of these wonderful characters.

I didn't want the story to end but new it had too. This book has found a permenent home on my bookshelf, and each year,at Christmas, I will read it again and again!

~A Copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~

Friday, November 13, 2009

Read and Share: The Story of Christmas by Gwen Ellis

A truly wonderful read for children and their parents! The DVD combo idea was magnificent as both truly tell the wonderous story of Christmas in a way that will be forever in a child's mind!

Written in a way that little minds will comprehend, Gwen Ellis tells a wonderful story of how Christmas came to be, from Zachariah's story to the birth of Jesus to the Wiseman. I have a 5 year old and a 7 year old and they both sat in awe as I read this story to them.

The pictures that are used in this book complete the story so well. It is like the words were written to go with the pictures, not the pictures to go with the words. My children had as much fun telling their own Christmas Story just from the pictures as they did listening to the story and watching the DVD.

This is a book that I would give as a gift to anyone who has children from the ages of 2 and up. It is a fun and inspiring read for everyone and wonderful new tradition to start for the whole family.

A 5 star rating for both illustrations, story telling and DVD addition. Well done, Gwen Ellis!!

~This book was provided for the purpose of review from Thomas Nelson Publishing Company. No money was recieved for this opinion.