November 27, 2015

Having a Thankful Heart During the Holidays: A Very Merry Christmas Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jensen {Children's Book Giveaway}

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Christmas time – what a perfect occasion to tell the story of Jesus' birth. Most children want to enjoy the many traditional customs that come around this time of year, such as decorating the Christmas tree, watching holiday movies, and even giving/opening presents. A Very Merry Christmas Prayer is a children's book that shows the many fun activities of the holiday, but at the same time still reminds little ones about the true meaning of the season.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Following bestselling titles A Pumpkin Prayer and An Easter Prayer, celebrate Christ’s birth with the new release A Very Merry Christmas Prayer. Enjoy the wonder of Christmas with a thankful heart. These little woodland animals are full of joy over so many blessings, from twinkling lights and sparkling snowflakes to family fun and the gift of God’s love. Join the celebration with gratitude and make this your own very merry Christmas prayer!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bonnie Rickner Jensen has been encouraging hearts around the world for over twenty years. Along with her career in greeting cards she's written bestselling and award-winning books for children. Her favorite inspirations are her grandchildren, running, and sunshine. She lives and works from her home in Cleveland, Ohio.

 
When I received A Very Merry Christmas Prayer, the first thing that stuck out for me was the beautiful design of the book. On the cover is a Christmas tree and the whole right side of the book is cut out to match the shape of the branches. There's also a glittery overlay on the tree's garland and snowflakes. I thought these two aspects were pretty neat and definitely added to the Christmas theme of the book. Of course, I can't forget to mention the lovely illustrations by Natalia Moore, showing whimsical woodland creatures as they take a part in the season's festivities such as caroling, ice skating, and making snow angels. My son really enjoys looking at all of the wonders of this book.




Jesus will always be the reason for the season. I'll continue to teach my little one that Christmas is a time to celebrate our Lord's birth. This is first and foremost. During the season, of course, we also like to enjoy the practical things like decorating the tree, making cookies, and listening to holiday tunes. As we step into the season, it's nice to take a look at all of these things that make Christmas time a lot of fun, and realize that we have so much to be thankful for. That is one of the many things that I really like about this book. From strings of lights on the tree that shine like the Star of Bethlehem to yummy holiday baked treats that remind us that God brings joy throughout, A Very Merry Christmas Prayer compares the many worldly Christmas traditions that we all cherish, and connects them with God. 


If you're looking for a children's book that encompasses all of the favorite pastimes of Christmas, but at the same time reminds little ones about the true meaning of the holiday, then A Very Merry Christmas Prayer is definitely one to get. Children will love the adorable illustrations and the meaningful message that it brings.

I am so excited to also offer a chance to win a A Very Merry Christmas Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jensen! One Our Everyday Harvest reader is going to receive a copy of this book, which is a true must in any child's library of holiday reads!

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59 comments:

Julie Lundstrom said...

I like putting up the Christmas tree and Holiday baking.

Ken Ohl said...

watching christmas carol on christmas eve and gathering with family and friends

Chad Gustafson said...

Baking, decorating, watching football

Amber G said...

I`m a Giver. I would Rather give then Receive..I enjoy watching the Children open there Presents and also love to give to the less fortunate

Summer B. said...

Making cookies with my kids.

Sara Filler said...

we love going to a drive through light display with family.

Sara Filler said...

we love going to a drive through light display with family.

Tina Voyles said...

Still watch Rudolph with our hot chocolate and this year with our first grand baby!

ChelseyL said...

We like to put up the tree and watch the Grinch!

Kelly said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Congrats on your new grandbaby! :-)

Kelly said...

Always so much fun! :-)

Kelly said...

Oh that is a definite favorite for our family, too! They have a beautiful one set up at our local county park. It's amazing!

Kelly said...

Always a favorite! :-)

Kelly said...

Same here, Julie! :-)

Kelly said...

We also love the Christmas movies and being with family and friends around the holidays!

Kelly said...

All favorites of the holidays! My husband would give this comment two thumbs up, since he loves his football! :-)

Kelly said...

