A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker – Good Read

Always ready to add to our Christmas book collection, I requested this book to review from booksneeze. I was not at all disappointed. This story is a very cute retelling of the Christmas story. A child, surrounded by parents and small sibling, acts out the Christmas story and thanks God for the various characters in the Christmas Story – calling them each “precious Christmas gifts” to all of us. The story ends with the child thanking God for Jesus, the “perfect Christmas gift.”

With uncomplicated, yet very cute illustrations, this retelling of the Christmas story in rhyming verses from a child’s perspective is simply adorable. I enjoyed the inclusion of all the characters from the story, and I especially loved how the story includes the Wise Men, without improperly placing them at the stable in Bethlehem. I also loved how the story emphasizes the true reason for the season of Christmas on the first page, where the child says, “So this, my Christmas prayer, is not for toys and dolls – it’s thanking You for Christmas gifts, You’ve given to us all.”

My two-year old also approves of this book and it will definitely be one of the stories we pull out at Christmas-time for years to come.

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Many thanks to Tommy Nelson for providing this book to me for free. They did not ask for a positive review, merely an honest one.

~ jenelle

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