Book Thoughts by Rachelle
I love illustrated Christmas books and The Christmas Doll was excellent. The paintings are beautiful and really pulled me into the story. I enjoyed reading this for myself, to my children, and watching my children read it again. The story is touching–a reminder of days gone by when there weren’t many toys available and for many children, Christmas didn’t come with more than one or two presents.
The fact that this is based on a true story makes the story all the more heart-warming. It’s a perfect addition to your Christmas collection!
Here’s more about the book:
Christmas is fast approaching, but in the Saxton home, there is no money for gifts. Could there still be something special for Gail underneath the tree?
In The Christmas Doll, best-selling author Jason F. Wright shares a true story from the life of Gail Saxton Miller, billionaire businesswoman and owner of the Utah Jazz NBA team. But Gail’s childhood was vastly different from her life now—facing poverty in the 1940s, the Saxton family made ends meet by turning their small home into rental apartments and made do with hand-me-downs and secondhand items.
However, their humble circumstances didn’t stop the Saxtons from being rich in what mattered most: self-less acts of love, the rewards of a job well done, and the hope and renewal we can feel through Jesus Christ. All of these lessons come together at Christmastime, when Gail learns of love and sacrifice through a single, precious gift.
The Christmas Doll teaches a wise lesson about the true meaning of the holiday. Christmas isn’t just about beautiful decorations or shiny, expensive gifts; it’s about the miracle of Jesus to make old things new, revitalize our lives, and bring out the best in humankind to care for another.
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