Book review, Non-Fiction

Book Review: Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

I was absolutely delighted to receive Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp to review.  I love Ann Voskamp’s blog and her books.  I wish words flowed so beautifully from my fingers as they do through hers.  I was really looking forward to spending time reading this with the girls.

The book is meant for families to read together daily in the days leading up to Christmas–during the Advent season.  It celebrates the Jesse tree tradition as it takes readers through the Bible from Adam to Jesus.  It really could be read at any time of the year though as many stories from the Bible are told.  The photos on the cover depict all the stories told in the book.

ann voskamp unwrapping the greatest gift book
One thing that I really love about this book is that it encourages families to read together.  There are daily scripture readings, questions and answers, and a daily suggestion of a project your family can do together.

That being said, it isn’t perfect.  I won’t go into the questionable theology (that’s a subject better discussed with my theologian husband) but there are some things in which I’m not 100% in agreement with Ann.  As much as I looked forward to reading this with our family, after a few nights we found it to be much too wordy and way over our youngest daughters’ heads.  Ann has a way with words but in this book it was a little over the top.  We didn’t read the entire book aloud to them as they lost interest very quickly.  Maybe when they are a few years older we will try again.

I did enjoy the book myself and I plan to try reading this book with the girls again in a few years.  I’d recommend it for families with older kids, age 10 and up.


I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.


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