Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What Think Ye of Christmas?- a book review and giveaway

Some of the greatest gifts happen unannounced; they slip in quietly and unfold over time, becoming more dear, more meaningful as days and years pass by.



People are this way.

The people who unassumingly inspire you with their beautiful thoughts and wisdom.

These are usually the people who have no idea that they are inspiring or beautiful or wise, they are simply seeking and living and giving and offering their art- their avodah - before God- humbly and authentically and generously, and in the process their art- their spirit- spills onto you and you are somehow better and wiser because of them.

One of these kind souls who I am so blessed to know is Charrette, of Divergent Pathways.  Charrette is not her real name, but a French design term meaning "an intense meeting of the minds," and her blog is just that.  Jana Winters Parkin   is just the kind of person I have described- wise and inspiring- and amazingly talented.  Her talent is in both words and paint, and it flows from a mind wide awake to the beauty in the world.

Jana lives in a way that points toward the goodness and truth and loveliness in everything- even pain and struggle, and her art is just that as well- good and true and lovely.

This summer the blog fell silent and I was curious to know what she could be up to, believing that of course she was up to something- and I knew it was something good.  I was not disappointed.  You really must read for yourself the path her summer took.

Beauty and grace . . .
I am so happy to have received the book Jana illustrated, What Think Ye of Christmas?
I love to read books that unveil the sacred all around us- the miracles everywhere.  Jana's rich and joyful illustrations combined with the simple message of this book leads you to experience the season in a new and meaningful way- by finding Christ in every familiar part.  Everything from ornaments and lights to the business of the season can celebrate the Savior if you recognize them as symbols, like the star, "leading us to Bethlehem.

What Think Ye of Christmas? will become a delightful tradition in our home, one to be read many times each year, and is also a meaningful gift to give (it happens to be several times on my list of gifts to give).  The book can be purchased here 

I would love to give one copy of What Think Ye of Christmas? away to a reader!  Simply leave a comment on this post.  Giveaway ends Sunday night, November 21, when I will randomly select a winner.

Thanks, Jana, for the gorgeous book and giveaway!

11/21 updated:  Congratulations Happy Mom!  Your number was randomly selected by my three year old!  I will contact you for your address to send you the book! Thanks to all who entered!

16 comments:

michelle regula said...

What a great blog, as always. I know when I come to read your blog I will be put in a better mood. Thanks so much for what you write.

amanda said...

looks and sounds like a beautiful book :) how cool that you are doing a giveaway! i hope you get tons of responses!!!!

RobinLS said...

Ah Jess, you have such a way with words. This looks like an amazing book and the illustrations I'm sure are gorgeous!

Fijufic said...

Hmmm very pretty post. It is refreshing to read actually.

Thank you,
Bobby

ali said...

This looks beautful! How exciting that you are doing a giveaway! Suspense! :)

charrette said...

Jess, you are too, too, kind. I'm tearing up over the goodness of your words and how well you understand me. And how much better you see me than I see myself.

I'll link to this later today when I announce the winners of my own giveaway.

Tisa said...

sounds like an amazing piece of work! it's so easy to get lost in all the sales that cheapen the message of christmas...this sounds like a gentle reminder of the richness of it all.

jen said...

Once again, my dear Jess, your quiet grace and wisdom beyond your years inspire me. Thank you for sharing from your heart in such a blessed and profound way. You truly have the gift. You moved my soul today...thank you. I'll be back.

Kris said...

My mother in law has been telling me I should check out your blog for awhile now...and then today I was reminded of it when I saw Amanda's Facebook status...
I am now subscribed and loving your writing :) Thanks for posting!

Misha Leigh. said...

I love that art - would love to read it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess! As a stay at home mother of two boys, I look to your words of wisdom & sanity :) and just relating to another mother! Thank you for getting me through hard days and easy days too! You are such an inspiring writer and cant wait to check out this book!

Crystal Mallernee

Shannon said...

Jess, went to her website. LOVE. :) I'm going to order a few for presents too! Love you!

Happy Mom said...

The art is so beautiful!! I'm new here, planning on poking around!

at the end of the alphabet said...

<3 it, as usual. miss you...lets plan a day next week to hang. i'd say today- but i'm up to my elbows in panties? weird.

Janet said...

This looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the inspiring thoughts.

Ashley said...

What a wonderful Christmas tradition to start! The illustrations look BEAUTIFUL!