Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Seeking Christmas by Renee Robinson

 It's almost Christmas time! What a perfect time to write and post this review!

"Do you wonder if the commercialization or hectic pace of the Christmas season is making it harder each year to celebrate what really matters? Do you wonder if the real message of Christmas is getting lost in the shuffle between parties, gift exchanges, and pageants? Seeking Christmas is a series of family devotions and guided, hands-on activities that give your family meaningful traditions, rich experiences, and treasured memories. More than just another Christmas devotion, Seeking Christmas is an experience. One that will grow with your family, that you will treasure for generations to come. Seek the true meaning of Christmas, find the gift that is waiting to be unwrapped by you."
(Back read): "Is the message of Christmas lost in the commercialization and hectic pace? Can we celebrate with intentional purpose? Using devotions and activities, Seeking Christmas gives your family an experience to pass down for generations to come."

This book is a devotional FOR FAMILY'S not adults. It's short 40 page book and is a great start for a Christ centered Christmas.
The book is arranged to be used over a seven day period. Each day includes an entry that invites you to, remember, read, reflect, rejoice and research. Each day is centered around a specific Biblical section concerning Christ's birth. Each day's "devotion" is short and simple. And at the beginning of the book is has a section (very detailed) on how to use the book.
"Seeking Christmas is designed to be a framework that your family can take and craft into your own distinct holiday tradition." 
There are question prompts to encourage family discussion in each chapter. Each prompt is divided into age appropriate questions; 9 and under, 10-14 and 15+.  
..the one problem I had with the book is you must sign up for the authors newsletter (details and website are in the beginning of the book) to receive "your ornaments and journal downloads"...seems like a cheap way to gain blog followers. Also, the only thing I received for the "Seeking Christmas Journal" was just pictures I can cut and glue into a journal, I was expecting writing prompts...the ornaments you print, cut and glue onto actual ornaments. You could easily DIY it without signing up for the newsletter. All the ornaments are, are Biblical pictures (like the ones found throughout the book) and on the back a bible verse that has to do with Christmas time.
All in all, this book is a wonderful way to begin a Christ based Christmas tradition...It's a great place to start and is easily expanded. If you're looking for something that contains lots of info/crafts, this isn't the book. If you're trying to figure out how to teach your family to focus more on Christ during Christmas time and you don't even know where to start, this book will help. This book is really for...beginners. Those who aren't sure where to start, how to start or feel overwhelmed when they think about starting.

(Has nothing to do with how I liked the book, but) something cool is when you purchase this book, 10% of the authors royalties are donated to help orphans. 4 out of 5 stars.

As a courtesy to the publisher and author of the book (I'm not getting paid), I'd like to offer a link if anyone is interested in buying this book, check it out HERE.

I received this book to review through BookCrash. I was encouraged to express my full opinion. I also want to thank both BookCrash and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24

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