Christmas Love Letters from God: A Review and a Giveaway

christmas-love-letters-coverGlenys Nellist has done it again.

The author of Love Letters from God brings you another powerful book for children that will open up their hearts and help them feel God is speaking right to them.

In Christmas Love Letters from God, Glenys tells the magnificent story of the birth of Jesus.  She begins with the story of Isaiah’s good news found in Isaiah 9, when he delivers a message of hope to the people:  a child will be born and He will be the light of the world.  He will deliver us and rescue us from the darkness.  He is our hope.

The book then tells each part of the Christmas story, capturing the hearts of all who read it:  Mary’s song, Joseph’s dream, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the Shepherd’s visit, and the Wise Men’s gifts.

What I love about this book is the simple, yet powerful way Glenys delivers the wonderful story of the birth of Jesus.  Her words make you feel that you are right in the story, experiencing it along with each person.  Her words draw the reader closer to Jesus, making you realize that His birth was meant to save you.

Besides the story, Glenys also provides the reader with two other pieces to this book:  God’s Perfect Promise and a lift-the-flap Love Letter from God.  God’s Perfect Promise is a nugget of truth from Scripture that the Lord writes to remind us of His perfect promise in Jesus Christ.  They are short, easy to remember verses that will allow a child to treasure that verse and recall it when they need to.

To me, the Love Letter from God is the most special part of the book. Every child that reads each letter tucked inside this book can insert their own name and read the letter as if God is speaking right to them.  And at the very end of the book is a lift-the-flap letter where the child can write their own love letter to Jesus, which is their gift to Jesus.

I read this book aloud with my 9-year old daughter.  She and I took turns reading the stories and inserting each other’s names into the letter.  When I asked my daughter what she loved about the book, she said the letters were the most special part of it.  At the end of the book, she wrote a letter to Jesus in the “My Gift to Jesus” lift-the-flap letter.  Here is what she wrote:

Dear Jesus,

I love you!  I am so glad that you were born.  What were Bible days like? 

I love you,  Shelby

That sweet letter brought tears to my eyes. Christmas Love Letters from God opened my child’s eyes and allowed her to see the love that Jesus has for her.  It opened her mind and her heart to wonder what life was like when Jesus was born.  And it also allowed her to express her love to Jesus.

One thing I was not expecting, though, was how this book would affect me.  Let me tell you…this book, I believe, is not meant just for small children, but for all children of God, even 40-year olds like myself. I felt God speaking directly to me through the words of Glenys.  The letter found in Joseph’s dream went straight to my heart:

“Never be afraid to say yes to me.  When you hear those quiet whispers in your heart – whatever I say, whatever I might ask you to do – remember that just like I helped Joseph, I will help you, too.”

I am so thankful for the ways that the Lord speaks to us.  He can use a book designed for children to be the tool He uses to speak directly to our hearts.  And when He speaks, you know it’s Him.

I highly recommend Christmas Love Letters from God . This not only would be a wonderful Christmas present for your child, but it would be a great family book as well.  You could use this book as a family devotion as you sit around the table for a meal or at night before bed.  You could read a section of this book weekly or each day leading up to Christmas Day.  You could speak each family member’s name into the letters.  You could use the verses of God’s Perfect Promise as your Bible verse to memorize each week.  You could also pray that Scripture verse over each child in your family, inserting their name as if God is speaking directly to them.  So many ways to use this book for a child or for your whole family.

I am excited to share that one person will win a copy of this special book! Zondervan is giving away a copy of Christmas Love Letters from God.  To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post.  A winner will be announced on Monday, October 24.

To see a video of the book, check out this link:

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The Circle Maker Online Bible Study

As my readers may already know, I have another blog I write at, too.  I am in the process of merging KidMin Days with the Vanessa Myers blog (  so I can write in one place!  It’s a work in progress and I hope you will continue to follow me there.

I am excited to share that on the Vanessa Myers blog I am beginning an online Bible study!

God led me to a book and I think it’s the perfect one for the first online Bible study on my blog.  It’s called The Circle Maker:  Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Fears by Mark Batterson.  It seemed like just the right book for me since it’s about prayer and fear.  When I read the summary of this book I wondered why I had never heard of it until just now (it was written in 2011).    circle makerBut, I believe that God brings you to things at just the time you need them.  The dreams I have I believe God is telling me to keep in prayer, or as this book says, “pray circles around your dreams.”

As I began reading it I knew I wanted to do this study with not only my small group of ladies that meet weekly during the school year, but I wanted to open it up to others out there who would like to read and study it along with me.  This book has a great message and I believe it could definitely change your prayer life.

To see a trailer about this book click on this link:

This study will be five weeks.  It will begin on Sunday, August 21.  Each Sunday night you will receive an email giving you the assignment for the week along with a Scripture verse of encouragement.  I will write a post on my blog (  twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) that will highlight a part of the reading (you will receive these via email).

Also, I would love for you to join in on the conversation on Facebook and be a part of my Circle Maker Small Group Bible Study group.  This will be a closed group so no one will see what’s posted except for the members.  I will post questions and hope that you will comment.  I would also love for this group to turn into a prayer community where we can boldly prayer for each other.

Want to participate in this online Bible study?  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Buy the book.  Here is a link to it on Amazon (it’s only $9.58 now):
  2. Sign up to receive my blog posts via email (see the subscription box on the right hand side of the page to sign up).  So since you are a KidMin Days subscriber, you will need to be a subscriber also to my Vanessa Myers blog (   You’ll be added to a mailing list for just this study and will receive the blog posts twice a week.  After you subscribe, make sure you check your email to confirm your subscription.  If you have any trouble with this just email me at:
  3.   Join our small group study on Facebook.  Search for “The Circle Maker Small Group Bible Study 2016”.  This will be a way for us to connect with each other and I hope you will join us.
  4. Pray circles around this online Bible study.  Ask God to move in each of our hearts so that we grow closer to Him.

I am so excited about this online Bible study and pray you will join me.  I know it will be a blessing to you!  See you online for this study on August 21st!

Using Love Letters in your Children’s Ministry…Plus a Great Giveaway!

Would you like a new resource for your Children’s Ministry?

Check out the latest post on my other blog!  Zonderkidz is giving away a copy of “Little Love Letters from God” by Glenys Nellist.  This is a great book for your toddler and preschool ministries.

Hope you will stop by!