Putting God Back in the Holidays Review and {GIVEAWAY}

Putting God Back in the Holidays: Celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays, and 12 Other Special Occasions with Purpose
Holiday traditions are important to our family. We’ve been very intentional about trying to create special traditions to help us as a family see these as days to really focus on God’s blessings in our lives. Any resource that assists that effort is welcome.

I recently had the opportunity to review Putting God Back in the Holidays: Celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays, and 12 Other Special Occasions with Purpose, a new book by Dr. Bill Thrasher and his wife, Penny. I have several books on developing family traditions and fun activities for the major holidays but I found this one to be unique. It covers not only the major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, but also birthdays and less-celebrated days such as President’s Day, Labor Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and even Arbor Day.

I really enjoyed the husband/wife team format. Dr. Thrasher begins each chapter with Biblical application and theological insight. Sometimes these sections are almost devotional in nature…I found them personally edifying just for the perspective they gave me on some of the days. This is followed by “Penny’s Thoughts”, which is just that: her thoughts on the holiday and why and how she has prepared and celebrated with her family. Last is a “Practical Helps” section that lists specific ideas and activities for celebrating.

This book is already making a wonderful addition to my “holiday books” library this season and I’m pleased to be able to share it with several of my readers also! Moody Publishing has generously provided FOUR COPIES of this wonderful resource for me to bless my readers with!

There are several ways you can enter for a chance to receive a copy:

  1. Leave me a comment telling me why you’d like to have a copy of Putting God Back in the Holidays.
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Each of these counts as one entry. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each and make sure you leave your email or that there’s a way for me to contact you through your profile.

The giveaway will run until midnight on Wednesday, November 24th .

Have a blessed holiday season!

(I want to extend a special thanks to Janis Backing at Moody Publishing for providing my review copy and the copies for my readers.)

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  1. I would love to check out this book because I want to teach my son how to live in the world, but not of it.ndisilvio @ gmail . com

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  3. What a wonderful giveaway! I hope I win a copy, because traditions are very important to me, but so is teaching my kids the Real Reason why we have all these wonderful celebrations!

  4. What a great giveaway! I already follow your blog, and I will love to win this book because having a Christ centered Christmas is our greatest joy at home!Blessings!

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway! This is something I strive to teach my children. Our world has gotten so far away from it with commercialism and such. This would be a great resource to add to our collection. 🙂

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  10. I would love to win this book. I was talking to my husband the other day how sad I was that Christmas to me as a child was more about Santa coming, and presents, and….me. I really don't want my children to grow up feeling the same way. I hadn't thought to apply it to other holidays (besides Easter, obviously) I would love to read all about it.

  11. I would ♥ a copy so we can read it to our son. 🙂 So important to learn!

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  17. I'd love a copy of the holiday book. We have a few traditions on Christmas and Easter, but I'd love to see ways to incorporate Christ into other holidays.

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  20. Wow; that sounds really neat. I am especially interested in their suggestions for "smaller" holidays, like Labor Day.

  21. I love your blog and your giveaway! What a great idea! I'd like to have the book because my husband and I are married for almsot 2 years and are trying to start some traditions to carry on when we have kids in a few years!

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  24. I would love to win this book! It could be a great help in starting traditions. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  25. I think it is always good to remember the real reason for this holiday season. It sounds like a great book!

  26. I like remembering and learning about the real reason behind holidays, instead of it just being a day off work or school

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  28. I would love a copy. Holiday Celebrations are big at our house and I would love ideas to make them more meaningful.

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  30. I tried to read this book. Couldn't get into it. Will try again since two people I really like (you and Autumn at http://www.kerrvillehomeschoolers.com) suggest it. She even gave me a copy. Great giveaway!

  31. Oh, I'd really like a copy of this book because I do not like trying to come up with things on my own. My brain just won't do it. Would love a book that gives me ideas I can put to use quickly!

  32. This book sounds like it would be a great fit for my family. We try to keep God in the holidays, but that's easier to do with some than others. I could always use more ideas and encouragement.

  33. We are really intentional about how we celebrate and I am always looking for new ideas…

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