I was recently offered a chance to review a holiday themed Christmas book. With Christmas fast-approaching I quickly said yes!
I really didn't know what kind of book The Sparkle Box would be. I was pleasantly surprised when I read it and realized it is a lesson as well as a Christmas book. The lesson revolves around a box that you fill with gifts for Jesus on his birthday. These aren't the physical kind of gifts. These are spiritual and other gifts that you give to those in need during Advent.
The story is of a little boy. His acts of kindness and those of his family are written on little slips of paper. On Christmas morning the box is opened after his other gifts and the family talks about how they shared God's love with those less fortunate. Mittens for a homeless man, a well for people in Africa, blankets for those in need~ there are only three things in the box, but that is enough to remember that Christmas means more than just getting more stuff.
The simple storyline and wonderful illustrations are appealing to all ages. I especially liked that the message and the examples given were accessible to all. The box in the story isn't filled with fifty items, or expensive items. It is filled with only three monetary items and the gift of time. More importantly it is focusing on something other than the "I want..." mentality that Christmas has become.
I adore this book and plan to utilize these teachings during advent. Even beyond giving to those in need, which we do during December in many ways, but also remembering to pray for those in need.
The Sparkle Box is available on Ideals Books website for $19.99 and includes your very own sparkle box to fill with your family's Christmas offerings.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation and all opinions and views are my own.