Touching Books for Christmas Gifts

The 13th Day of Christmas
By Jason F. Wright

Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has.

Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill.

Then, on December 12, Charlee makes a wonderful discovery. A mysterious note is delivered that promises twelve days of gifts and stories that will reveal the truth behind the beloved Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” As the days go by, the gifts hint at a possible lost lyric. Was there once a 13th day of Christmas? And if so, could its magic change—or save—a life?

If Marva knows something about the “letters from the Elves,” she’s not telling. However, you don’t live as long as Marva Ferguson and not have a secret or two—including a whole lot of faith—in your apron pocket.

Filled with laughter, tenderness, and hope, The 13th Day of Christmas invites us to see how an old Christmas favorite can become a true Christmas miracle.

A Christmas Carol & Jacob T. Marley Boxed Set
By Charles Dickens & R. William Bennett

In celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, for the first time together—Jacob T. Marley and A Christmas Carol.

Just over 160 years ago, Dickens wrote his classic tale A Christmas Carol and the story of Ebenezer Scrooge quickly became a beloved Christmas classic. Now that tradition has grown. Written in a voice delightfully reminiscent of Dickens, R. William Bennett’s Jacob T. Marley has refocused the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner. Why was Ebenezer given the chance to redeem himself and Jacob was not? Or was he? This masterful story is sure to become a Christmas favorite.

Good King Wenceslas (DVD included)
As read by Jane Seymour and Illustrated by Omar Rayyan

One snowy evening, when the rest of the kingdom is reveling in a celebratory feast, a king and his faithful page venture out to deliver food, wood, and comfort to a poor peasant family. “Good King Wenceslas” is the beloved Christmas carol that relates this tender story, and it is brought to life in this book and DVD by actress Jane Seymour and artist Omar Rayyan. The sumptuous illustrations reflect the medieval setting of this tale, capturing the lavish Feast of St. Stephen at the castle and the arduous trek through heavy snow to a humble cottage deep within the forest. The original lyrics to the song, set to music more than 150 years ago, are interwoven throughout the story. The actions of the kind, humble Bohemian king reflect the invitation of another King to follow in His footsteps, bringing the blessings of Christmas to all of His kingdom.

C Is For Christmas
By Tonya Skousen Arenaz

What is Christmas? Find the answer in twenty-six simple yet meaningful verses, one for each letter of the alphabet. From singing angels and jingling bells to quiet reflections on Nativity scenes, these vibrant pages celebrate all the festivities of the season while reminding us that the greatest Christmas gift can’t be found under the tree. Featuring stunning art by renowned artists Howard Lyon, Sandra Kuck, Joseph Brickey, Jean Monti, and Ben Sowards and introducing beautiful art from newly discovered Mark Missman, this richly illustrated book renews favorite family memories and inspires new ones.

Seven Miracles That Saved America: An Illustrated History
By Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart
Paintings by Ben Sowards

What if the Founding Fathers had never written the Constitution? What if the Jamestown colony had failed? What if Columbus had sailed back to Europe before arriving in the New World? Many events in the history of the United States have come to define who we are as a nation, and the outcomes of these turning points continue to affect America and the rest of the world.

Have you ever thought of these important moments as miracles?

Based on the bestselling nonfiction book, Seven Miracles That Saved America by Chris and Ted Stewart, this children’s adaptation brings to life seven episodes from US history that changed the course of the nation and continue to testify that America is indeed a blessed land. With vivid and captivating paintings by artist Ben Sowards, this book teaches children the importance of remembering these events and how they can give us hope for the future.

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