Tuesday, September 12, 2023

A Beautiful Story: Jesus and St. Nick by Sarah French - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Beautiful Story: Jesus & St. Nick by Sarah French
Category:  Children's Non-Fiction (ages 3 to 8), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Sarah French
Release date:   Sep 2023
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
Book Description:

The Christmas season is here, and you once again have to juggle the story of Jesus with good Ole St. Nick…

…but what if you didn’t have to?

This beautifully illustrated bedtime story teaches children the story behind St. Nick and how he was a follower of Jesus too! Children will learn about the birth of Jesus, the importance of giving, and the reason for many of our holiday traditions.

A Beautiful Story: Jesus & St. Nick will quickly become a family favorite. Parents love the values it teaches, and kids love the way it brings the real Christmas story to life! Make this book a Christmas tradition in your household so your kids will grow up understanding why we celebrate Christmas with certain traditions today. And don’t worry! We don’t give away any holiday secrets!
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My Review
A Beautiful Story is a lovely children's book with gorgeous illustrations and a heartwarming message about the importance of giving. It's a book parents can feel good about giving to their young readers, and it's a story that will bring joy and happiness to families who read it together. 
The book tells the story of the birth of Jesus and why Christmas goes hand-in-hand with that. It also tells the story of St. Nick, the man that Santa Claus is based on. He was a follower of Jesus and enjoyed giving to families. Both Jesus and St. Nick are important to Christmas, and this story teaches kids about both without giving away any secrets. It also teaches kids that giving is more important than receiving, especially when it can help bring a smile to someone else's face, and bring some joy into their life. 
I do believe this book is a must-read for all families, and it would make a lovely holiday tradition to read it each year and remind us all that both Jesus and St. Nick (and their desire to give and bring joy and happiness to others) are the real reasons for the Christmas season. 
5 stars!

Guest Post
How do you do Santa as a Christian? How do you do Santa as a Christian? That’s the question I received on social media a few years ago. I had written my book a year prior just for my own children. I wanted them to understand the reason behind many of our family traditions, like why we hang stockings. But more importantly, I wanted them to understand that St. Nicholas was a follower of Jesus. I also wanted them to be encouraged to be giving to others like Santa. I tried writing the story in a way that helps children understand the history of St. Nick, but doesn’t give away any Christmas secrets. I think we all want our kids to stay kids as long as possible. They grow up too fast! As a child, I had such wonderful memories of making cookies for St. Nick and being surprised with gifts in the morning. Every year my kids fill shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. They send the boxes full of gifts for children in need. You can track your shoe box as well and see where it ends up. The kids love it, and I think it’s a good lesson in being like “Santa” and surprising others with gifts. St. Nicholas once said, “The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God’s giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.” 

Meet the Author:

Sarah French is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist. She is a broadcast news anchor for the NBC affiliate, WCNC Charlotte.

Sarah joined WCNC from WHDH in Boston, MA. She was the morning anchor there and joined the team in 2011. She was also the host of What's CookingHow to Help, and Backstage in Boston. Prior to WHDH, Sarah was the morning anchor at WTIC in Hartford, CT. Sarah began her career as a reporter for KOMU in Columbia, MO.

Sarah brings rich experience covering major world events. She was on the ground covering the Boston Marathon bombing, the destructive aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She holds three prestigious Emmy Awards. She also received the "Speak for Thyself Award" honoring community advocates and non-profit leaders, as well as Boston’s Most Exceptional Women Honoree.

Sarah is an inspirational champion for several notable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She is also an advocate for domestic violence victims. After the tragic death of her friend and colleague, Alice Morrin, Sarah worked tirelessly with Connecticut legislators to pass a 911 texting bill after Alice's death.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In 2021, she went back to school and earned her Master of Journalism degree. After covering the Boston Marathon bombing, Sarah decided her research would focus on how to help journalists who cover traumatic events.

Sarah is a member of Cherokee nation. She grew up in Arkansas and lives in Charlotte with her husband and two kids. They also have two dogs, Buddy and Teddy! Sarah is a huge fan of the theater and enjoys spending her free time with family. Sarah also volunteers in the children's ministry of her church.

connect with author: website
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