By: Steven Estes Illustrated by Sarah Bland Halulko
New Growth Press, 978-1936768677, 2013, 84 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Compassion, Celebration, and Counsel for a Joy Filled Christmas
Steven Estes captures the full gambit of feelings that accompany the Christmas season in A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Christmas. Sage counsel from King Solomon’s writing.
Over the years I have experienced the same frustrations and the excitement of family Christmases Steven describes. I am grateful for a Christian heritage that shaped my values, attitudes and outlooks, especially as I face the Christmas season, with its commercialism, celebrations, traditions, and ceremonies.
Steven Estes brings together a combination of comfort, humor, and hope as he illustrates eternal truths through the inspired proverbs of Solomon, guiding the reader into the blessed truth of God’s gift, His Son, our redeemer.
In this pre-Christmas season I am facing new personal challenges. Reflecting on the heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, stories included in A Better December has given me a new appreciation for the message of the season – the birth of Jesus, the promised savior.