Saturday, November 14, 2015

Review/Giveaway: Christmas Time: It’s All About Jesus!


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From the beginning, I’ve been looking for ways to make the Christmas season about Jesus for Esmé. The Jesse Tree, Truth in the Tinsel, Why Do We Call It Christmas?, Melk the Christmas Monkey – we’ve done them all, some several times. And I’ve always been on the lookout for books that tell the classic Nativity story in new and interesting ways.

So I was pleased to find the book, Christmas Time: It’s All About Jesus! This cute, meaningful book is a great addition to a Jesus-focused Christmas collection.

Synopsis of Book

Christmas Time (Web Front)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!

About the Author

Sue BarksdaleSue 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.

Genre:  Christian children’s book 
Physical Description:  Paperback, 28 pages
List Price:  $12.99, currently on Amazon for $11.69 
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Mom’s Review:

Focus. It’s all about Jesus. The story, the devotions, the activities, all help point a child to Jesus at Christmastime.

Illustrations. The gender-neutral colorful illustrations are cute! Perfect for about the 3-6yo range.

The Writing. The story is the classic nativity one. You won’t find any surprises in it, but the poetry is easy and fun to read aloud. It’s great for the Dr. Seuss-age crowd.

The Devotions with Family Activities. These are my favorite part of the book – what makes it stand out from others. There are five – one topic for each letter of the word GLORY.There is a short devotion and prayer on the topic, followed by a typical Christmas activity that correlates with the devotion. It’s a great way to tie some of the fun things of Christmas to the center of it all – it’s all about Him!

If you’re looking for a simple way to make Christ the center of your child’s Christmas, or would like to add a fun Nativity story to your Christmas collection, this book is for you.


Yes, I can offer one blessed reader a copy of the Christmas Time: It’s All About Jesus! We’re going simple with giveaway entries here: just enter a comment of any kind on this post, along with your email address or other way for me to contact you. A winner will be randomly selected on November 21. You must have a US mailing address to win.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Aneko Press for coordinating this book for review and providing the giveaway prize. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win this giveaway!


LisasHappyHeart said...

Hi Jane, My little Kaylee, 5 years old, said to me the other day that she can't wait for Christmas to get new toys and gifts. I realized that her way of thinking is now her own. I need to reinforce God so that gifts aren't the first thing that comes to her mind when we talk about Christmas. A book to read every night, through December, would be great.
Thanks, Lisa (

Kim said...

This sounds like a great book to teach kids what the season is really all about!
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McKim said...

I would love to win this book to read to my two little grandsons. It would help to show them the true meaning of Christmas.

Lori Taube said...

For Christmas Eve we always watch "The Star of Bethlehem" and read a Christmas story before bed. This would be a wonderful addition to our tradition! Thank you for the chance!

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SexyBrat said...

I would love to win. Thanks so much.

tatertot374 said...

This would be wonderful to win for my nephews. Thank you so much!
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Jo said...

This would be a nice book for my grandson..
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Peggy Johnson said...

This would be a great book to give to show the real meaning of Christmas

Susan Smoaks said...

Christmas is all about Jesus

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My daughter would love this book!!

Denise S. said...

This would be wonderful, thank you.
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Candie L said...

I love to give Christmas books to the church. It helps remind the kids the real reason for the season. Thank you


Paige Canfield said...

Thank you for the chance, I would love to read this to my kids!

Sand said...

Oh, this looks like a great book!