Christmas Time: It's All About Jesus! by Sue M. Barksdale {Children's Book Giveaway}

I love everything about the holidays! The decorations, the festive music, and spending it all with my family. Of course there is one other thing about the holidays that means a lot to me, and that is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Now that I'm a mother, I have the amazing privilege of also teaching my son about Jesus' birth and the true meaning of the season.

There are many books out there that tell the wonderful tale of our Lord's birth. I recently discovered Christmas Time: It's All About Jesus, which has been a true joy to read to my little one.

Since Christmas is such a captivating time of year, it’s the perfect setting for telling children about the miracle of the Lord Jesus Christ’s birth. Using selected passages from the first chapters of the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Christmas Time – It’s All About Jesus tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a delightfully poetic and child-like way. The sensational illustrations create an unforgettable image, so a child can always remember the true meaning of Christmas. As an added bonus, Pastor Russ and Sue have developed devotionals to be used by families to enrich their Christmas celebrations. These are complete with attributes and names of Jesus, questions for discussion, and activities to do as a family to share Christ with those around them. Coupled together, this story and devotionals will enhance your celebration of Christmas during the season and all year long!

Sue Murray Barksdale has been a pastor’s wife, mom, and educator for over 30 years. She and her husband Russ live in Arlington, Texas, where Russ pastors the multi-site The Church on Rush Creek, a multi-site church. Sue has a BS in Elementary Education from The University of Houston and enjoys teaching at a public charter school in their neighborhood. Russ and Sue consider their relationship with their grown children and spouses and their six beautiful grandchildren as one of the greatest blessings in life! Their desire to leave a legacy of Christ-centered lives motivated them to write this book for their own family and all the children in their sphere of influence. This is Sue’s second book, her first being G.I.F.T.S.: A Prayer Book for Kids and Those Who Love Them.

Illustrator, Alicia T. Young has an amazing way of creating such adorable depictions of biblical characters in gorgeous vibrant colors. These illustrations are on the top of my list of favorites when it comes to children's books. The text is shown in swirls throughout each page. It took a little bit of getting used to when it came to reading the line breaks, but I actually like the unique way the text was written. It gives the book an extra something.

Speaking of text, the author does a wonderful job at putting together the story of Christ's birth in a way that children are sure to love. My son really enjoys me reading this to him, and it feels good to be able to share the true meaning of Christmas. In the back of the book, you'll also find five devotions that you could read with your child to help celebrate the season.

Christmas Time: It's All About Jesus is another one of those holiday books that you are going to want to pick up at the book store. Now that we own this book, I can't imagine my son's library without it.

I am so excited to also offer a giveaway right here on Our Everyday Harvest! The publisher has graciously provided me with a second copy of Christmas Time: It's All About Jesus. One winner will be chosen to receive this sweet Christmas book for the little ones in their life.

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