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Monday, December 6, 2010

The Christmas Journey

(ends December 14th)

Written as a narrative for a church banquet several years ago, The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere invites readers to break away from the consumerism and industrial marketing of Christmas. 

This simple yet profound book takes us back to the true meaning of Christmas and helps readers regain their focus as to what the season is really all about   Beautiful illustrations accompany the lyrical text which retells the birth of Christ as recorded in Luke, Chapter 2. 

Though I’ve read the Christmas story many times over and have heard it read in church services, I still found myself captivated when reading it from this book.  There’s a calm and a sense of peace as Donna writes in a very relevant format, detailing the thoughts and feelings of Mary and Joseph.  This isn’t a sweet, sugar coated story and it reinforces that our Lord and Savior came to earth in humility, because of His great love for us.  Donna writes so vividly that I could almost smell the dank, musty manger and hear the crunching of the hay, as the animals settled in. 

This book would make a wonderful addition to any family library and while its simple enough for children to understand, I think that entire families reading it will be touched and reminded of the reason we celebrate Christmas.  By far, this is one of the best books I’ve read based on the Christmas story.

Donna has written other titles such as The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing and The Christmas Hope.  The Christmas Blessing is also available on DVD which I recently found at my local library.  Make sure you have the tissues handy, if you watch it or read the book!   It is a wonderful, heartwarming story as well.

Visit this LINK for more information about Donna's Christmas movies which will be airing on Lifetime TV.

Thanks to Anne Staszalek of Authors On The Web for providing me with a review copy of this book.

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