Thanks to Catholic Family Gifts, Image Books, and Franciscan Media for their generous support of this week's giveaway!
This week's giveaway:
From Catholic Family Gifts
A Little People Christmas Nativity. This bright, adorable set is a wonderful way to introduce the very young to the Christmas story and an unbreakable set for older ones to play with.
The perfect size for little hands, the Little People nativity set is a toy that will be used from year without fear of breakage.
The set can be placed under the Christmas tree to be played with in the weeks leading up to December 25th.
Place the angel atop the stable to activate the light-up star and hear the holiday favorite "Away in a Manger" play. The stable is shallow and will hold three figures. Children can use the cart to travel with the donkey act out the Christmas Story.
Perfect as a First Christmas gift.
- Baby Jesus
- Three Wise Men
- Two Fence pieces with trees
- Bale of hay that opens
- Cart with vegetables
Ages: 1 - 5
Dimensions: 30" x 12" x 12"
Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)
By Scott Hahn (Image Books, 2014)
About the book:
What could be more familiar than the Christmas story -- and yet what could be more extraordinary? The cast of characters is strange and exotic: shepherds and magicians, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context. Bestselling author Scott Hahn who has written extensively on Scripture and the early Church, brings evidence to light, dispelling some of the mystery of the story. Yet Christmas is made familiar all over again by showing it to be a family story. Christmas, as it appears in the New Testament, is the story of a father, a mother, and a child -- their relationships, their interactions, their principles, their individual lives, and their common life. To see the life of this "earthly trinity" is to gaze into heaven. - See more at: http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/book/237954/joy-to-the-world/#sthash.7M4JQSTJ.dpuf
By Richard Fragomeni (Franciscan Media, 2014)
About the book:
Let Us Adore Him will enhance your preparation for and celebration of Christmas. From the First Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, you will find inspiration for your Advent and Christmas prayer time. Noted liturgist Fr. Richard Fragomeni weaves the Communion Antiphon from each day's liturgy into a thoughtful, prayerful meditation.
By Editors of Servant Books (Servant Books, 2014)
About the book:
During Advent we sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We focus on the birth of Jesus, this innocent child who came into our world to be our Savior. He is Emmanuel, God with us. But Advent and the Christmas season is also the perfect time to reflect on the fact that God is with us always, and particularly in his Eucharistic presence. This book offers a simple meditation from a well-known Christian writer each day from December 1st through the twelve days after Christmas, a few thoughts to help you respond to Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament, and a prayer to help you open your heart. The meditations focus on:
- The Scriptural basis for understanding the Eucharist
- How to prepare to receive the Lord
- What to do when you pray before the Blessed Sacrament
- The difference a holy hour can make
- The experiences of those who have spent time in adoration
During this holy season, Mary’s example as she carried Jesus in her womb can show us how Jesus takes flesh in our own lives when we receive him with reverence.
About the Author
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.