The Sparkle Box – A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas
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I got this book from FlyByPromotions and was asked to read it and give my opinion. Well, at first I was a bit worried due to the age range on it. My son is 12 and I didn’t know if it would be too young for him. I actually liked it more than anyone, I think. The story was amazing and I cannot wait to put our little “Sparkle Box” that came with the book up on our cabinet for the Christmas season and see what it will contain at Christmas-time.
In today’s world, too many people have lost what the true meaning of Christmas is and this will really help to get us back in the feeling of what it should be. We live for the Lord and should look daily at the gifts He gives us and pray for what we would be able to give to others from Him.
Having this as a family tradition is now one that I will be happy to be a part of. We always try to do the “Happy Birthday Jesus”, but something like this will make that go even further. Helping others, spreading His love and allowing us to know that the true gift of Christmas is not something wrapped up, but something with which we are wrapped – God’s love through Jesus our Savior!
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s mom explains that the things that they’ve been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.
Written by: Jill Hardie
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages, with a fold-out sparkle box included!
Ages 4 to 8 (but even I loved it, and I’m WAY above those numbers!)
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace. Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
This book would be a great pre-Christmas gift to a family you love or for you to be able to take on this tradition.
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So fun! I want to give gifts to some that I know will not be giving me anything in return.
I always help out food pantries, make a donation to the local childrens hospital and always smile at every person I make eye contact with. You would be surprised at how many people tell me it’s the first genuine smile they have received all day.
What a blessing Linda – I’m going to have to remember to try to do that where I live!
We always do a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child!
Isn’t that an amazing outreach!! I love praying for the kids who will get them and having fun with my son picking things out!! What a blessing!!
I have this book too, it looks like a great one – waiting to get a little closer to Christmas to crack it open! I’ll share this contest.
What a great christmas gift idea. thanks for sharing
I plan on doing 25 Days of Random Acts of Kindness with my kids. We’ve already started writing down ideas.
What a great idea!! Kind of a different type of “Bucket List” – I love it!! 🙂