Saturday, August 30, 2014

Good Books

 Does this month of festivity fill you 
with dread and anxiety?  
Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson can help.  

This book saved my life 
when I was parenting young children.  
No matter what your faith tradition may be, 
it is terribly hard not to get sucked
 in to the secular "Christmas Machine".  
This book gives us concrete ways of warding off the 
seductive calls of marketing 
and can strengthen our resolve to let December 

be a time for family, friends and sharing.

The picture books can all be found in our Lower School Library.  
They all offer insights into the nativity stories found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

"How Many Miles to Bethlehem?"
  is a lovely, poetic vision of the Christmas story.

Sweet tales from around the world can be found in "Joy to the World".

"Christmas Soul" is rich with real experiences, written by singers, artists, and actors.

"Carol of the Brown King" features magnificent poetry by Langston Hughes.

"Mary's First Christmas" is an excellent example of "midrash" -
a Hebrew tradition of imagining what has been left unwritten in the scriptures.

"B is for Bethlehem" is marvelous alphabet book for young readers,
and will introduce them to the details of the Christmas story.

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