Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas 2013

Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You're Never Too Little for His Love!
Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Hardcover
 In an adult-centered world, do your 4- to 7-year-olds worry that they're too little to "matter"? That's just how two first-century field mice feel---until a wondrous trip to Bethlehem changes everything! In this charming picture book, Lucado explains that the King of kings loves all of us---great and small! 32 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

 Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts

B & H Publishing Group / 2013 / Hardcover

Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts  -     By: Franklin Graham, Donna Lee Toney
 Over the past 20 years over one hundred million shoebox gifts have been collected and distributed by Operation Christmas Child. Headed by Franklin Graham, and supported by millions of caring Christians around the world, OCC has encouraged and inspired the hearts of millions of children in need. In this volume, Graham shares the remarkable story of the beginning of OCC and dozens of stories of the lives impacted by these gifts.
You'll read about children like 12 year-old Lejla from war-torn Bosnia, who just the day before receiving her first shoebox had lost a friend, killed in a mine field. Walking to school that day in worn-out shoes that didn't keep the snow from her frozen feet, she despaired and decided to walk through the mine field herself, hoping to end her pain. Unharmed, she then walked down infamous "Sniper Alley." Still unharmed, she made it to school where she was given a shoebox. That shoebox changed the course of Lejla's life. Among many other items, it contained a new pair of sneakers. In gratitude, Lejla wrote a letter to thank the person who had given her the gifts--Jesus. It was then that she connected with God's heart and found His love in the gift of His Son.
This and countless other stories told by Graham, volunteers, and gift recipients from the past two decades of ministry will remind you of how God uses your gifts to change lives. As you read, your heart will be warmed, filled by the true spirit of Christmas giving.

Buy it here: http://www.rivertreebookstore.com/item/graham-franklin/operation-christmas-child-oct/5421564.html 


The Greatest Gift: An Advent Devotional

Tyndale House / 2013 / Hardcover
The Greatest Gift: An Advent Devotional   -     By: Ann Voskamp
Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot--yes, a new branch bearing fruit from the old root...In that day the heir to David's throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place. Isaiah 11:1, 10
The nativity story didn't start with a journey to Bethlehem, an emperor's decree, or a virgin conception---it began with Adam! Exploring the lineage of Jesus through the Advent tradition of the Jesse tree, Voskamp retraces the epic pageantry of mankind from Genesis to God's greatest gift---his Son. A timeless reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!
With your purchase of The Greatest Gift, you'll be given access to an online resource where you can print out the 27 beautiful Jesse Tree ornaments featured in the book.

Good Tidings And Great Joy [Hardcover]

Wish me a Merry Christmas.
Good Tidings And Great Joy [Hardcover]At a time when Christian values are challenged--when the greeting "Merry Christmas" has been replaced by the supposedly less offensive "Happy Holidays"--Governor Sarah Palin makes the case for bringing back the freedom to express the religious spirit of the season.
In her bestselling books, Going Rogue and America by Heart, Palin has revealed how her strong Christian faith has guided her life and family. Now, in Good Tidings and Great Joy, she discusses one of Christianity's most sacred celebrations, and how the holiday has been robbed of its meaning and true tradition by the pressures of political correctness.
Palin defends the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas--whether in public displays, school concerts, and pageants, or in our hearts--and delivers a sharp rebuke to today's society for the homogenization of the holiday season. Sharing personal memories from Palin Christmases past, she illustrates why she holds the celebration of Jesus Christ's Nativity so dear.
Good Tidings and Great Joy revisits our traditional roots and the true meaning of Christmas. It is a call to action to readers to defend and openly celebrate the joys of their Christianity, and to say to one another, "Merry Christmas "


Christmas Candle (Repack) [Hardcover]Christmas Candle (Repack) [Hardcover]

From New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado comes a timeless message that will warm your heart.
Imagine a Victorian England village in the Cotswolds where very little out of the ordinary ever happens . . . except at Christmas time.
This year, Edward Haddington, a lowly candle maker, is visited by a mysterious angel. That angel silently imparts a precious gift--a gift that's bungled and subsequently lost. The candle maker and his wife, Bea, struggle to find the gift.
And when they do, they have to make a difficult choice. Who among their community is most in need of a Christmas miracle?
Join inspirational author Max Lucado and experience anew the joy of Christmas.

The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna

WaterBrook Press / 2013 / Hardcover
 Meet the women who played pivotal roles in Christ's birth! Elizabeth is barren, yet trusts God's promise. Mary is a virgin, but says yes when God asks her to bear his Son. And prophetess Anna proclaims the Messiah's arrival. Unpacking each verse from the Gospel of Luke, Higgs illuminates their love, faithfulness, and obedience to God.

The Christmas Quilt, Quilts of Love Series #11

Abingdon Press / 2013 / Paperback
The Christmas Quilt, Quilts of Love Series #11   -     By: Vannetta Chapman
 Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie?s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem...but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the  English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

A Story of Christmas and All of Us, Hardcover

A Story of Christmas and All of Us, Hardcover    -     By: Roma Downey & Mark Burnett
FaithWords / 2013 / Hardcover
 If you enjoyed the History Channel's epic miniseries The Bible, you'll love this chronicle of Mary and Joseph's journey. Using over 100 never-before-seen pictures taken during the filming, this exquisite book pairs these full-color images with the show's moving text to tell the Christmas story like never before. 126 pages, hardcover.

Walking the Road to Bethlehem

Abingdon Press / 2013 / Paperback
Walking the Road to Bethlehem  -     By: Adam Hamilton
 Experience the nativity story in new ways as you take your own personal journey toward Christmas. Featuring history, archaeology, and research from Hamilton's own travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem, this 4-week daily devotional also provides Scripture, prayers, journaling space, links to travel videos and photographs online, and more. Great for personal or group study! 144 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

The Nativity: The Story of Jesus Christ, DVD                                  - The Nativity: The Story of Jesus Christ, DVD

BMG / 2013 / DVD
 The Nativity follows the life of Jesus Christ from His birth in Bethlehem through His childhood and into manhood, where His special message of love and forgiveness changes the world. However, not all become His followers, and His life on Earth ends brutally on a cross at a place called Calvary. Yet, Jesus' ultimate sacrifice, followed by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension from Earth reveal Him to the world as the one true Son of God in this faith-based, historical drama. Dove approved. Approx. 92 minutes.

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