I remember that Christmas like it was yesterday. The way my heart was lighter because of all the surrendering. The way the house sparkled with Christmas lights for the first time in years.
After all the years of sorrow during the holidays, it was the first Christmas of joy.
Infertility has this way of zapping the light from the Christmas season. All the things I planned to one day do with my children just left heaps of heartache lying around under my feet– so usually I tried to duck and rush through the holidays.
But when this Christmas came along, things were different. We still didn’t have a child, but God was healing up all the broken pieces inside me. He was bringing light to all the years of sorrow and I was clinging tight to him.
And there were these boys.
“Christmas! was a breath of fresh air into
a story that I’ve seemingly heard hundreds of times…
yet I loved having a fresh perspective and
a bigger look at the entire story as God intended us
to see Christmas as.”
–Rachel Zupke, Mason Jar Values
We just babysat them. It wasn’t anything huge. But I still had to be home to catch the bus each day and it made me smile. God was doing good things in my life.
And when I started reading them the story of Christmas– they listened with rapt attention. If I almost forgot, the bigger boy would tug on my shirt and say, “Don’t forget the story, Tasha! Don’t forget!”
So I didn’t. And we remembered, together, the greatest love story in all eternity.
And now Christmas! The Whole Story of the God Who Loves is in print!
“If you buy just one book for
Advent this year, make it this one.
Whether you have busy little ones
or just want to be reminded
of God’s love yourself,
there’s something very special about
the way Christmas! tells the old, old story,
making it come back to life
and feel very real and personal again.”
–Chantel Brankshire at Kindred Grace
There were so many delays with getting Christmas! on shelves this November. I was juggling adoption paperwork and a move and a dozen other little stressful things in my life.
But it made it.
And when I mailed off the review copies, I sighed in relief. Maybe the reviewers wouldn’t like it, but at least I had it sent to reviewers!
But the book is getting positive reviews and I am smiling every time I look at the lovely hardback copy on my counter. It’s here. And God is doing good things with it.
And I am forced to remember again: I serve a God who loves.
I really do.
And you, friend? I hope you serve Him as well.
“I want your children to be blessed by it,
to hear the story of the Snake and the Snake-killer...
of the good God, and how good he really is.”
If you want to hear more of the background story for Christmas! you can check out this post: How God is Still Redeeming My Pain.
- I am so blessed by Jessica Lawton @ Ed Snapshots for putting together a printable list of motions to do along with the stories! If you have a bunch of wiggly little ones, this awesome list will give you great ideas to keep their minds engaged as you read!
- And another wonderful reviewer also put together a fun list of activities to do along with the book! Check out Marissa’s review on All in Good Twine.
p.s. If you decide to purchase 10 or more for gifts, or to share at your church– make sure you get them through our publishers website, there’s a discount! 🙂