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My addiction to holiday books started six years ago when a dear friend told me she read a book every night leading up to Christmas. And, well, once I started collecting Christmas books for my sons… I naturally wanted Easter books, too.

Visit the Simply Faithful Facebook page to see an album of our favorites — and then, if you’d like to add three free books to your own Easter book collection, click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway! The contest ends Monday morning at midnight. Enjoy!

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13AdventLogoSquareFor almost six years now I’ve been collecting Christmas books. Some from garage sales. Some for a pittance at Ollie’s and other discount stores. And one or two from my mother-in-law’s  house. My goal had been to have 25 so we could read one each day of Advent — and to have those 25 focus on faith and good character — because stories are powerful. They welcome us and draw us in. They introduce us to different perspectives and show us new ways to see and love. They take big theology and they paint a clear, tangible picture. 

Many of our books tell of a King coming to the small and forgotten, of a crowded place making room for one more to come in out of the cold, of love. That’s why I did a small thing: I invited a couple of friends to read with us on the first Sunday of Advent. I wanted our little family to be part of something bigger, even if just by two.

I almost canceled the night before. My husband and I were arguing over ridiculous things. The kids were being so very loud. All. The. Time. And the Christmas decorations? Well, the bins were stacked in the living room.

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Don’t cancel, said the husband. We need to be more social, and they could care less if the tree is up.

So, I did it. I opened the door, and I welcomed in my friend and her witty son into my real life.

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We took off our shoes and ate spinach dip and read books and laughed and forgot that things weren’t perfect because our time together was perfect.

And I was the one who felt welcomed.

Would you like to start your own collection of Christmas books? I’ve created a photo album of our family’s books on Facebook, and if you’ll comment on the album or in the comment section here at the Simply Faithful blog, I’ll enter you for a chance to win two books. “The Perfect Christmas Pageant” by Joyce Meyer offers a sweet lesson in keeping what’s most important, most important. A lesson that’s good for all ages! Mary Engelbreit’s “Peace on Earth” is gorgeous. It is full of quotes, songs and pictures that you’ll be tempted to tear out and frame. Leave a comment by 7 a.m. Dec. 4 and I’ll draw a name.

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As much as I love words, sometimes a picture — an illustration — conveys a message that might not otherwise get through. That’s why I’m sharing some snapshots I took of a book that just released this month, “Psalm 23,” illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. Take a look at these images and see if you can find hope…

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And some of my favorites are the children inside the front and back covers:

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I had planned to use a journal page from a friend today, but due to technical difficulties, you’ll find one that I pulled together this morning. I’ve pulled words from Sandra Fox’s devotional, “Lord Renew My Hope.” I’ve been so enjoying her book, and she has written a piece just for you. Expect that in mid-March.

To download, click here.

Here’s a glimpse:

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Photo courtesy of Jenn Kelly

Photo courtesy of Jenn Kelly

Don’t forget: We’re chatting with author Jenn Kelly at 7 p.m. EST Dec. 3 on the Simply Faithful Facebook page.

She is a delight to visit with.

Witty.

Wise.

Caring.

I promise it will be time well spent.

If you have young ones — elementary age — consider letting them join us, too. Even if they haven’t read “Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish” ($12.99, Zonderkidz) they will enjoy learning from her.

A few of us are planning to meet in person at the Greece Public Library, so feel free to join us in person!

Read more about Jenn Kelly and the Simply Faithful book club here…

To hear Jenn Kelly tell it, it was a very fancy wedding where you had to stand through the whole thing. Somewhere amid all the pomp and circumstance her gaze fell upon a woman with hair piled high. (No, think higher than that.)

The woman was maybe 5 feet tall and looked like she usually carried a small dog with her. She was probably mad that the dog couldn’t come to the wedding, Kelly thought. But wait!

Maybe she was carrying her dog… in her massive hair.

That’s how it started, this idea to write about a boy who falls into his great aunt’s hair and discovers a whole new world of elves and bubble-gum chewing crubbies. A book about a boy who – like many of us – doubts himself a little too much and has to be reminded that the Author has a plan and a purpose for him.

“I want readers to know that life can be funny and amusing, and they are indeed loved,” said Kelly, author of “Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish” ($12.99, Zonderkidz).

And somewhere between crazy Chapter 37 “In Which We Learn about the Book, the Author, and Fred the Turtle” and Chapter 38 “A Chapter that Is Not Nearly as Long as the Last One” we find gems like this one, where Jackson has had a glimpse into the future. He has improved at baseball, become a professor and won a prestigious writing award.

“So, what I saw in the mirrors, that was true?” he asked. 

“Unless you see yourself differently from the truth,” she said softly. “Unless you forget.”

Lines worth underlining.

This time all of the books in the Simply Faithful book club touch on purpose, on remembering who we are and whose we are. I hope you’ll join us and encourage the young readers in your life to give these books a try. They’ll also have the chance to ask their own questions and chat live with Kelly at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. We’ll meet online at the Simply Faithful page on Facebook.

“Jackson Jones” is written for elementary students but my almost 14-year-old laughed at some of the chapter titles, and the book practically begs to be read out loud to a classroom.

“That book is me to a T,” Kelly said. “That’s how I talk. Anyone who reads it knows me… ish.”

Jackson’s adventures continue in “Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, a Troll, and a Rather Large Chicken” and Kelly has more adventures in her head, ready to escape on paper.

I can’t wait.

Meet Jenn Kelly

Photo courtesy of Jenn Kelly

Learn more about author Jenn Kelly at her Website: www.JennKelly.com. You can also find her page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. Look for @JennKellyauthor.

Readers have the chance to chat live with her at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on the Simply Faithful Facebook page.

 

About the Simply Faithful book club

For about a year Marketta Gregory, author of the Simply Faithful column, has invited readers throughout the Rochester community to join her in reading and discussing books with spiritual themes. So far, the community has read “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp and “Rooms” by James Rubart. The current selections – all four – were chosen to encourage younger readers to participate in the conversation. They are:

  • “Who Built the Stable?” by Ashley Bryan ($16.99, Simon and Schuster).
  • “Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish” by Jenn Kelly ($12.99, Zonderkidz).
  • “Replication [The Jason Experiment]” by Jill Williamson ($15.99, Zondervan).
  • “Graceful: Letting Go of your Try-Hard Life” by Emily P. Freeman ($12.99, Revell).

 

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