Author: Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill
Reading Level: Leisure
Advent is an important time of year in our house. It was during advent that we started family worship and we still retain some of the symbolism that goes along with the activity (e.q. light a candle nightly). Max Lucado’s The Christmas Story for Children (henceforth The Christmas Story) is the latest in advent materials that we have read through as part of our nightly ritual.
The illustrations from Fausto Bianchi are phenomenal. The illustrations have an attractive and bright watercolor look to them. Reformed individuals should be aware that there are many depictions of Jesus and thus should respond according to their conscience. The basis of The Christmas Story covers Christ’s conception, birth, and baptism. With an early page dedicated to Jesus being the “greater David” it would seem that The Christmas Story provides the early echoes of Christ fulfillment of Psalm 2 and Psalm 110. Both psalms contain Messianic/Sonship themes that could be described as the primary theme of this advent reflection. The wording of The Christmas Story is basic and easy for children to understand. There are no natural stopping points for daily reading but each household can determine at what speed they wish to read it.
Our daughter absolutely loved the book and our reading it during family worship. On one particular night our schedule was rather off and family worship was truncated to simply reading The Christmas Story. Our daughter asked for the book during the day and even sat down to “read” it to herself on multiple occasions. In conclusion, The Christmas Story for Children is an excellent little book for the advent season.
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