today’s book: millie’s christmas by kathy mckinsey
As I said earlier today, Christmas is only FIVE DAYS AWAY!!! This week I’m wrapping up my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads. Christmas books make me happy!
So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your own bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s featured book is an adorable children’s book + the author shares why we should party this Christmas!
GENRE: Children’s Christmas Book
PUBLISHER: Mantle Rock Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2019
Ruthie says Millie will love Christmas. Ruthie is Millie’s best friend, so she’s sure Ruthie’s right, but why does Millie keep finding Ruthie and her brother Jake crying?
Millie, an orange kitten, shares about her first Christmas. Her best friend Ruthie, six years old, teaches Millie about Christmas—food, decorations, music, presents, and Jesus!
Millie’s friend Bruce, the family dog, also helps her celebrate Christmas, and sometimes gets her in trouble.
When Ruthie’s big brother Jake breaks his ankle, Millie learns about sad things, like divorce, when Jake can’t visit his mommy for Christmas. Millie watches Ruthie’s family love each other through the sadness and find joy in Christmas.
by Kathy McKinsey, author of Millie’s Christmas
I’ve heard people say that all the busyness and commercialism surrounding Christmas takes away from the true reason for the season. I understand what they mean. Since the kids were little, we’ve made instead of bought almost all of our Christmas gifts.
But seriously, let’s have a party!
A line from a worship song that pinches my heart every time I hear it says, “He didn’t want Heaven without us, so Jesus brought Heaven down.”
John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
And Galatians 4:4-5: “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”
I can’t think of a better reason for a party, (and I love parties.)
The God of the universe loves us. He wants to share Heaven with us for eternity. So, he sent his son down to Earth to rescue us, and that is what I want to celebrate this Christmas.
I love giving gifts to my children. I thank my Heavenly Father for all the gifts he’s given to help us celebrate this wonderful time.
Delicious, favorite foods. Joyful songs, ringing bells, bright, colorful decorations. Sweet, spicy smells.
I thank God that we use this time of year to get together with family, and to send and receive happy greetings from people we often don’t hear from otherwise.
I thank him for the excuse to share fun gifts with the people I love.
Like a child, I enjoy the heart-warming, mysterious story that surrounds the birth of Jesus, the old familiar bible verses and hymns that make me smile again this year.
I love all of the excitement and laughter and good times that go with this time of year.
Let’s have a party!
Kathy McKinsey grew up on a pig farm in Missouri, and although she’s lived in cities for nearly 40 years, she still considers herself a farm girl.
She’s been married to Murray for 31 years, and they have five adult children. She’s had two careers before writing—being a stay-at-home-Mom and working as a rehabilitation teacher of the blind.
Now she lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two of her children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille transcribing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with the cat and dogs.
Kathy McKinsey is offering one of my readers an ebook copy of Millie’s Christmas! (Open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Millie’s Christmas? What reasons do you have for joy this Christmas?