Let me start this review with a confession: I had heard of this book before. Last year, somewhere around Christmas, I heard an interview with the author on Focus on The Family. It really touched my heart and I’ve literally thought about it all year long. The author’s goal seemed to truly be the lesson the book teaches: to give to others.
It is not often that I am inspired by a children’s book. I read the book in order to do the review and had to force myself to come in and write. Not because the task is so daunting, but because the book has me so inspired I don’t want to sit down and write. I want to do something. Anything. Make bread for the shelters, donate, something! Not simply to fill a box, but to make a difference in someone’s life. One of my favorite scriptures, and one my husband and I remind each other of constantly is this: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40 KJV.
This book will not only teach your children the joy of helping others, but it will make you want to go out and help someone else, anyone else. My family has taught me throughout the years to help others. Even my little brother who seems to be on a poor attempt at running from God has reminded me through his actions to do whatever I can to help others. When we were kids we went through a period where our Mom couldn’t afford to pay the bills, much less provide for Christmas. That year, a man we had never heard of, came to our home with a basket of fruit and a gift for my brother and I. I don’t remember what my brother got, but I got a curling iron gift set. I’ve never been a girly girl, don’t even know if I ever actually used that set, but what I do know is that I hold that as one of my fondest memories. It was a great lesson and has been a constant inspiration for me to help others throughout my life. Granted, I don’t wish that upon anyone, but the lesson could never be the same. The closest I’ve seen to something teaching this lesson is this book.
About The Sparkle Box
A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s mom explains that the things that they’ve been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday. The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace. Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Originally posted 2013-11-19 10:07:11.