“Mrs. Moye has definitely penned a tremendous tool for parents to not only teach but become engaged with their children in practical, inspiring ways that will leave indelible marks on their hearts and lives. She employs all five of the senses to drive home some eternal truths of the birth of our Lord and Savior. One has no trouble at all envisioning wide-eyed children as the day-to-day exercises of learning unfold. This book will leave you hungering for more ways to make other Bible stories come alive as well.”
Experiencing the True Gift of Christmas through the Eyes of Children: Review of A Gospel Christmas
Have you ever struggled to find a way to share the true gift of Christmas with your family? Have you wondered how you could let them share in the fun of Elf-on-the-Shelf, but without instilling fear in them, being overwhelmed by it all or overshadowing the true reason for the season? If so, then Jennifer Moye’s A Gospel Christmas is for you.
In a 25-day journey, Jennifer shows you how you can give yourself and your family the opportunity to savor Christ in the days leading up to Christmas. She shows you, through her own practical example, how you can use the Elf-on-the-Shelf tradition to retell the story of Jesus from birth to resurrection, giving your children the opportunity to hear, apply and understand the incredible gift of Christmas.
Jennifer uses simple arts and crafts, Moms and Dads can easily copy at home, and humorous placement and scenery for her Elf-on-the-Shelf to visually reinforce the Scriptures she teaches each day. In following her experience with her two young boys, it is hard not to be excited and inspired to implement her practical example in your own home.
In retelling the life of Jesus to her children, Jennifer shares both of how she was impacted personally and how she watched her own and her children’s faith grow. This experience leads them to practical gifts of service (putting together and personally delivering care packages for the needy), sharing Jesus’ Love with friends who do not know Him and also to a growing Love for and awestruck wonder for the power of God. As she watches her boys, she is “utterly overwhelm[ed]” by “the amazement in their eyes” and by “their faith”, reminding us why Jesus “tells us to have childlike faith” (Day 10).
Unlike many Christmas do-books, Jennifer’s is both practical and achievable. She shows you how you can improvise if you’re struggling for time to prepare, how there’s always grace for our failures and how your children will be able to encourage you with their blunt humor, compliments and excitement, when you’re struggling. One of the most touching examples is when her son responds to her own sense of failure with: “But, Mommy, Jesus is here in our house with us all the time. That’s what you told me. And He’s in our hearts. So, He already sees our mess.” (Day 17).
If you would love to put more of Christ in your Christmas celebrations, but struggle to know how, then pick up a copy of Jennifer’s beautifully illustrated book. Let her equip you, encourage you, make you laugh and excite you with the wonderful gift of A Gospel Christmas, for “There is power in the name of Jesus.” (Day 25).
Anna Smit, Author of Love Embraced
“In A Gospel Christmas, Jennifer weaves the characters of Scripture so beautifully into our lives, applying each lesson to current situations. She honestly reveals her own struggles to the readers while helping us discover new truths all while she shares her faith in Christ with her children. This is an undeniable, grace-filled picture of the gospel message, taught in an easy-to-understand format designed not only for the youngest children, but also for the most seasoned adults. I urge you to get your copy today and start a new tradition with your family!”
Adrienne Terrebonne, Author of Mommy Has Crinkles