Oh, what big lovers of Christmas books we are! Suckers, really. Every year I haul out two big baskets-full and we wile away a chilly December afternoon, kids sprawled all over the couch, discussing which one is their favorite, telling me which one they read first every year.
We've got a big list of all the books we own and love here on the Best Christmas Books For Your Collection post, but today I'm sharing the top 5 books that my family has loved over the years. Yes, these are affiliate links. Thanks :)
Told by the late Ruth Bell Graham, One Wintry Night is the gospel, from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to cover the redemptive beauty in the story of Christ's birth and death, One Wintry Night should be in your collection. The text is lively and the illustrations are sumptuous.
2. All is Well
The first time I heard this story told by its author, Frank Peretti, I had to pull my car over because I was weeping. When I discovered the children's book that tells the story with beautiful illustrations, I relived that scene all over again as I read it to my children and cried through at least the last half. You've been warned.
Jotham's Journey is the first in a trilogy for advent, and if your family hasn't embarked upon Jotham's Journey yet, perhaps this is the year. Every chapter is a cliffhanger right up to the end when Jotham meets Jesus and finds his family all over again.
If I didn't cry enough while reading All is Well, then the remaining tears were saved for Max Lucado's The Crippled Lamb. One sweet lamb is held back from the flock and meets his Savior in a stable.
Jesus came to melt hearts and restore mankind to relationship with God. Discover how one man left without hope discovers redemption in a loving widow and her son who point Him back to the One who never left or forsook him.