Sunday, November 21, 2010

The King's Christmas List

This new book, The King's Christmas List by Eldon Johnson, is a wonderful book that teaches children to love giving.

Emma and her dog Shu-Shu receive and invitation to the King's birthday party. They find a present to give the king and get ready to go. Along the way they encounter some people who need help. Emma gives her cape and cake to a little boy and his grandmother, and she gives her cherished teddy bear to another distraught little girl.

When she arrives at the party empty-handed, she is embarrassed that she has nothing to offer the king. She notices that even though it is the king's birthday, no one is giving gifts to him. Instead they seem to be giving gifts to each other. She asks the king about this and he explains that people have gotten so wrapped up in the spirit of giving gifts on Christmas, that they have forgotten that He, the king, also has a Christmas list.

Anyone who desires to give Me a gift, behold!
Give food to the hungry and clothes to the cold,
Give care to the poor, both young and old,
Whatever gift you've given to a person in need,
Is indeed a gift you have given to Me.

I absolutely love the message of this book. For the past couple years I have been trying to refocus our family at Christmas, and encourage ourselves to find ways to give gifts to Christ instead of each other.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

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