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Holiday Book Roundup

It’s no secret that I love books here at My Ink Dance. As the holidays draw closer, I want to share some of my favorite reads to share with your family,  to give as gifts, or just enjoy for yourself.

Consider this What I Read, Christmas Edition!

The Littlest Angel – A truly touching story that I can never get through without crying. Beautifully told with stunning illustrations.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – Sweet and focused on the softening of even the hardest of hearts with love.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree – Courage, family, and tradition all wrapped in this Appalachian tale.

The Legend of the Candy Cane – Claiming the trinkets of the season for Jesus, this story illustrates that Christmas really is all about Him.


The Greatest Gift – A beautiful long-form devotional to set your heart on the things of the season that really matter.

The Women of Christmas – Explore and prepare your heart for Christmas through the eyes of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. A scripture based treasure that women will love.

The Christmas Box – A fictional series that leaves your turning pages and reminded of what Christmas is all about. Even through immense hardship and even hardened hearts you can see the beauty of Jesus in each person.

The Shoe Box – This book is a true Christmas treasure, and perfect for anyone who doesn’t know Jesus (or needs a little reminding). The Shoe Box is filled with a beautiful tale about a foster boy, the author’s holiday traditions and recipes, as well as the complete Christmas story from the Bible.


Do you have a favorite holiday book to share? 

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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  1. Becky, I have several of the books above and all are wonderful Last year I discovered the Advent devotional “Come, Lord Jesus” by Kris Camealy. I already have it pulled out to read again this year. It was a real treasure!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love the title of that! It sounds like what I need! LOL

  2. My favorite children’s book is Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Another one to look for! Thanks for sharing Debbie!

  3. These all sound great! I haven’t read a lot of Christmas books but John Piper’s Christmas book, ‘The Dawning of Indestructible Joy’ stand out for me. It was really good! I’m visiting from the ‘Dream Together’ link-up. : )

    1. Becky Hastings

      So glad you’re here Cathy! I haven’t read Piper’s Christmas book! I’ll have to check it out!

  4. Hi Becky! You have a great roundup here. I like the Women of Christmas book suggestion best. I just posted my own roundup as well.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Sarah! Headed over to take a look now! I’ve also got a fun book surprise coming in December! Can’t wait to share!

  5. For kids, probably our favorite is The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler’s Sons. My favorite grown up book is Luci Shaw’s collection of poetry: Accompanied by Angels.
    Thanks for this great post! Love a good Christmas read!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Oooohhhh! I’m not familiar with either of these. More to check out!

  6. I love The Littlest Angel! Definitely one of my favorites!

    1. Becky Hastings

      LOVE IT! I cry every.single.time.

  7. Barbara H.

    I enjoyed The Women of Christmas. I think I read it two years in a row. Other favorites: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas by Nancy Guthrie and R. Kent Hughes; Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent by Nancy Guthrie; A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs; Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon. Though Little Women isn’t a Christmas book per se, since it begins with Christmas and has another memorable one in it, it’s kind of Christmasy. For kids: The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Wow! Great books to add to my list! Thanks for sharing Barbara!

  8. How exciting to see Christmas books popping up. I’ve read a few of those, but not most of them, so I see I still have enjoyment to be had. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      Happy reading! 🙂

  9. I just love Christmas stories for the kids- I don’t mind a cozy winter story for myself either, though I am not sure I have a favorite!

    1. Becky Hastings

      There is something cozy about Christmas stories, isn’t there?

  10. I’ve read most of them. But, where is mine? The 31 Days of Christmas? ;(

    1. Becky Hastings

      OH NO! I haven’t read yours! I’ll need to get that on my To Be Read list ASAP! 🙂

  11. I can’t believe I’ve read none of these! They all sound great, thanks for sharing your list. I think the Greatest Gift was the one I’d wanted to read last Christmas. Have you seen the Proverbs 31 devo for today? (Nov. 30) The one in that post looks great too. I saw it on instagram the other day and decided I needed it. 🙂 Can’t remember the name…looking up…”Unwrapping the Names of Jesus.” Next year we should plan in time for all of us to do one together! 🙂 Happy Holidays, friend. xoxo

    1. Becky Hastings

      That’s a great idea Brenda! A book club/blogging link up! Woo hoo!

  12. I love this, Becky! And you already listed my all-time favorite: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. Simply stunning in every way, for children of all ages. Thank you so much for sharing this…stopping by from #Grace&Truth.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love, love, love that book! It’s not Christmas without it!

  13. Well! I haven’t ever heard of any of these… Guess I’ve got some reading to do! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Becky Hastings

      So many books friend! And more coming later this month 🙂

  14. Love several of these and will look forward to exploring some new ones. The Littlest Angel was my favorite as a child.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s really the greatest 🙂

  15. Hi Becky! Our favorite children’s book was one that we read through each night of advent called, “Jotham’s Journey.” It’s a great adventure story that ends in the manger. There are parts that are a little scary for little ones.. (Thanks for linking up!)

    1. Becky Hastings

      I just got that book! I can’t wait to read it with the kids!

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