I feel the same exact same way, Amber! It's always a joy to watch my loved ones open their gifts. :-)

Ashley Pomykala said...

I love spending as much time with both of my families as I can.

Julie Waldron said...

We like sitting around the Christmas tree & drinking hot coco.

jaimeb said...

Our family loves going to our town's park and seeing all of the Christmas lights. Christmas Eve service is always wonderful as well. Although, my father in law is the preacher so I may be a little biased. It's always a wonderful service ending with everyone holding their own candle and singing Silent Night.

Shakeia Rieux said...

we like to bake cookies and decorate the tree

Angela T said...

Putting up the tree and drive around looking at lights

Clara said...

Fun

Sara said...

Decorating the tree and reminiscing about the ornaments

Tessa Wear said...

I love baking for the holidays. And watching my favorite must see every single year holiday movies!
Elf, Rudolph, and White Christmas!

Stacie Humphrey said...

Watching Christmas shows together and making & decorating gingerbread houses. :)

Kelly said...

There's nothing like being with family!

Kelly said...

Mmmmm, I love hot cocoa!

Kelly said...

These all sound like wonderful Christmas traditions! Singing Silent Night at church with everyone holding the candles has always been a very beautiful moment for me, as well.

Kelly said...

Always favorites of ours, too! :-)

Kelly said...

It' always fun seeing what out neighbors have in store for decorations every year. :-)

Kelly said...

We also love watching holiday movies. That is a must for us every year!

Kelly said...

Gingerbread houses are always a lot of fun! :-)

Kelly said...

I also enjoy doing this. I still have ornaments from when I was a young girl that I always cherish. We also started this tradition a few years ago where we buy at least one new ornament that that signifies something pertaining to that year (Baby's First Christmas, First House, etc.)

Kelly said...

Everything about Christmas is definitely fun!

Merry said...

We love decorating the tree, riding around to look at Christmas lights and going to our church's Christmas Eve candlelight service.

Michael N Michelle Hensley said...

Favorite things to do are driving to see lights and christmas shows

Kelly said...

All fun things to do around the holidays! :-)

Kelly said...

There's nothing quite like that Christmas Eve service! :-)

kelly mcgrew said...

we like to drive around and look at peoples' christmas lights!

megan tilley said...

We make Christmas morning rolls before we open presents on Christmas day!

Karen R. Propes said...

I have a large ceramic Nativity Set I made years ago. For each 12 days of Christmas we read from the bible and move the pieces from around the house towards our mantel where the barn is awaiting for the King to be born. It's so special because we all take part moving the pieces and reading.

Kelly said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! :-)

Kelly said...

We do the same thing! It's always nice to look at everyone's decorations.

Kelly said...

That sounds like such a neat tradition! Thank you for sharing, Karen!

Marie Cantelli said...

WE make home made Christmas ornaments for our family every year. The kids and I hand out cookies and candies that we made to the neighbors and school staff as well. They have fun getting involved.

Patty D said...

We love baking holiday goodies and sharing them with the neighbors and our church family.

Kelly said...

What a generous way to share the Christmas spirit! :-)

Kelly said...

That sounds wonderful, Marie! What a great way for children to learn about sharing and giving! :-)

lshumack said...

I love making sugar cookies and a gingerbread house with my daughter!

Melinda 'Murphy' Atwell said...

We love to look at Christmas lights and attend the Christmas eve service at church- and of course watching Christmas movies!

Nancy said...

We like to decorate our Christmas and enjoy special family meals together.

Sue Hull said...

Every Christmas we all go to my moms house for brunch, presents,watching Christmas movies and just makung fun memories. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas time. My mom always made lots of yummy desserts and she still does. Thank you for the chance :)
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Leela said...

I love baking Christmas cookies.

Kelly said...

You're very welcome, Sue! Those all sound like wonderful memories. :-)

Kelly said...

Yummy! Baking is always so much fun during the holidays!

Kelly said...

Family meals are the best! Thank you for sharing, Nancy! :-)

Kelly said...

Yummy! I love sugar cookies! :-)

Kelly said...

All wonderful holiday activities! :-)

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