About my blog

When I was a little girl, I struggled to read. Reading did not come naturally to me; however, over the last 30 years I have become an avid reader, I love books. I love LDS (Latter Day Saint) Historical fiction, I love romance, I love biographies, I love stories of hope, and ways to help. I will post books that I have read, ones that have warmed my heart and given me hope!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set

About the Product:
Create a Christ-focused holiday tradition as you review the sacred names of the Savior. Display these antique pewter-finish ornaments on the tree, as gift tags, or adorning a wreath on the front door. A list of scripture references is included, perfect for a "Twelve Days of Christmas" countdown. 12-piece set. Ornament size: 3¼" x 3¼". *Hooks & twine NOT included.
About the Author:
Zions Mercantile is a gathering of gifts and d├ęcor inspired by our unique Latter-day Saint heritage — whether it be from Palmyra, Nauvoo, Salt Lake City or anywhere in the world. Offering quality products in a variety of price points, Zions Mercantile is a place you can find meaningful items that enhance your home and reflect your values.
Zions Mercantile – available at Deseret Book stores and at DeseretBook.com
My Review: 
I waited until after Thanksgiving to add these ornaments to our tree, I waited until my whole family was gathered around. We talked about Christ and I told each of the grandchildren that these were names for Christ, as I handed each one an ornament to add to the tree I told them what the name was, it was a very special moment for us and these children realized how many names that Christ is know as. 
These ornaments are the perfect addition to any Christmas tree, they are made well, and easy to attach to the tree. We used a wire ornament hanger but one could easily use a ribbon to hang them. I love that these ornaments are biblical, this is just one more reminder of why we should keep Christ in Christmas. 
Thank you to Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to review this product and hang them on my tree. 

Christmas From Heaven

 About the Book:

Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.
As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.
Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.
Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.

About the Authors:

Robert T. Barrett is a professor of illustration at Brigham Young University, received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in painting and completed postgraduate work in Germany. An accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator, his work has been featured in many national magazines and in art exhibits across the country and in Germany. He and his wife, Vicki, have ten children and one grandchild and reside in Provo, Utah.
Tom Brokaw is one of the giants of television journalism. Anchor and managing editor of NBCNightly News from 1982 to 2004, he also holds the honor of being the only person to host each ofNBC News’s major news programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. He has won several awards, including a Peabody Award and seven Emmys. He is the author of The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Generation Speaks, among other books. He and his wife, Meredith, have three daughters and five grandchildren

My Review:
The day after Thanksgiving when I had my family and grandchildren all around, I opened this book and read them the story. My grandchildren ranging from 12-3 years of age were all seated and intently listening. My adult children were all seated around as well, it was a beautiful story, that my family enjoyed. The illustrations mixed with real photos make the story something that each of the children could appreciate and understand. My older grandchildren and children understood the magnitude of this story much more than the younger ones. 
This is a story that shows gratitude, and teaches the importance of what soldiers and airmen did to give back to those without. The story is heartwarming, happy and a Christmas story to read every year. I'm so thankful that I was able to read this story to my children and grandchildren. I am so excited to add this book to our annual Christmas reading! Just a reminder of what we have to be grateful for. 
Thank you Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain publishing for allowing me to review this book. I was given a free copy for my honest review. I was  not paid. 

Christmas From Heaven - Tom Brokaw