We just couldn’t wait to post our next batch of reviews! Snow fell in our town this morning and we’ve been humming Christmas tunes all day…so it’s time to talk about Operation Christmas Child! Several of our Nuts About Books reviewers took some time with their families to fill a box this season…read about their experiences below!
Also, there is a brand-new historical fiction novel from Jane Kirkpatrick that you’ll definitely want to check out…readers are calling it a compelling and touching story of overcoming hardship and discovering love.
Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on project that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes packed by Canadians. It is one way to remind children suffering as a result of war, poverty, famine, disease, and disaster that they are loved and not forgotten.
Each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion. When culturally appropriate, copies of a book entitled The Greatest Gift, which has been translated into 130 different languages, are offered to children after the shoeboxes have already been distributed. Learn more about the journey of a shoebox.
Following the shoebox distributions, local churches and ministry partners are equipped with a 12-lesson Bible study course, titled The Greatest Journey, which introduces interested children to Jesus, shows them how to receive Him and follow Him, and equips them to share their faith with family and friends.
“Did you know that Samaritan’s Purse actually delivers those Christmas boxes all year round? They do! And if you’re like me you missed the deadline for dropping off your box…However…You can go online and ‘fill a box’ right there! How cool is that? They have made it super easy to get involved in this beautiful ministry…” – Lani from All This Crazy Grace
“…I remember participating in packing a shoebox as a child – it was so much fun to pick out things for another kid somewhere on the other side of the world. Thing is, I have just as much fun doing it now! Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. Let’s keep that number growing!…” – Country Mouse
“…As a father, I love that Operation Christmas Child gives families the opportunity to take the focus at Christmas time off of getting presents, and instead thinking about those who are in need. Families can spend quality time together doing something fun and helping be a blessing to others. So let me ask – what are YOU waiting for?…” – Jeremy from Christian Fiction Addiction
“Packing shoe boxes before Christmas has been a tradition in my family for many years, and I am thrilled to highlight this great initiative…It excites me to think of the children all over the world who will have a happy Christmas because of these boxes that are lovingly packed just for them…If you have never packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, please consider doing it this year. And I promise – you won’t regret it.” – Along the Way
“Make sure to check out Samaritan’s Purse this Christmas season. We are so blessed … time to spread the joy and bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas. It’s super EASY and FUN. Get a shoe box. Fill it full of fun and useful items (the website give some good suggestions) and then drop the filled box off at pick-up location. Check out more information HERE.” – Amanda from Cozy Writer’s Den
Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place–especially for a single mother. To support herself and her young son, Jennie finds work caring for an older woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road forward is uncertain.
New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites you to leave behind your preconceived notions about love and life as you, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred–but they never really die. Based on a true story.
“Jane Kirkpatrick finds the most interesting true-life heroines to highlight in her fictional biographies. Lesser known women who have lived exemplary lives. Women who define the pioneering spirit. Women like Jennie Pickett…An intelligent woman with a learning disability that made reading difficult who becomes a doctor? That’s something to shout about in this day and age but in the late 1800s it’s inconceivable…Captivating, compelling and mind boggling. If you enjoy biographies of strong women who make a difference while overcoming insurmountable odds then this is definitely the book for you.” – Kav from Best Reads
“Jennie’s life in the late 1800’s really touched my heart in so many ways. Her struggles over the years are heartbreaking, yet she tackled life with perseverance and determination…I think what resonated with me the most is that the character of Jennie is real and believable. She lived a hard life, she loved with her whole heart, and she trusted people. All of this didn’t guarantee an easy time for her…However, she also found love and contentment in rather unexpected ways. This is one of the best books I have read recently and I highly recommend All She Left Behind.” – Along the Way