I am an avid reader. Through homeschooling, and simply having the time we needed to read, my older children have become voracious readers, as well. The jury is still out on the youngest two since they are still not quite to ‘reading-on-their-own age’, but I am pretty sure that they are well on their way to becoming book lovers, too!
When I learned that Matt Helmintoller, an old acquaintance from a previous city of residence, had written a children’s book, I was thrilled for him! And I was ecstatic when he was willing to provide a review copy for me.
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One December Night Review
One December Night is a fairly quick read, and the lines rhyme, so it is pleasing to the ear. The photos are beautifully done, as well. Kudos to Mark Baiz, the illustrator!
What did I love about the book?
- Even though our family does not ‘do’ Santa, many families in the world make him a huge part of their Christmas celebrations. I love that Matt incorporates that tradition of Santa into the book while also pointing to the ultimate reason for Christmas ~ Jesus.
- The questions that Anna asks in the book are questions that any child might ask. He takes her on an adventure with a well-loved icon to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, and to spread the gospel message that He was sent to save!
- In the book, santa asks Anna “What will you do?” with the information that she has been given. This sends the message that some action must be taken. God’s gift of Jesus and salvation through Him is freely given, but we must believe and accept it. Action.
- This challenge to take action is followed up with an invitation. Matt tells readers that they have an opportunity to receive Jesus’ free gift. Included in the book is a page with what we know as the sinner’s prayer. Children and adults alike are given the opportunity to pray the prayer, accept Jesus’ gift, and pledge to follow Him daily. There is even a place to record the date, just an extra bonus to this precious book!
For a closer look at One December Night, visit Amazon. The book is available in softcover as well as in a Kindle version. Pricing is set at $14.02 for the softcover and $3.99 for Kindle. Please do confirm the price before purchasing, as prices are subject to change.
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