MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
This book is literally everything! It's bright and colorful and just really cute. God's Gift is a sea story that teaches little kids the true meaning behind Christmas and Hanukkah. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this book.
I read it to my kid brother, Josh, and sister, Lynn, a bunch of times. It was really fun to read and have my brother ask questions. They really enjoyed it but most of all Josh got the message it was trying to convey (not Lynn, she was more interested in trying to eat the pages haha). Josh hasn't stopped asking me to read it, I think I've read it to him ten times already.
"It's not about how many toys you get, son."
Christmas and Hanukkah are not about the decorations or presents. They are about the gifts that God has given us and I think Mancini did a great job writing this book in a way that children will understand the message that is given to them.
MY OVERALL RATING:
You know something funny, I even learned something too from this book. I honestly didn't know the meaning of Hanukkah. But now I do and I'm pretty happy about it. I recommend for y'all to read to your children or your siblings and cousins. It's a really good lesson and I think it will even teach parents and adults a thing or two.
God's Gift BLURB || source: Goodreads
In God's Gift, Christian and his sister Mary believe they get more presents at Christmas. However, Jacob and Jeremiah believe they get more presents on Hanukkah. The children learn that Christmas and Hanukkah are about celebrating the gift God has given to His children. It's not about how many presents are under the tree at Christmas or the eight days of presents for Hanukkah. It's about God's provision for those He loves. God gives the gift of the Messiah to the Christians and the gift of Light to the Jews. The true gift from God is learned in this colorful holiday story! Beautifully illustrated hardcover book designed for children ages 3 - 8.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Ann Mancini
Lee Ann Mancini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University (1990), a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary, Magna Cum Laude (2014), and a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cum Laude (2014). Lee Ann also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics (2011).
Lee Ann is currently an adjunct professor teaching Ministerial Ethics and Romans at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She is has taught Bible Study for over 10 years and has been an active community volunteer/leader for over 20 years: Representing children as a Palm Beach County Guardian Ad Litem, International Affairs commission Chair for St. Joan of Arc Council of Catholic Women, Community Support Chair for the Junior League of Boca Raton, and CCD religious education teacher for St. Joan of Arc. Initiated and chaired the Auction for Boca Raton High School for six years, and initiated and chaired the PTSA for Boca Raton High School for two years. In addition, Lee Ann is involved in the Women’s Ministry at Spanish River Christian Church and is on board Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. In addition, Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented though the types of brides of the church.
In addition, Lee Ann is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society for Pentecostal Studies. She was awarded “Woman of Distinction Award” by the Soroptimists International of Boca Raton 1995, among other awards in service to the community, school, and church.
Lee Ann is married and has two children. She loves to read, jog, and teach the Word of God. She is also a Christian Children’s author with a series of books, which will make their debut in 2015.
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