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06 December, 2015

The Innkeeper's Christmas Eve Book #Review #InnkeepersChristmasEve

     Around the holidays, it can be hard for Christians to keep the reason for the season at the forefront.  We become so stressed about making sure we have the gifts we need for cousin Betty and Uncle Ned, how much things will cost, whether the house looks okay, whether or not travel plans are set... it gets overwhelming.  It's so easy to get bogged down and forget why we're celebrating.

     Truth is, I haven't made a big effort to put the Christ in Christmas over the years.  Yes, we go to the local Bethlehem and we do the church play.  He gets more recognition in this home during the holidays than Santa.  But in our actual home, I don't do much.  But starting this year, I've got a new tradition.  While everyone reads the Night Before Christmas, I'll be reading The Innkeeper's Christmas Eve by Barbara B. Rollins and Illustrated by Sandy Lewis Carter.  It takes the classic bouncy feel of Night Before Christmas, but the words tell the story of Jesus' birth.

     I think that's pretty neat and I know my kids will like it.  The book follows the Innkeeper as he watched the whole story play out.  From being asked for a room, to watching Joseph make a bed for Mary in the straw, to seeing the start light up the sky and the shepherds leave their sheep to come see the baby.  And no, fellow Christians, the Wise Men are NOT in the book.

     I love how the illustrations vary from page to page.  On some pages, it's colored and on some it's not, some pages look like painted canvas.  But at the same time, they all go together so well.
     I just love that my family has this option.  The wording is easy to read and flows smoothly, the story is accurate to the Bible, and what's extra cool is that the whole story from scripture is in the back of the book.  It's a wonderful addition to our library and we'll be reading it every year from now on.

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Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

1 comments:

Barbara Rollins said...

Tiffany, thank you so much for your thoughtful review of The Innkeeper's Christmas Eve. It was a pleasure getting to know you a little bit, and I'll be following your blog from this point forward.

 
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