Item description for We Believe In Christmas by Karen Kingsbury...
Overview The joy and sacrifice of the first Christmas is contrasted with the busy and secular holiday season of the present time.
If we want the perfect star to shine upon our tree, Look and see that Brightest Star, and there will Christmas be. On Christmas we give and get presents, we sing songs, and we decorate our homes. But what is Christmas really about? Is our happy holiday a Holy Day? Find out why we place the star on the Christmas tree. Imagine Christmas guests as travelers of long ago. And let the beautiful song Silent Night fill your mind with pictures of the night Jesus was born. Because Christmas is God s gift to us and if we look around and remember, we ll learn to see the real Christmas. This endearing story by bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury will capture the hearts of children and parents and grandparents will appreciate the applications they can share."
Citations And Professional Reviews We Believe In Christmas by Karen Kingsbury has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2009
School Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 95
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2008 page 1160
Kirkus Reviews - 11/01/2008
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 10" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310712122 ISBN13 9780310712121 UPC 025986712129
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Kingsbury
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 inspirational novelist, with more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print. She has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists. Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest with their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. You can visit Karen's website at www.karenkingsbury.com.
Karen Kingsbury currently resides in Fairfax, in the state of Virginia. Karen Kingsbury was born in 1963.
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Reviews - What do customers think about We Believe In Christmas?
A New Family Tradition Of The First Silent Night Dec 27, 2009
Do you believe in Christmas? If you don't, you will after reading this wonderful book by an amazing author!
Karen Kingsbury's use of rhyming is wonderful. The way she puts the TRUE meaning of Christmas into each and every line is greatly amazing.
When you sit down with your family, you can open this book to read to them and be taken back to the very FIRST Christmas, where all was calm on that silent night that the Savior was born.
Of all the children's books by Karen Kingsbury, this one is by far my absolute favorite. I loved this book and the details in the pictures that go perfectly with the words God gives to Ms. Kingsbury.
If you are looking to start a new family Christmas tradition, or just wanting to add to an old tradition, this is the perfect one...sit down with your family, get all cozy and warm with some mugs of hot cocoa or hot apple cider, open Karen Kingsbury's We Believe In Christmas, and be taken to that FIRST Christmas and find out the TRUE meaning behind it.
Definitely no less than 5 stars! Two thumbs, too!
*This book was purchased for my collection by myself on this site*
great keepstake Mar 4, 2009
This book is one you will want to keep for years to come. You will get it out every Christmas to read to your grandchildren and share with others.
An instant family Christmas classic Dec 22, 2008
We Believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury and illustrated by Daniel Brown is the perfect book for the holidays. Here's Mia's review: I liked how much this book talked about God in Christmas. My favorite page was the cover with the little girl as Jesus' mommy. This is one of my favorite books in the whole world, because it's the Christmassiest. Now my review. I really enjoyed reading this book to Mia, partly because of the absolutely beautiful pictures on every page and also because of so many of the different traditions associated with Christmas the artist captures and are worked into the story as a way to remember the true meaning of Christmas. The book emphasizes the real meaning of Christmas without being preachy. It says that it's ok to sit on Santa's lap, say Happy Holidays, and other secular traditions, as long as we keep hold to Christ at the heart of Christmas. I think that Mia was able to grasp the message without feeling like she was being taught a lesson. The family at the center of the book is wonderfully drawn, and their faces are so full of expression. Each pagei s truly a work of art. We've read this book several times, and immediately after the first time, Mia wanted to read it again. Another reason she enjoyed it was the repetition of the concluding phrase on every page (except the last one), she loved being able finish it herself. Kingsbury has created an instant classic.
Share the true meaning of Christmas with your children this holiday season! Dec 4, 2008
Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is finally upon us. The hustle and bustle of decorations, gift buying, and parties is enough to tire out the most ardent Christmas enthusiast. As we're in the midst of all the busyness, it is far too easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Is it a happy holiday or a Holy Day? That's precisely the question Karen Kingsbury sets out to answer in this book.
As you read We Believe in Christmas, you will have the opportunity to observe a family as they get ready for, drive to, and then participate in the Christmas pageant at their church. You'll get a sense of the hurriedness throughout much of the story as you look at the expressions on everyone's faces. As the scenery changes on each new page, you'll encounter many of the sights and symbols we typically associate with Christmas: Christmas trees, carolers, nativity scenes, lights, etc. In most stories the background scenery is just that, background scenery. However, in this story, it is a key part of the message. During the Christmas season, we're able to encounter Jesus Christ in the things that are all around us, the tangible things we can see and hear. As you read the story and look at the illustrations you'll have a great opportunity to share the true meaning behind the sights and symbols of the Christmas season with your children. Also, as you're out and about and you encounter the sights, symbols, and sounds of Christmas in the real world, don't let those opportunities pass you by. Slow down and take a few minutes to share the true meaning of Christmas with your children.
Adults and children alike will be captivated by Daniel Brown's wonderful illustrations. I especially liked looking at the scenery outside the windows of the minivan as the family drove to church. Karen Kingsbury's writing is a joy to read as well. The short poetic verses on each new page give a rhythm and cadence to the story that moves it along at a great pace and makes it fun to read. This is yet another fine Christmas book published by Zonderkidz this year. I'd encourage you to share this book with your children and more importantly the true meaning of Christmas behind the sights, symbols, and sounds you will encounter this Christmas season.
Karen Kingsbury has been writing since she was five years old. She is one of the best-selling inspirational authors in America with over 5 million books in print.
Daniel Brown got his start tracing sports stars from newspapers as a child. Thirty years later, he has had the opportunity to paint major leaguers and has had his work featured in many books and magazines.
The true meaning of Christmas! Oct 9, 2008
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (10/08)
"We Believe in Christmas" takes a look back and encourages us to remember the true meaning of Christmas and the events that take place during the season. For example, "Now when we welcome traveling guests, no matter whom we greet, remember those three traveling guests, and there will Christmas be."
Cayden: "There is Baby Jesus on the cover in the manger."
Cayden: "They are dressed up different. I bet they are going to be in a play."
Max: "Star in sky! Make wish!" Cayden: "What is `wondrous awe'?
Cayden: "They are singing `Silent Night.' I think I know that song!" Max: "People singing on road!"
Cayden: "There is a person ringing a bell with a red money bucket like they do outside Pick `n Save! I get to put the money in the bucket!"
Cayden: "See! They are in a play! "
Cayden: "I liked the pictures in the book but there were a lot of words that I didn't know what they meant. I could tell what was going on by looking at the pictures though."
Cayden: "We need to make sure that we put money in the red bucket when they have them out!" (Salvation Army)
"We Believe in Christmas" by Karen Kingsbury conveys many important messages about the real meaning of the Christmas season. I think that Cayden, at age 4, grasped some of the main points but many of the concepts and wording were a little difficult for him to comprehend. The back of the book says that the book is for Ages 4-7 and I think that children at the latter end of that age group would get the most out of the book. With that said, this book is a wonderful one in presenting to children the true meaning of Christmas and I think it would be an excellent addition to any child's bookshelf!