Dec 20, 2014

Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas

A review copy was provided.
Book Details
Author: Emily Belle Freeman
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Ensign Peak
Genre: Christmas

Emily Belle Freeman is my "go-to" when I need a book that will draw me closer to Christ.

And this book does just that!

I LOVE her starting story....

She was in her car with her little daughter listening to Christmas songs when her little girl said:

"Mom, I believe in Santa Claus and you believe in Jesus Christ."

Right then Emily decided that they were going to spend the season teaching about Jesus Christ as much as they taught about Santa Claus.

ANOTHER THING I LOVE ABOUT EMILY...she takes where you are at and builds upon it....

"This book is not to add something more to an already packed holiday season--it is to add something DIFFERENT."

Taking an item we already love and use...the nativity set...Emily has added a DIFFERENT twist to bring it more Christ-Centered.

She focuses on 7 pieces:

* Mary * Joseph * The Angel * The Shepherd 
* The Wise Men * The Lamb *The Christ Child

With each piece she has spent great time thinking about how that person or animal played a part on that first holy night.

Then she has given us a "lesson" and a "tradition" around that nativity piece.

For example...

When Mary was told that she would be the mother of the Son of God she "PONDERED THOSE THINGS IN HER HEART...Mary can teach us about pondering the things of God.

Here is a sample lesson --->

Each piece has it's own chapter with stories, scriptures, a lesson and possible tradition ideas.

You can simply read this book in one night like I did...

Or you can split it up as a countdown to Christmas placing the pieces in the nativity set as you study about them.

Either way you will never look at a nativity set the same way again...From now on your heart will be more Christ-Centered.

Let your heart be more Christ-Centered this season!

About the Author
Emily Belle Freeman is a coach’s wife, a mother to four children and a few others who have found refuge in her home, author of several bestselling books, and sought-after inspirational speaker. Her days are spent watching over teenagers, her flock of pampered chickens, and a rabbit that she adores. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. For a few minutes every day Emily forgets about the laundry, leaves the dishes in the sink, and writes. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good:


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